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News Story
9/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sept. 25--WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- After claiming he paid way more for insurance that delivered way less and waited on hold for hours to complain, Kevin McCarthy said he needed a way to get Blue Shield of California's attention. So he sued them. The Westlake Village resident and his wife, Jane, are among the lead plaintiffs in one of two...
News Story
9/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based advocacy organization filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Blue Shield and Cigna, claiming the health insurance companies misrepresented their coverage in order to make a larger profit. The lawsuits, filed by Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica, alleges the two insurance companies delayed enrollment in Affordable...
News Story
9/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As Sheila Davidson recovers from surgical complications, she said it's her Cigna healthcare policy that's making her sick. "It's a nightmare," Davidson said. "I fought this hard to get my health back. I'm not letting it go yet." Sally Greer suffers from heart disease, but calls her policy with Blue Shield "...
News Story
9/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California and Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. policyholders filed putative class actions in California state court on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, alleging the companies engaged in "bait and switch" schemes by misrepresenting doctor availability in their Affordable Care Act plans. The Complaints accuse Blue...
News Story
1/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told insurance giant Cigna Corp. to stop selling health plans bearing the name of California's health exchange because it was deceptive. Cigna opted out of participating in the Covered California exchange when it launched last year. But the company continued selling policies outside the exchange and labeled...
News Story
5/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California's newly created health exchange announced the bottom line on its insurance policies and rates Thursday, bringing sharper focus to family impacts of next year's health care overhaul. Thirteen companies were selected to sell policies for the individual market through Covered California, a state-owned marketplace for comparing...
News Release
5/23/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog responded today to the news that the state’s three largest health insurance companies -- Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser -- would continue to dominate the health insurance market in the California health exchange with concerns that patients will continue to pay excessive premiums because of decreased...
News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In another major step toward national health reform, California on Thursday unveiled a list of insurers who will offer coverage through the state's new health exchange marketplace, providing the first glimpse into plans and prices for up to 5.3 million people not covered by employers. Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California...
Blog Post
5/18/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
On June 4th, at our Rage for Justice Awards, Consumer Watchdog will induct two remarkable patient advocates into the select group in Consumer Watchdog's Hall of Fame. Dana Christensen and Hilda Sarkisyan will be welcomed into the Hall of Farme for their heroic efforts to raise awareness about health insurance company abuses. Dana was...