Today’s Lady News: Report Says WellPoint Insurance Targeted Breast Cancer Patients

  • An exclusive investigation by Reuters alleges that health insurance company WellPoint used a computer algorithm to find breast cancer patients and drop their health benefits. This software tipped federal investigators off to a fraud investigation. Although many insurance companies have been known to drop clients who become ill — which is called “rescission” — investigators say WellPoint may be one of the worst offenders. In a statement to Reuters, WellPoint said there are various types of criteria that may prompt “rescission” of a policyholder. [Reuters]
  • A 12-year-old Saudi Arabian girl has been granted a divorce from her 80-year-old “husband.” Forced into a marriage at age 11 for a $22,000 dowry to her father’s cousin, the “child bride” protested so vehemently that she attracted international attention and support. The girl was represented by the state-run Human Rights Commission in court, which helped to privately settle the divorce. The HRC in Saudi Arabia also announced it would seek to set 16 years old as the minimum age for marriage. [AOL News]
  • Republican Review, a newsletter from the Medina County Republican Executive Committee in Ohio, thought the cleverest way to defeat Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) would be to say, “Let’s take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen!” Face meet palm. Can I get a big ol’ WTF?! from my conservative lady-pals? [Emily’s List]

  • Virginia’s General Assembly voted yesterday to accept a proposal from Gov. Bob McDonnell to restrict state funding for abortion except for in the cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. [Washington Post]
  • A new Health Department study in New York City found only 23 percent of women make their partners use condoms during anal sex, compared with 61 percent of men. Health experts warn that gay men might have gotten the message about HIV/AIDS prevention, but perhaps the focus should widen to include women. [New York Daily News]
  • Black breast cancer patients wait longer for diagnosis and treatment than white patients, regardless of their insurance status, according to a study by the GW Cancer Institute. Researchers examined data of 581 breast cancer patients between 1997 and 2009 at seven different D.C. hospitals and clinics and found that black women waited twice as long for a diagnosis and to begin treatment. [Business Week]
  • And now for some news that’s not depressing: April Capone Almon, the mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, has donated a kidney to one of her constituents whom she was “friends” with on Facebook. Carlos Sanchez, a father who has diabetes, couldn’t get a match from any of his relatives, so he took his pleas to his friends and family on Facebook — and, lucky for him, it worked! [New York Daily News]
  • The New York Times interviews Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, who is working on a resource guide for transgender people called Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. [New York Times]

Yesterday in Today’s Lady News, we learned that President Obama kinda sorta insinuated his next Supreme Court nominee will support legal abortion.