The California attorney general's office opened an investigation Thursday into allegations that the state's largest health insurers were rejecting medical claims at alarming rates.
The inquiry was prompted by a report released Wednesday by the California Nurses Association. The report suggested that the insurers rejected a fifth of all claims received over the past seven years.
"The public is entitled to know whether wrongful business practices are involved," Attorney General Jerry Brown said Thursday in a statement.
The California Association of Health Plans, an industry trade group, disputed the allegations.
"They're trying to represent it as if care was being denied, that people's health was being put at risk," said Nicole Kasabian Evans. "Their numbers distort the reality."
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