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WellPoint Heeds Dem Requests, Drops Rescissions

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"The race is on," House Health Subcommittee chair Pete Stark said in a statement. "WellPoint took the first step, now it's up to the other insurance companies to show they're serious about making health reform work."

Ways And Means Commitee chair Sander Levin, who also signed the letter to insurers today, said it was about time that the practice of dropping insurance from sick policyholders come to an end.

"WellPoint's rescissions have drawn a great deal of attention to this reprehensible practice," he said. "While I welcome the news that they will immediately implement the ban on individual policy rescissions, I strongly encourage other companies that have engaged in this practice to immediately follow suit."