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Health Net of California Bad Faith Claims

Health Net is the fourth-largest provider of health insurance in California, with over 1.9. million enrollees as of 2018. Health Net has also been the repeated target of bad faith claims by defrauded customers, fines from public regulators, and lawsuits filed by public prosecutors. Each year, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) receives hundreds of complaints from Health Net policyholders seeking only the care and benefits they’re entitled to receive under the terms of their policy.

Aggressive legal help for wronged Health Net policyholders in California

Customers of Health Net who have had claims wrongly denied, policies revoked without good cause, or payment delayed deserve justice. Fortunately, we’re prepared to help. The Los Angeles bad faith insurance lawyers at Gianelli & Morris have fought hard on behalf of California health insurance customers for decades, establishing ourselves as one of the leading names in the field of insurance bad faith litigation. Let our seasoned attorneys help you get not only the coverage you need but the damages you deserve after suffering unfair treatment at the hands of your insurer.

Health Net faces millions in bad faith lawsuit awards, penalties, and fines

Health Net has been the target of an overwhelming amount of legal action by California residents and authorities. The insurer has been accused of all manner of fraudulent behavior, ranging from canceling plans abruptly, to using a database allegedly designed to under-compensate customers for their out-of-network expenses. In 2018, Health Net settled with California policyholders who faced hundreds of dollars in unexpected costs for visiting out-of-network physicians. Health Net had falsely inflated its list of in-network physicians, and when contacted by patients for reimbursement for visiting whom they believed were in-network doctors, Health Net told the patients that those doctors were out-of-network and they were not entitled to reimbursement.

The health insurance bad faith team at Gianelli & Morris has first-hand experience in demanding that Health Net provide the coverage it promised to its customers. In 2017, our senior insurance bad faith attorney Robert Gianelli won a jury verdict of $7.2 million on behalf of a Health Net customer who failed to receive a timely referral to a surgeon in the case titled LaRue v. Health Net of California. Our lawyers are familiar with the underhanded tactics employed by Health Net and know how to effectively fight back on behalf of patients in need of help.

Public fines and legal action for bad faith conduct

Health Net has been publicly criticized and fined for how it handled enrolling and canceling customers’ policies, as well. The California DMHC fined Health Net $1 million for having a reprehensibly cruel and heartless policy of providing bonuses to its employees for revoking customer policies. Mere months later, the Los Angeles City Attorney sued the insurer for its practice of quickly approving applications for insurance coverage without reviewing the applications. Health Net would only review these applications when policyholders filed claims for benefits as a way of finding a reason to cancel the policies. Both of these practices are testaments to the greed and heartlessness with which Health Net has treated its customers in need of medical care.


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Our California Insurance Lawyers Help People Treated Unfairly by Health Net

If you’re a Health Net customer in California who has faced a wrongful claim denial, policy cancellation or other bad faith conduct as a Health Net policyholder, contact the seasoned and dedicated Los Angeles bad faith insurance lawyers at Gianelli & Morris for a no-cost consultation on your case at 213-489-1600.

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