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Nurses Protest Insurance Rate Hike

It seems like the world is in an uproar. Protests in Egypt are displayed all over the news and now San Francisco had its own mini revolution at the Blue Shield corporate offices. With insurance rates going up at an amazingly high percentage, nurses are not taking the status quo lying down.
Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), reported in the Huffington Post that “Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve for the unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 percent it intends to foist on individuals and families.”
“’I’m angry. I find it really unfair that I’m forced to pay an unlimited amount to a private company. Basically, you have to pay the insurance or go away and die. Something has to change,’ said Patrick Killelea, contract programmer living in Menlo Park whose rates have increased 73% in past year,” reported DeMoro from a patient she interviewed.
DeMoro also explains that, “We presented new data, which the insurers themselves report to the state Department of Managed Care, documenting that insurers denied 26 percent of all claims last year. Since 2002, these seven firms, which account for more than three-fourths of all insurance enrollees in California, have rejected 67.5 million claims.”
With budget cuts, staffing decreases and increased patient loads, part of me can understand why a large amount of patient claims are denied. I also believe that many people want a quick fix for a problem that can be solved   through exercise, diet or change in lifestyle. However, I would like to know how many claims were valid and were denied (but we all know that’s not going to happen.)
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