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News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross, one of the state's largest health insurers, has agreed to a class-action lawsuit settlement that requires it to refund $8.3 million to roughly 50,000 policyholders, and refrain from making mid-year changes to consumers' annual deductibles, co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs. The settlement resolves two lawsuits...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross of California will refund $8.3 million to 50,000 Californians because of mid-year changes it made to individual customers' annual policies in 2011, according to a class-action lawsuit settlement announced Tuesday.     Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy group, said the giant insurer also has agreed...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen the audio segment of this radio broadcast. Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross will refund $8.3 million to California consumers to settle two lawsuits. The lawsuits alleged Anthem illegally raised the co-pays and deductibles of 50,000 individual policyholders when it made changes to their policies in mid-2011. Insurers...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. Anthem Blue Cross has settled a class action lawsuit by agreeing to forgo mid-year changes to the deductible and out-of-pocket limits on its members' annual plans. The company, California's second-largest health insurer, also agreed to refund $8.3 million to tens of...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross agreed to end midyear policy changes that raise costs for consumers and to reimburse nearly $8.3 million to about 50,000 customers in California as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit announced Tuesday. The settlement resolves two lawsuits filed by policyholders in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2011 alleging...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When you sign up for an insurance policy, you’re given a price for that plan for the year. So when California consumers discovered changes to their Anthem Blue Cross policies in the middle of the year that came with extra out-of-pocket costs, two policyholders filed a class-action lawsuit against the insurance provider in 2011. Anthem Blue...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (KRON) — Anthem Blue Cross will pay more than $8 million to California consumers. It stems back to a lawsuit, challenging mid-year changes that the insurance company made to individual plans in 2011. The lawsuit claimed Anthem illegally increased “annual deductibles” and other out-of-pocket costs. Consumers...
Video
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Anthem Blue Cross will refund $8.3 million to approximately 50,000 subscribers and stop making mid-year changes to annual deductibles, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket costs as part of a class action settlement announced Tuesday. Two lawsuits filed in 2011 by Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP and...
News Release
10/15/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price spikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. California Department of Insurance...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Dive Brief: Until now, Cigna has had a policy stating that patients buying HIV drugs must use its mail-order pharmacy program in order to obtain the drugs. Consumer Watchdog sued Cigna on behalf of a man who lives in Fort Lauderdale, FLA. The suit, which was filed in Florida federal court, alleges discrimination and violation of the Affordable...