Thursday, March 24, 2011

Individual health insurance, directly purchased: GAO says, if denied, it pays to appeal

Today, March 24, Michelle Singletary has some advice in her “Color of Money” column for people frustrated by denials when trying to purchase health insurance on the individual market. The link to her story is here

The “auditing” arm of Congress, the General Accounting Office (GAO), looked at data since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in four states and found that between 40-60% of appeals of denials resulted in reversal and coverage.

The original report appears at the GAO site dated March 16, is titled “Private health insurance: Data on application and coverage denials” with link here

See also Feb. 21, 2011 on this blog. 

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