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Blog Post
3/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Normal 0 0 1 464 2647 22 5 3250 11.1282 0 0 0 The President called for an up or down vote on health care reform, but I can say from my own experience this week working with Blue Cross patients, who are part of Consumer Watchdog’s lawsuit against the company, that the public has already cast its vote. Go for it, now! At a press conference...
Blog Post
3/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
President Obama's "get it done" speech on health reform Wednesday may have been a day late, but I hope it's not a dollar short, as the old saying goes. At least he has one tremendous ally in his call for action by Congress: Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's largest health insurer. The company's outrageous premium increases, not just in...
News Story
3/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
VENTURA, Calif. -- A consumer group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross of California, alleging the company's strategy in deploying an average 25% rate increase for individual plan customers violates state law. The lawsuit was filed by Consumer Watchdog on behalf of two Anthem policyholders who are covered under a program...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES - Already fighting a high-profile lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and several pending government investigations from Sacramento to Washington, Anthem Blue Cross was hit Monday with a new potential class action on behalf of policyholders who claim the insurer unfairly pushed them into plans with fewer benefits. The company used...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's become an annual ritual for Folsom insurance broker Dina Collins, delivering the news to clients that they will have to dig deeper into their pockets if they want the ease of mind that health insurance brings. This year the news was particularly harsh. "I've been in business for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this. I thought...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A Marin County family that spends more on their health insurance than they do on their home's mortgage is among the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross. Mary and Gordon Feller say that during the past year, Anthem raised their premium by 80 percent and they now pay nearly $1,700 for health insurance each month. "...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
(Click here to watch the news video segment) SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) -- A consumer watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday against California's largest for-profit health insurer on behalf of policyholders, claiming they were pushed to take coverage with fewer benefits and higher deductibles. Randy and Donna Freed pay more than $20,000 a year...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mary Feller's family spends nearly $25,000 a year on health insurance premiums, which is more than they pay for the mortgage on their Santa Venetia home. "I think for the first time we're really scared that we're going to be without health insurance," said Feller, who said she is especially worried for her 26-year-old daughter, diagnosed...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
OAKLAND — A consumer group has sued Anthem Blue Cross for allegedly using its widely publicized rate hikes to attempt to force customers into lower benefit and higher deductible plans, a tactic the group calls a "death spiral." Many of the individual policyholders who recently learned their premiums would jump by as much as 39...
News Release
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA - Anthem Blue Cross, the California subsidiary of the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., has used enormous rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage in violation of state law, according to a class action lawsuit filed today by Blue Cross policyholders and consumer...