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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Story
11/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The latest turmoil in health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act has emboldened advocates on both sides of the political spectrum, providing ammunition to conservatives who want to shrink the federal role and liberals who want to expand it. UnitedHealth Group rattled federal officials when it announced last...
News Story
11/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Nov. 15--Marin health officials say the number of uninsured residents in the county is dwindling as the Affordable Care Act's third open-enrollment season begins this month. But consumer advocates say medical insurance customers face an uphill battle when trying to figure out which plan is the best buy for them. They say insurance costs,...
News Release
11/9/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Sacramento, CA -- New regulations proposed by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) will help address dramatic shortfalls in the availability of doctors and hospitals under Obamacare health plans, Consumer Watchdog will testify in Sacramento today. Yet changes to the regulations are necessary to provide public disclosure and...
News Story
11/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance consumers worry about skinny networks of doctors, money they may need to pull out of their pockets, and rising tax penalties faced by the uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said they should focus more on a patient from the Pomona area. He underwent emergency heart surgery and then obtained coverage...
News Story
10/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle a pair of class action lawsuits challenging mid-year changes it made to customers’ deductibles in 2011, a consumer advocacy group announced Tuesday. The health insurer has also agreed not to make similar changes in the future, unless new laws or regulations specifically...
News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to stop making mid-year changes that raise out-of-pocket costs for individual consumers -- and to refund $8.3 million to people who paid them in 2011. Announced Tuesday, the agreement settles a class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court that alleged breach of contract and unfair business practices that reduced...
News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to refund $8.3 million to tens of thousands of its members in California to settle a class-action lawsuit over mid-year changes to its health plans, the Los Angeles Times reports (Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 10/27). Background In mid-2011, the insurer increased annual deductibles, out-of-pocket limits and...
News Release
10/28/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem’s announcement of increased third quarter profits is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why consumers need protections against unreasonable and unjustified rate hikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. The advocacy group announced that it has endorsed legislation by Sen....
News Release
10/27/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA -- Under a class action settlement announced today, Anthem Blue Cross in California will no longer make mid-year changes to individual customers’ annual deductibles, co-pays, or other out-of-pocket costs and will refund $8.3 million to consumers.   The settlement resolves two lawsuits challenging mid-year changes Anthem...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state judge recommended Monday that one of California's largest utilities pay a nearly $17 million penalty for engaging in improper talks with regulators related to the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant. In a proposed decision, California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling wrote...