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News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
  Photo: Jo Kwon A pickup truck packed with poop has been hand-delivered to Blue Shield in El Segundo. The delivery was from a group that supports Proposition 45. If passed, the state insurance commissioner would have to approve insurance rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog’s Cody Rosenfield was deep in the dung and volunteered to shovel...
News Story
10/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Editorial: Prop. 45: Health Insurance. Allows state’s insurance commissioner to reject health insurance price changes. Requires insurance commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and...
News Story
10/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill (SB 964) to increase oversight of insurers' provider networks, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 10/2). Background More than 170 complaints have been filed against Anthem Blue Cross over the insurer's narrow provider networks, while 130 complaints have...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurers offering plans through Covered California likely will continue to have narrow physician networks during the state health insurance exchange's second open enrollment period, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times. Background More than 170 complaints have been filed against Anthem Blue Cross over the insurer's...
Video
9/26/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important...
Video
9/26/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important...
Video
9/26/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important...
News Story
9/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
This week, Consumer Watchdog filed two lawsuits alleging that Cigna and Blue Shield of California misled consumers who enrolled in their health plans about the size their provider networks, Kaiser Health News' "Capsules" reports (Appleby, "Capsules," Kaiser Health News, 9/25). Previous Lawsuit Against Anthem The new...
News Story
9/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The pushback against narrow networks that's sweeping the nation continues in the form of legal action as a consumer group filed lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California on Thursday. In two separate lawsuits, Consumer Watchdog alleged that Cigna and Blue Shield of California misled consumers with a "bait and switch" scheme...
News Release
9/25/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about...