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Death Spiral

News Story
11/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group is suing Anthem Blue Cross over a hike in deductibles and other costs affecting more than 100,000 California customers. Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast on KQED in San Francisco, CA.
Legal Update
8/27/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Good news for Blue Cross consumers. Yesterday morning I drove up to Ventura to attend the final approval hearing 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...
News Story
7/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Members claimed that the company tried to send unprofitable business into a "death spiral," leaving them with bare-bones policies -- or no coverage. WellPoint subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company manipulated rates and pressured members to change coverage in a...
Legal Update
6/21/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Today Consumer Watchdog announced a settlement in our class action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross of California. The settlement provides relief from the "Death Spiral"–the apt industry term for what happens when a health insurer “closes” certain health coverage policies to new customers, and later raises rates to...