Court Finds Triable Issue of Fact as to Rescission of Health Insurance, but Upholds Dismissal of Bad Faith and Punitive Damage Claims

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Following the Hailey and Nieto decisions, issues exist whether a Health Care Service Plan completed sufficient medical underwriting prior to rescission

In Nazaretyan v. California Physicians’ Service, ___ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___, 2010 WL 1038685 (2010), the California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of California Physicians’ Service dba Blue Shield of California (“Blue Shield”), a health care service plan, following its rescission of Gevork Nazaretyan and Narine Ghazaryan’s (the “Plaintiffs”) health care coverage. In a fact-driven decision, the Court of Appeal held that Blue Shield failed to establish, as matter of law, that its investigation prior to issuing Plaintiffs’ coverage was sufficient to demonstrate that it completed medical underwriting, as required under Health & Safety Code § 1389.3, to rescind for non-willful, material misrepresentations in the application for coverage.

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