I wonder how many more arbitration cases this guy will get

Health Net ordered to pay $9 million after canceling cancer patient’s policy – Los Angeles Times:

One of California’s largest for-profit insurers stopped a controversial practice of canceling sick policyholders Friday after a judge ordered Health Net Inc. to pay more than $9 million to a breast cancer patient it dropped in the middle of chemotherapy. The ruling by a private arbitration judge was the first of its kind and the most powerful rebuke to the state’s major insurers whose cancellation practices are under fire from the courts, state regulators and elected officials.

Seriously. It’s pretty well established that arbitrators who rule against companies stop getting cases referred to them (since it’s usually the company who controls the choice).

The cancel-the-sick scam is pretty disgusting, and pretty widespread, apparently. Ultimately, it’s a return to the 19th century model of insurance, where companies would establish fire-insurance offices in a town, collect premiums (and spend them) until, as usual, a catastrophic fire burned a big chunk of the town. Then they’d declare bankruptcy and move on to the next set of suckers.


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