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News Release
3/4/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to require Anthem and Cigna to commit to a series of consumer protections over prices and benefits to address the companies’ past harmful practices, or reject the merger plan if the companies refuse. Read Consumer Watchdog’s letter to...
News Release
12/16/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned consumers shopping for health plans or thinking about switching plans of five significant challenges to quality care.  Consumers are currently in the process of enrolling in new health coverage or switching plans for 2016. Consumer Watchdog offered tips to help avoid these consumer pitfalls...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Dive Brief: Until now, Cigna has had a policy stating that patients buying HIV drugs must use its mail-order pharmacy program in order to obtain the drugs. Consumer Watchdog sued Cigna on behalf of a man who lives in Fort Lauderdale, FLA. The suit, which was filed in Florida federal court, alleges discrimination and violation of the Affordable...
News Story
10/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. on Thursday agreed to remove certain HIV/AIDS medications from a list of drugs that must be obtained through mail order, setting a proposed nationwide class action in Florida that alleged the list was discriminatory. In an agreed-upon motion to end the suit, Cigna said it has addressed the concerns raised by the...
News Release
10/9/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will end a requirement that patients across the United States obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order under a settlement announced today.   The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA, was filed by Whatley Kallas, LLP, Consumer Watchdog—a non-profit consumer group...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurer Cigna Corp on Friday agreed to drop its requirement that patients with HIV/AIDS get some of their medications exclusively through its mail-order pharmacy, settling a consumer lawsuit. California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which announced the settlement on Friday, had sued Cigna in April in Florida federal court on...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
People living with HIV/AIDS and insured through Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will no longer be required to buy their antiretroviral medications by mail order under a legal settlement reached in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale and announced Friday. Cigna agreed to change its policy after a nonprofit patient...
News Story
7/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In a mega-deal that alarms some health policy experts and consumer advocates worried about increasing industry consolidation and the prospect of higher premiums, health insurance giant Anthem has agreed to acquire rival Cigna for $54 billion.     The agreement announced Friday would create the health insurance industry's biggest...
News Story
4/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Cigna has been violating the Affordable Care Act and discriminating against its members with HIV/AIDS by requiring those individuals to get medications from its mail-order pharmacy, according to a class action lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog. Filed in federal court in Florida, the lawsuit claims that mailing HIV/AIDS drugs violates patient...
News Story
4/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Following a string of lawsuits aimed at eradicating discrimination against HIV patients by the nation’s major health insurers, a Fort Lauderdale resident has sued Cigna claiming the insurer forces HIV patients to obtain their medications solely through mail-order. The suit, filed by non-profit consumer group Consumer Watchdog, national...