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5/28/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog is claiming victory in settlement with Blue Cross regarding delivery of medication for HIV/AIDS patients.
News Release
5/23/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.   The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...
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5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
HIV/AIDS patients covered by Anthem Blue Cross insurance won a legal settlement today allowing them to get their medicines at a pharmacy rather than by mail. Attorney Harvey Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog said HIV /AIDS patients often need to consult with their pharmacists about their drug regimen. In addition, he said, receiving drugs through...
News Release
4/4/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...
News Release
4/2/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –Anthem Blue Cross is again imposing an unreasonable rate increase on its small business customers, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company will not budge on this excessive rate hike. Working with an independent actuary, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog analyzed the data...
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4/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross sued for requiring HIV clients to order meds through the mail. A class action lawsuit in San Diego maintains that it’s illegal for Anthem Blue Cross to force people to buy medications through the mail instead of at a pharmacy. Days before the mandatory mail policy was slated to kick in March 1, Anthem announced that due...
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3/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Los Angeles -- A California judge on Wednesday tentatively trimmed two putative class actions accusing Blue Cross of California of using “bait and switch” strategies to unilaterally increase annual deductibles and premiums midyear, ruling in part that the Consumer Legal Remedies Act doesn't apply to buying health insurance...
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3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Some Anthem Blue Cross policyholders are pressing a court fight over the company's midyear changes in annual deductibles and other limits on out-of-pocket medical costs. Dave Jacobson, a film production supervisor in Santa Monica, is one of the plaintiffs who filed suit against Anthem over the changes in 2011. Jacobson, who bought his Anthem...
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3/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it will require health insurance companies to report all price increases, no matter how small, to the federal government so officials can monitor the impact of the new health care law and insurers’ compliance with it. Under current rules, the federal government requires insurers to report...
News Story
3/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A class action lawsuit that was filed last month against Anthem Blue Cross in California could greatly impact HIV/AIDS patients across the country, including thousands who live in the metro New York area. In response to the complaints and a plethora of negative publicity, the insurance company temporarily suspended the specialty drug mail-order...