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News Story
1/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
San Diego, CA: An insurance lawsuit has been filed against Blue Cross of California, alleging a new program run by the company amounts to discrimination. In addition to claims of discrimination, the lawsuit alleges Blue Cross is guilty of bad faith insurance, not because policyholders have had their insurance claim denied, but because the new...
News Story
11/28/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
California's largest for-profit health insurer proposes an average rate hike of 18%, but some Anthem customers may see increase of as much as 25% in February.   California's largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing...
News Release
4/4/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The rate increases are the second or third for most...
News Release
3/22/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross will raise health insurance rates for nearly 600,000 Californians by as much as 20% on May 1. A ballot initiative to make health insurance more affordable by regulating premium increases is necessary to protect Californians from excessive rate hikes, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. Friday is...
News Story
3/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
The state's largest for-profit health insurer will raise rates 8.2% on average, down from its earlier request of 10.4%, in response to pressure from state officials. Anthem Blue Cross agreed to trim its rate increases for nearly 600,000 customers in California in response to pressure from state officials, but many families still could see...
News Story
3/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Prepared To Do Battle Against Premium Regulation California's provider and payer communities lined up this week against a proposed ballot measure for the November election that would provide the California Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health insurance premiums. The California Medical Association, California Hospital...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of insurers, doctors and hospitals opposes a proposed initiative. California's doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have launched a united campaign against a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, and proponents returned fire. The proposed ballot initiative seeks to give the...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Release
2/29/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, yet still plans to raise rates up to 14.8% for 320,000 California patients on March 1st. Repeated rate hikes in the face of massive company surpluses at the same time that inflation slows show the need for a ballot initiative to prevent...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The proposed premium hikes for hundreds of thousands of California consumers with individual coverage would outpace the cost of overall medical care, which has risen just 3.6% in the last year. California's largest health insurers are raising average rates by about 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of consumers with individual coverage,...