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No Factual Basis for Allegations Made by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Apr 27, 2010



No Factual Basis for Breast Cancer Rescission Allegations 

On Thursday, a Reuters news article accused Anthem Blue Cross' parent company of targeting for rescission women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. While the article was an egregious misstatement of the facts, there have been numerous follow-up media inquiries as well as political statements based upon it. 

On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a letter to Angela Braly, the Chair, President and CEO of our parent company, regarding the assertions. The attached letter from Angela Braly responds to the Secretary. Also attached is the Anthem Blue Cross statement responding to the Reuters article. 

Anthem Blue Cross wanted you to have these documents in hand so that you could speak knowledgably about the issues involved and share them as needed if you get questions about the story.  

Anthem Blue Cross is deeply disappointed that these various allegations would be made without regard for the facts. Anthem Blue Cross works to prevent breast cancer, to detect it early and to get their members into treatment. They also work to ensure that all of their members are getting best-practice care for breast cancer.  

Anthem Blue Cross is proud of their record in improving care for women with breast cancer in this country and will continue to make it a priority.

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