Cuomo to Sue a Health Insurer

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   Posted 2/13/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
This should be interesting if it actually plays out.  I'm sure there are more than one HMO that will be cuaght up in this.
Cuomo to Sue a Health Insurer; Industry Shares Fall (Update2)

By Karen Freifeld


Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he plans to sue one of the largest U.S. health insurers and to probe the health-care industry.

Cuomo will release details of the lawsuit and the investigation at a press conference at noon New York time, his office said in a statement today. UnitedHealth Group Inc., WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc. and other health insurers fell in New York trading in anticipation of Cuomo's announcement.

The New York Attorney General's office has been investigating whether insurers use ratings to send patients to cheaper physicians instead of better ones. Cuomo, 50, has said financial motives create a conflict of interest that may harm patients.



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   Posted 2/13/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Wonder if it will bring about any meaningful change.

The whole healthcare system in the US is so very, very broken. I wish someone would step in and come up
with some answers that would solve this. And, yes, I recognize that's asking for a lot.

Until people get up and arms and in legislators' faces, we don't stand a chance against the insurance and
pharmaceutical industries and their huge profits -- which they can use to hire even more lobbyists and exert
even more influence over the future of our healthcare. It's maddening.

Good for Cuomo, standing up to at least these two guys. Hope it leads to something positive for the little guy.

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   Posted 2/13/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting this, Keith! I wish he'd investigate the whole rotten bunch, including glossies like NY Magazine that love to flaunt their list of Best Doctors, 200you-name-the-year. Last week I got a "Dear John/Jane" letter from my internist, stating that she's quitting primary care to take on a hospital administration job. (She has published criticism of HMO standard operating procedures during the past 5 yrs.) Health care in the U.S. is indeed in crisis. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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