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3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Veteran political cartoonist Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has the solution.... Sometime you gotta laugh when things are bad. But then again, it's also good to take a giant corporation to court. Just like Consumer Watchdog did today with Blue Cross, over all those arms and legs consumers are losing to hang onto increasingly...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer group filed a lawsuit Monday against Anthem Blue Cross, accusing the insurer of raising rates to force members into policies with higher deductibles and lower benefits. Consumer Watchdog accuses Anthem of violating state law by failing to offer policyholders comparable coverage and minimize rate hikes after the company directs...
News Story
3/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WellPoint Inc. Chief Executive Angela Braly is facing her biggest test yet as the nation's largest health insurer comes under fire for its plans to raise rates as much as 39% in California. So far, Ms. Braly has chosen to fight back. Instead of issuing a Toyota-style apology, she is turning her critics' argument around, citing rising health-care...
News Story
3/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthem Blue Cross accused of illegal premium hikes - Customers say they are forced into inferior plans LOS ANGELES, March 1 (Reuters) - Consumer advocates filed a class-action suit against Anthem Blue Cross on Monday, accusing California's largest for-profit health insurer of illegally using drastic rate hikes to force customers into inferior...
News Story
3/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES — Mary Feller's family of three spends nearly $25,000 a year on health insurance premiums, which is more than they pay on their home's mortgage in California's Marin County. "I think for the first time we're really scared that we're going to be without health insurance," she said. Feller's especially worried for her 26-...
News Story
3/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog says Anthem violated the state's health and safety code when it closed policies to newcomers and offered remaining customers alternative plans with fewer benefits at higher rates.      A consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross on Monday, accusing California's largest for-profit health insurer of violating state law...
News Story
3/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurer accused of manipulating policies, blocking access to care A Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy organization filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of enrollees of Anthem Blue Cross of California in Ventura County Superior Court, accusing the insurer of violating state law. Consumer Watchdog accuses Anthem, a subsidiary of WellPoint, of...
News Story
2/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Those 500-or-so-word ballot measure arguments and rebuttals published this week in the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Guide have already sparked at least one legal fight. The argument is over the arguments submitted against Proposition 17, the Mercury Insurance-backed measure that supporters say would allow auto insurers to extend...
News Story
2/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Backers of a ballot measure to change California’s auto-insurance rules filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing that their opponents lied in their ballot-pamphlet arguments. Proposition 17’s supporters contend that the measure would simply make “continuous coverage discounts” portable so motorists can change insurers without...
News Story
2/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurer was trying to save money when it refused an out-of-state transplant, jurors told. Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross refused to pay for a California produce merchant to get a liver transplant in Indiana because the company wanted to save money, a lawyer for the patient told jurors Monday. But a lawyer for the state's largest for-profit...