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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Release
5/21/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has failed to effectively implement its mandate to help enrollees register to vote, and should restore voter registration funding that has been cut completely in the proposed budget it will consider today, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to executive director Peter Lee and the Board. According to data...
News Story
5/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy organization has launched a campaign to get state officials to explain why they revoked Blue Shield of California's tax-exempt not-for-profit status last year. Consumer Watchdog also wants the state to explain why Californians didn't learn of the decision for seven months. The California Franchise Tax Board decided in...
News Release
5/13/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- The state’s tax board must make public an audit and other records related to its historic decision to revoke Blue Shield of California’s tax-exempt status, according to letters sent today by Consumer Watchdog. Millions purchased health plans late last year believing Blue Shield was a "non-profit." Download...
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...
News Release
4/28/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Fort Lauderdale, FL -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, is discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS and attempting to circumvent the central reform of the Affordable Care Act, according to a national class action lawsuit filed late yesterday. The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA was brought by a Ft. Lauderdale resident. The...
News Story
4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Miami, FL -- A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Cigna saying a new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy. Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit Monday in South Florida federal court. It says...
News Story
4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A lawsuit filed against Cigna is the fourth attempt to force insurers to drop a mandatory mail-order drug program said to discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS.   South Florida-based plaintiffs law firm Podhurst Orseck is co-counsel for the potential class action brought by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer advocate teamed with...
News Story
4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates argue in a complaint filed Tuesday that insurer Cigna Corp. is illegally forcing AIDS and HIV patients to either get their prescriptions through the mail or pay high prices. The suit is the latest in a series of disputes involving access to HIV drugs under benefit structures that hold down costs. A Cigna spokeswoman said Tuesday...
News Story
4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, New York (April 28, 2015, 5:56 PM ET) -- A proposed nationwide class action filed Monday in Florida federal court alleged Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. discriminates against AIDS and HIV patients by requiring them to obtain life-saving medications via mail, echoing similar lawsuits against other insurance companies in recent years....