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News Release
7/31/2017
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Under a recent settlement of two lawsuits, members of health plans issued by Aetna, Inc. and its subsidiary, Coventry Health Care, Inc., are no longer required to obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order and may obtain those medications at retail pharmacies.  The class action lawsuits alleged that Aetna and Coventry...
Video
7/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog's executive director Carmen Balber discusses the current state of health insurance in California, touching on the proposed mega-mergers and why they're bad for consumers, as well as Covered California's announced rate hikes and why they can't be stopped currently.
Blog Post
7/7/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined the nation’s leading consumer groups to submit a white paper to the Department of Justice today demonstrating why any potential remedies in the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers will not work to protect consumers from harm in a more concentrated health insurance market. Consumer Watchdog called on the...
News Release
6/23/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...
News Story
6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Aetna and Humana are one step closer to merging after approval from the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The merger will affect about 1.5 million people currently enrolled in health plans through the two insurers. This is the third health insurance merger the department has approved. In March, the agency approved the proposed...
News Story
6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California's health plan regulator approved Aetna Inc.'s acquisition of Humana Inc. with conditions that boost scrutiny of proposed premium rate increases and require that the merged plan keep small group rate increases to a minimum. The Department of Managed Health Care negotiated commitments from Aetna to ensure the merged company would...
News Story
6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Missouri was the first state to take regulatory action against the merger of insurance giants Aetna and Humana, but consumer advocates are petitioning the state’s top insurance regulator to go even further. A handful of advocacy groups, both national and local, are calling on John Huff, the director of the Missouri Department of Insurance,...
News Story
4/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The proposed $37 billion merger between health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. will face regulatory scrutiny Wednesday in a hearing by the California Department of Insurance. The 9 a.m. hearing in Room 113 of the State Capitol in Sacramento comes on the heels of last month’s meeting over Anthem Inc.’s plan to acquire Cigna Corp....
News Story
2/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog groups are speaking out after Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard approved the Aetna-Humana merger without a formal public hearing, according to Insider Louisville. Although insurance commissioners are not required to hold a public hearing, former Commissioner Sharon P. Clark was initially planning on holding a public hearing...
News Release
10/15/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price spikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. California Department of Insurance...