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8/22/2014
Posted by rob
“The letter stated directly that I would be getting $376 in savings…. When my first invoice arrived, I was shocked to see that the monthly premium was $2,300 -- almost double the rate quoted in the initial letter!” The health insurance plan I’ve been on for years was cancelled due to the ACA. Like many people, I didn...
Article
8/9/2014
Posted by rob
“We frantically thought through all of our options… this kind of rate increase would send us over the edge.” I’m an independent contractor, and one of the things I love about what I do is my autonomy and independence. My experience with Anthem Blue Cross jeopardized everything that I had built.  At the beginning of...
Article
8/8/2014
Posted by rob
“I’m getting $196 worth of health insurance for $854.” I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and now live in the Miracle Mile area. In 2004 I was paying $196 a month for the individual PPO plan that I’ve had for many years. Now, my rate is $854 a month, which means that in the last ten years my premium has more than...
Article
8/6/2014
Posted by rob
“Health care costs are the single largest expense in my family’s budget – larger than our mortgage - even larger than my daughter’s college tuition.”   I have a wife and two children. My daughter just finished her freshman year in college; my son is in high school. I have lived in California for most of my life...
Article
7/22/2014
Posted by rob
“After I pay huge monthly premiums Blue Cross redefines the only medication I use so they don’t have to pay.” In January 2014 I received the following information about my individual healthcare plan: "Medical plan premium As of April 1, 2014 the monthly premium on your health benefit plan coverage is changing. Your new...
Article
7/21/2014
Posted by rob
"I am 57 years old and was going to retire at 60 but I cannot because the cost of my health insurance is so high."   I have had Blue Cross Health Insurance since 1997 for my family.  When I started it cost $234 per month and now it is $2386 per month (10 times as much).  I am 57 years old and was going to retire at 60 but...
Article
7/2/2014
Posted by rob
“My total out of pocket expenses for medical care in the past 12 months have been staggering.” I am currently paying $1,584 per month for a grandfathered Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan. I looked at the options offered by Covered California. To my dismay, I discovered that there was not one plan that would allow me to see all the doctors...
Article
5/8/2014
Posted by rob
"For me, paying $260 per month for something I almost never use, plus having to pay $4,500 before coverage kicks in, and 100% of out-of-network care is like not having insurance at all." I am 43, an athlete, healthy, with no medical problems. I don’t use my insurance much and live on a pretty tight budget. Despite the fact that I...
Article
5/1/2014
Posted by rob
My name is Jennifer Tracy, and I am the Executive Director of the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC).  SDHC was founded in 2007 with the mission to reduce hunger and food insecurity in San Diego.  Between 2007 and 2011, the number of households relying on the help of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) to put food on their tables has...
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11/7/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered California, which has contracts with the insurers, to support the reprieve for beleaguered policyholders.