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News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen the audio segment of this radio broadcast. Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross will refund $8.3 million to California consumers to settle two lawsuits. The lawsuits alleged Anthem illegally raised the co-pays and deductibles of 50,000 individual policyholders when it made changes to their policies in mid-2011. Insurers...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. Anthem Blue Cross has settled a class action lawsuit by agreeing to forgo mid-year changes to the deductible and out-of-pocket limits on its members' annual plans. The company, California's second-largest health insurer, also agreed to refund $8.3 million to tens of...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross agreed to end midyear policy changes that raise costs for consumers and to reimburse nearly $8.3 million to about 50,000 customers in California as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit announced Tuesday. The settlement resolves two lawsuits filed by policyholders in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2011 alleging...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When you sign up for an insurance policy, you’re given a price for that plan for the year. So when California consumers discovered changes to their Anthem Blue Cross policies in the middle of the year that came with extra out-of-pocket costs, two policyholders filed a class-action lawsuit against the insurance provider in 2011. Anthem Blue...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (KRON) — Anthem Blue Cross will pay more than $8 million to California consumers. It stems back to a lawsuit, challenging mid-year changes that the insurance company made to individual plans in 2011. The lawsuit claimed Anthem illegally increased “annual deductibles” and other out-of-pocket costs. Consumers...
Video
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Anthem Blue Cross will refund $8.3 million to approximately 50,000 subscribers and stop making mid-year changes to annual deductibles, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket costs as part of a class action settlement announced Tuesday. Two lawsuits filed in 2011 by Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP and...
Video
9/24/2015
Posted by Eddie B
The CEOs of Aetna and Anthem did the health insurance consolidation dance at a U.S. Senate hearing on Sept. 22. Aetna has plans to acquire Humana, and Anthem wants to buy Cigna. Both claim the mergers will improve care and cut costs for consumers. But never in the history of health insurance mergers have prices gone down for consumers when there...
News Story
7/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In a mega-deal that alarms some health policy experts and consumer advocates worried about increasing industry consolidation and the prospect of higher premiums, health insurance giant Anthem has agreed to acquire rival Cigna for $54 billion.     The agreement announced Friday would create the health insurance industry's biggest...
News Story
6/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A searing review of Medi-Cal managed care provider directories released Tuesday by the California State Auditor found numerous inaccuracies ranging from incorrect phone numbers of doctors to listings of providers who no longer were participating in the health plans. Telephone calls from thousands of frustrated consumers also have gone unanswered...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s good to be king. As long as shareholders are happy, ratepayers continue to scramble to keep their health insurance. What’s to stop insurers? Nothing in California, that’s for sure. Anthem announced today that its first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent. It earned $865.2 million in the quarter, more than $160 million than it...