Chairman Rockefeller Releases New Investigative Report Revealing Widespread Deceptive Health Insurance Practices

June 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) announces the release of an investigative report, Underpayments to Consumers by the Health Insurance Industry”.
Statement from Chairman Rockefeller:  
“The Committee’s report reveals that millions of Americans have been forced to pay unjustified extra charges for health insurance coverage when they go out of network.  This is outrageous at any time, but especially as families all throughout our country are doing everything they can to make ends meet in this economy – this is despicable.  Deceptive practices by insurance companies are not only misleading and widespread, they are absolutely unacceptable to me and I won’t give up the fight for consumers until we bring this to a stop forever.”
HEARING TODAY: on “Consumer Choices and Transparency in the Health Insurance Industry”
Full Committee- Oversight & Investigations
Date:  TODAY- Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Hearing Start Time:  2:30 p.m.
Press Pre-Set Time: 1:45 p.m.
Location:  Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building
·         Wendell Potter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Health Insurance Industry Insider
·         Karen Pollitz, Research Professor, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
·         Nancy Metcalf, Senior Program Editor, Consumer Reports
*Not necessarily in the order of appearance
Please see staff report below.