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News Release
1/22/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog will challenge executives at a Department of Insurance hearing into the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to commit to strong consumer protections as conditions of a merger approval.   The Department of Insurance has broad authority to set conditions on the merger deal.   “The history of health...
News Story
6/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A searing review of Medi-Cal managed care provider directories released Tuesday by the California State Auditor found numerous inaccuracies ranging from incorrect phone numbers of doctors to listings of providers who no longer were participating in the health plans. Telephone calls from thousands of frustrated consumers also have gone unanswered...
News Story
2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health Net used bait-and-switch tactics to enroll Californians into its inferior health plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, a class claims in court. Rebecca Lehman, of Los Angeles County, and Heather Womick, of Orange County, filed the complaint on December 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court against Health Net of California Inc., and its...
Video
2/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Randy Paige with KCBS TV-2 details how an actress claims Health Net’s “bait and switch” tactics forced her to pay $12,000 out-of-pocket for cancer treatment, an accusation echoed by at least two more women who are part of a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company.
News Release
2/3/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care “costs” not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will discuss the real financial threat patients face in a class-action lawsuit against Health Net for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks.  The...
News Story
2/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — An actress claims Health Net’s “bait and switch” tactics forced her to pay $12,000 out-of-pocket for cancer treatment, an accusation echoed by at least two more women who are part of a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company. The lawsuit, which was filed late in 2014 and will...
Courtroom Case
2/3/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Lehman, et al. v. Health Net of California, Inc. et al, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC567361 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Health Net for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, New York (December 22, 2014, 5:26 PM ET) -- Managed health care company Health Net of California Inc. was hit with a putative class action in California state court Friday alleging the company breached its individual health plan contracts by misprepresenting doctor availability in its Affordale Care Act plans. Plaintiffs allege that Health...
News Release
7/31/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign said that the smaller than usual rate hikes announced by Covered California today are good news for consumers and resulted in part from the presence of Proposition 45 on the ballot, which would require health insurance companies to get state approval before raising rates as they must in 35 other...
News Story
3/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
With two weeks left to sign up for coverage, California's health insurance exchange announced Monday it has surged past a major milestone -- 1 million enrollments -- well ahead of its March 31 goal. And a new report suggests what may be the biggest motivator for people when they are choosing a new health plan: cost. Insurers like Blue Shield...