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Regulators helped ’small fraction’ of patients who lost coverage
California Watch

Only a “small fraction” of patients who lost their health insurance after getting sick received money from settlements negotiated by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and the Schwarzenegger administration’s insurance regulator, Assembly researchers say. Poizner, who is running for governor, and leaders of the state’s Department of Managed Health Care have announced major settlements in recent years with health insurers who cut off the coverage to about 6,000 patients, even though many were dealing with debilitating and costly illnesses.

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