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News Story
1/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Mid-City woman said she was duped by an insurance company that sold her junk insurance. A year and a half ago, DeeAnn Davis lost her health insurance along with her job. “The Cobra insurance they extended was $900 a month. So I had to search for my own policy,” she said. So Davis called the...
News Story
11/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
(Reuters) - The plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing Anthem Blue Cross of California of engaging in a "bait and switch" by telling its individual customers that it will renew their health insurance plans for next year while actually slashing benefits has lost a motion for a temporary restraining order. Judge John Shepard Wiley...
News Story
11/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied an emergency request to stop Anthem from allegedly switching some California members out of their preferred provider organization plans and into new plans with significantly worse coverage without proper notice. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based consumer advocacy organization, late...
News Story
11/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To hold down premiums, the insurer switched to policies with no out-of-network benefits.   Several weeks ago, thick envelopes from Anthem Blue Cross stuffed with 21 pages of text landed in the mailboxes of thousands of the company's California customers. The cover letter indicated right at the top that their premiums were going up, and...
Video
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians.
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
8/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What’s in a name? When it comes to health plans sold on the individual market these days, it’s often less than people think. The lines that distinguish HMOs, PPOs, EPOs and POS plans from one another have blurred, making it hard to know what you’re buying by name alone — assuming you’re one of the few people who know...