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Monday, March 26, 2007

New York Times: Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers

If you've been paying attention to the canaries in the coal mine, you must have noticed that health insurance is seriously broken here in America. From statistics such as fully 1/3 of Americans have no health insurance, to the fact that most middle class families can't afford it, to the facts that have been coming out about insurers playing some serious evil games with the seriously ill. Here's one more data point in the slow-going collapse of the health industry in America:

New York Times: Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers:
"The bottom line is that insurance companies make money when they don't pay claims," said Mary Beth Senkewicz, who resigned last year as a senior executive at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. "They'll do anything to avoid paying, because if they wait long enough, they know the policyholders will die." In 2003, a subsidiary of Conseco, Bankers Life and Casualty, sent an 85-year-old woman suffering from dementia the wrong form to fill out, according to a lawsuit, then denied her claim because of improper paperwork.

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