Alex Smolonsky

Alex Smolonsky is a graduate student whose public policy interests include disparities in health care, access for minorities, and the affordability.

Below is an from a paper that I am writing:

Americans are already seeing the benefits of health care reform. The new law requires health insurance companies to stop canceling coverage after a policyholder falls ill.

The insurers decided to act after they were whacked by some bad publicity. An investigative report by Reuters and reporter Murray Waas disclosed that the nation’s largest insurer, WellPoint, was targeting women with breast cancer.

WellPoint fiercely denied singling out breast cancer patients, it acknowledged using computer algorithms- searching for excuses to cancel coverage. The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats urged insurers to stop the practice.