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News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of insurers, doctors and hospitals opposes a proposed initiative. California's doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have launched a united campaign against a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, and proponents returned fire. The proposed ballot initiative seeks to give the...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Story
3/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
If my family's small local business was a health insurance company, we could double prices during a deep recession while amassing a fortune in invested savings. Woohoo! As the customer base fell, we'd just jack up prices again. It's a laughably impossible model for almost any business. But not for Blue Cross, Blue Shield and their...
Courtroom Case
3/1/2012
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
The California Superior Court approved a settlement in Consumer Watchdog's class action lawsuit against Blue Cross for illegally closing insurance policies and using big rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage -- known as the "death spiral." Under California law, health insurers that...
News Release
2/29/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, yet still plans to raise rates up to 14.8% for 320,000 California patients on March 1st. Repeated rate hikes in the face of massive company surpluses at the same time that inflation slows show the need for a ballot initiative to prevent...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The proposed premium hikes for hundreds of thousands of California consumers with individual coverage would outpace the cost of overall medical care, which has risen just 3.6% in the last year. California's largest health insurers are raising average rates by about 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of consumers with individual coverage,...
Blog Post
12/13/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
When I first noticed the ad below while hunting for cookie recipes, I was surprised to see a health insurance company buying a full page in the first pages of a cooking magazine. But reading it was another surprise. The headline touts "Free Annual Checkups," and the text of the Anthem Blue Cross ad takes credit for this brand-new...
Video
11/17/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog attorney Jerry Flanagan discusses why they have announced a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross, which is accused of charging policy holders new fees half way through their annual contract.
Video
11/17/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog attorney Laura Antonini discusses why they have announced a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross, which is accused of charging policy holders new fees half way through their annual contract.
News Story
11/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross used "bait and switch" tactics to raise deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for some customers in the middle of their contract period. Click here to listen to audio of broadcast. Anthem Blue Cross Sued Over Higher Medical Insurance Deductibles For the second time this year California health insurer Anthem...