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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
It's been a year since many people discovered that the lists of doctors accepting Anthem Blue Cross' and Blue Shield's Covered California plans, both locally and beyond the borders of Humboldt County, were wildly inaccurate. Many of the doctors and specialists that the insurance companies promised policy buyers would accept their new...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A United States consumer group is calling for Californians to boycott a US$80 million computer system underpinned by software supplied by Auckland firm Orion Health. Orion Health announced the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal Index) had gone live on Monday, saying it was a major project for the company that would allow the medical records...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer organization and an anonymous HIV/AIDS patient are suing Aetna in federal court, claiming the insurer discriminates against people with HIV/AIDS by requiring them to buy medications through the mail starting Jan. 1. The plaintiffs say the mail order requirement is expensive and violates patients' privacy. The patient and advocacy...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Aetna Inc., saying a new policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS by making them get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy. Consumer Watchdog, which sued Friday in federal court, says mailing the drugs puts patients’ privacy at risk and is is...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
CMS Launches Investigation Into Potentially Discriminatory Plans The Obama administration has announced that it will investigate prescription drug plans and other health benefits offered by insurers to determine whether companies are discriminating against people with chronic conditions such as AIDS, mental illness and diabetes, the New York...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Aetna on Jan. 1 will force customers with HIV or AIDS to buy medicine from a subsidiary or pay thousands of dollars or more each month, a class action claims in Federal Court.      John Doe et al. sued Aetna, Aetna Healthcare, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy on Dec. 19. They also claim that the new policy...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog filed a lawsuit Friday against Aetna in federal court in San Diego, claiming the insurer discriminated against patients with HIV.   Because Aetna requires HIV patients to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy--with early refills of the drugs not permitted--Consumer...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, Consumer Watchdog urged California residents to boycott a new database being created by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California until patient privacy questions are addressed, the Los Angeles Times reports (Terhune, Los Angeles Times, 12/16). Background on Cal INDEX Database In August, Anthem and Blue Shield of California -- two...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group has sued the health insurer Aetna, claiming that it discriminated against patients with H.I.V. when it required them to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in San Diego by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, argues that Aetna’s policy violates the...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
HIV-positive plan subscribers of Aetna Inc. are suing to stop the insurance giant from putting into place a New Year’s policy that they say threatens their health and privacy, according to a putative class action filed in California federal court Friday. An unnamed John Doe seeks to lead a class of Aetna beneficiaries who say that they are...