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News Story
1/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
BUSINESS BRIEFINGS - HEALTHCARE: An HIV patient in San Diego sued Anthem Blue Cross in state court, accusing California's largest for-profit insurer of violating the law by requiring certain policyholders to buy specialty drugs from a mail-order pharmacy. The plaintiff, who withheld his name because of his medical condition, filed suit in San...
News Story
1/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurer's requirement that some customers get their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy has caught the eye of the California attorney general's office. Anthem Blue Cross may be breaking California law by requiring some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy, according to...
Courtroom Case
1/2/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
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 by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.  The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross’s mandatory mail order...
News Story
11/28/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
California's largest for-profit health insurer proposes an average rate hike of 18%, but some Anthem customers may see increase of as much as 25% in February.   California's largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Dogged by criticism, WellPoint CEO Angela Braly abruptly resigns, and the health insurance giant that runs Anthem Blue Cross in California names an interim CEO. Bowing to intense investor pressure, the chairwoman and chief executive of health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. abruptly resigned and the company named an interim CEO. The nation's...
News Story
8/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaints about WellPoint chief Angela Braly have intensified since last month's disappointing earnings news. The health insurer says recent deals Braly orchestrated put it on track for growth. Investors in health insurance giant WellPoint Inc., which runs Anthem Blue Cross in California, are pressing for a change in top management as...
News Release
4/4/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The rate increases are the second or third for most...
News Story
3/31/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
More than a million California small-business owners and individual policyholders face a wave of health insurance premium increases in the coming months that range from single digits to as high as 20 percent. Starting Sunday, about 101,000 Anthem Blue Cross small-group customers will see their premiums go up an average of 13.8 percent but as...
News Story
3/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
The state's largest for-profit health insurer will raise rates 8.2% on average, down from its earlier request of 10.4%, in response to pressure from state officials. Anthem Blue Cross agreed to trim its rate increases for nearly 600,000 customers in California in response to pressure from state officials, but many families still could see...
News Story
3/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Prepared To Do Battle Against Premium Regulation California's provider and payer communities lined up this week against a proposed ballot measure for the November election that would provide the California Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health insurance premiums. The California Medical Association, California Hospital...