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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...
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...