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WellPoint, Aetna Led U.S. Insurers in Coverage Denial
San Francisco Chronicle

WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc., Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. denied health coverage to 49 percent more people over the past two years, citing pregnancy or plans for adoption among their reasons, a U.S. report found.

The insurers rejected 651,000 applicants from 2007 to 2009 for illnesses or conditions they had before applying for coverage, according to the report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat. Each company had a business plan to exclude pre-existing conditions, said the report.