CALIFORNIA MAKE WHOLE DEFENSE: Okay, there is the "make whole doctrine" and the "make whole defense" - what the heck is the "make whole defense?"

Okay, I gave you a general answer to the "make whole doctrine" under California state law protection.

To answer your question about using it as a defense, please see as follows: 
 
Make whole is still a complete defense to a health plan subrogation or reimbursement claim under both California state law and ERISA (federal law), unless it is expressly waived in the insurance contract (provision). Express waivers of the defense are enforceable. Bear in mind that several large health plans (i.e. Health Net & Pacific Care) generally do not waive make whole in their subrogation provisions.  Those same health plans are heavily capitated and purport to assign the right to balance bill to their providers. Providers are normally subject to the make whole defense because they are usually creditors.  However, in the case of providers taking the right to balance bill by assignment from the health plan, providers subject themselves to all defenses that the insured had against the health plan, including the make whole defense.
 

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