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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
2/13/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Can you believe the personal records of 80 million Americans were breached in the data hack health insurance company Anthem revealed last week? In the latest installment of our new short video segment, “Bite Back,”  we take on the Anthem hack and another less-publicized case when Anthem placed millions more medical records at risk...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance giant Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach exposing the personal information of up to 80 million Americans — and it could have been even worse for consumers. The hackers didn't take sensitive medical information on patients or their credit card data, according to the company, even though it was stored alongside Social...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Insurance has launched an investigation into a data breach affecting about 80 million customers, former customers and employees of health insurer Anthem in California and other states, Bay City News reports (Bay City News, 2/5). Anthem Blue Cross, the insurer's California branch, and other affiliated health plans...
News Release
2/5/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers’ information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights called on Cal INDEX, the health information database created by Anthem and Blue Shield of California, to allow consumers to opt-in rather than force them to opt-out. “...
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
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...