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Lennon Donating Member (179 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 04:23 PM
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Canceled Cancer Patient Awarded $9 Million
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/22/health/main38...

A woman who had her medical coverage canceled as she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer has been awarded more than $9 million in a case against one of California's largest health insurers.

Patsy Bates, 52, a hairdresser from Gardena, had been left with more than $129,000 in unpaid medical bills when Health Net Inc. canceled her policy in 2004.

Arbitration judge Sam Cianchetti ordered Health Net to repay that amount while providing $8.4 million in punitive damages and $750,000 for emotional distress.

"It's hard to imagine a situation more trying than the one Bates has had to endure," Cianchetti wrote in his findings. "The rug was pulled out from underneath, and that occurred at a time when she is diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the leading causes of death for women."

"I had cancer, my life was on the line, and these guys did not care, did not care at all," Bates told the CBS Evening News last November.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 04:26 PM
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1. Yay Patsy!
Boo, Health Net Inc.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 04:39 PM
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2. Tactic by health providers: Wait until member has big potential claim, then scour app 4 false info
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