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News Release
4/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject, said Consumer Watchdog today. Anthem has imposed an average 8.7 percent premium increase on consumers with individual...
News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Letters to the 78.8 million people affected by a massive health insurance security breach are expected to start hitting the mail next week, an Anthem official said Thursday. Messages are already being sent to millions of members who provided the insurance company with their email addresses. The letters and emails are general alerts explaining the...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance giant Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach exposing the personal information of up to 80 million Americans — and it could have been even worse for consumers. The hackers didn't take sensitive medical information on patients or their credit card data, according to the company, even though it was stored alongside Social...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Insurance has launched an investigation into a data breach affecting about 80 million customers, former customers and employees of health insurer Anthem in California and other states, Bay City News reports (Bay City News, 2/5). Anthem Blue Cross, the insurer's California branch, and other affiliated health plans...
News Release
2/5/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers’ information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights called on Cal INDEX, the health information database created by Anthem and Blue Shield of California, to allow consumers to opt-in rather than force them to opt-out. “...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
It's been a year since many people discovered that the lists of doctors accepting Anthem Blue Cross' and Blue Shield's Covered California plans, both locally and beyond the borders of Humboldt County, were wildly inaccurate. Many of the doctors and specialists that the insurance companies promised policy buyers would accept their new...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A United States consumer group is calling for Californians to boycott a US$80 million computer system underpinned by software supplied by Auckland firm Orion Health. Orion Health announced the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal Index) had gone live on Monday, saying it was a major project for the company that would allow the medical records...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, Consumer Watchdog urged California residents to boycott a new database being created by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California until patient privacy questions are addressed, the Los Angeles Times reports (Terhune, Los Angeles Times, 12/16). Background on Cal INDEX Database In August, Anthem and Blue Shield of California -- two...
News Release
12/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
UPDATE: Here's where to opt  out: http://optout.calindex.org/OptOut/optout.html SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan...
Courtroom Case
11/12/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
Felser, et al. v. Blue Cross of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC550739 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Blue Cross for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s first...