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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Release
11/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA - Two state audits released yesterday confirm a central allegation of twin class action lawsuits brought by Consumer Watchdog against Blue Shield and Blue Cross for dramatically misrepresenting the number of doctors available to consumers under new Obamacare health plans. "Hundreds of thousands of consumers have been misled...
News Story
11/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California violated state law by misleading consumers about the size of their provider networks, according to a report by the state Department of Managed Health Care, the San Jose Mercury News reports (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 11/18). Background Complaints of narrow networks have led to lawsuits filed...
News Release
11/13/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Beginning on Saturday consumers may enroll in new health coverage or switch plans for 2015. Consumers should be cautious when choosing coverage because health insurers continue to throw up roadblocks to quality care, said Consumer Watchdog.   “Federal health reform has dramatically improved the health care...
Video
11/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog informs consumers about the top ten things they need to know before signing up in the current open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.
Courtroom Case
11/12/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
Davidson v. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company; Cigna HealthCare of California, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC558566 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of California consumers against Cigna for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable...
Courtroom Case
11/12/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
McCarthy, et al. v. California Physicians’ Service d/b/a Blue Shield of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC558549 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Blue Shield for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales...
Courtroom Case
11/12/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
Felser, et al. v. Blue Cross of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC550739 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Blue Cross for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s first...
News Story
11/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The midterm elections were held on Nov. 4, 2014. Although not a major presidential election, this election determined which political party would have control of the Senate for the next two years. In order to have a majority in the Senate, 51 out of the 100 seats needed to be filled by one political party. The Republican Party was able to obtain...
News Release
11/11/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Doctors are charging Medicare millions for apparently unnecessary tests of seniors for illegal drugs like cocaine and PCP according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Medicare payment data. A San Diego company, Millennium Laboratories, was paid $190 million from Medicare in 2012 including $4.5 million for PCP tests, more...
News Story
11/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations - See more at: http://www.cjr.org/the_second_opinion/prop_45_local_tv_coverage_cali.php?page=all&print=true#sthash.XGthyGGL.dpuf A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of...