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11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog claims insurance company charges more for inferior coverage SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health insurance company Anthem Blue Cross is misleading several hundred thousand customers about changes in their policies that will leave them paying more for inferior coverage, a consumer advocacy group said in a lawsuit...
News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based consumer-advocacy group sued Anthem Blue Cross Tuesday, accusing the insurer of misleading customers by sending them policy renewal notices without adequately warning them the plans no longer provide coverage for out-of-network physicians. “Anthem is breaking the law and its promises to consumers by attempting to...
News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians. A lawyer for Consumer Watchdog said Tuesday that Anthem was “railroading existing members into bare-bones plans”...
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11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians.
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11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based consumer-advocacy group sued Anthem Blue Cross Tuesday, accusing the insurer of misleading customers by sending them policy renewal notices without adequately warning them the plans no longer provide coverage for out-of-network physicians.
News Story
10/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The story I’m about to tell does not quite match the one two years ago about Stella and Savely Goreshter, the Van Nuys condo dwellers who lived in dread after receiving a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power bill for $51,649.32. But it ain’t bad. Mrs. Velma Matthews, a retired schoolteacher who lives in Northridge with her dog,...
News Story
10/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Meet the new cable company. Same as the old cable company. That was Culver City resident Jack Cohen's feeling the other day when he received his first bill from Spectrum, the newly christened brand from Charter Communications, which has gobbled up Time Warner Cable. He told me he'd been paying Time Warner about $140 a month for TV, phone...
News Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills Thursday aimed at reform for the California Public Utilities Commission and called on the agency to take additional steps to impose changes of its own. “These important reforms cannot wait another year,” Brown said in a statement announcing his support for the package of bills. “To that end, I...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers say they will push for extensive reforms — including a possible amendment to the state Constitution — after efforts to revamp the troubled agency failed in the recently concluded legislative session. Pressure to overhaul the PUC has intensified after several key reforms came up short. The state...
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9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Restoring public trust in the California Public Utilities Commission should have been Michael Picker’s primary mission when he was appointed president by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly two years ago. Instead he appears to have not taken steps to address issues that were the trademark of his predecessor, Michael Peevey. Based on a scathing...