California Health Insurance
Denied Health Insurance Coverage?
Residents of California can be denied health insurance coverage for a variety of reasons. You may be denied coverage after reaching a maximum coverage amount due to an illness or treatment. You may be denied because of a lack of continued eligibility or even a change in job position that renders you ineligible for sustained coverage. Whatever the reason, being denied coverage can make paying for a long term illness or condition next to impossible for many Californians.
Your health insurance claim in California can be denied for a myriad of reasons. One of the most common reasons given, however, is labeled as "material misrepresentation." This is a term used whenever an insurance company deems that you have misrepresented some fact or facts on your initial or renewal application. Under California law, this error has to be something that is significant enough that it would have led the insurer to refuse your policy originally.
Typical examples of material misrepresentation include unreported or underrepresented levels of tobacco or drug use, the exclusion of a chronic medical condition, dangerous hobbies, piloting, skydiving, or a history of reckless driving.
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Recent changes in the California health insurance laws have made it much easier for claimants to get approval for the medical treatments they require. For example, California residents can now legally sue HMOs and other health insurance providers after being denied coverage for vital treatments. According to state laws, these companies have to be accountable for denials, and the legal system now provides an outlet for regular folks to take on huge insurers--and win.