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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...
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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...
News Release
10/15/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price spikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. California Department of Insurance...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Dive Brief: Until now, Cigna has had a policy stating that patients buying HIV drugs must use its mail-order pharmacy program in order to obtain the drugs. Consumer Watchdog sued Cigna on behalf of a man who lives in Fort Lauderdale, FLA. The suit, which was filed in Florida federal court, alleges discrimination and violation of the Affordable...
News Story
10/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. on Thursday agreed to remove certain HIV/AIDS medications from a list of drugs that must be obtained through mail order, setting a proposed nationwide class action in Florida that alleged the list was discriminatory. In an agreed-upon motion to end the suit, Cigna said it has addressed the concerns raised by the...
News Release
10/9/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will end a requirement that patients across the United States obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order under a settlement announced today.   The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA, was filed by Whatley Kallas, LLP, Consumer Watchdog—a non-profit consumer group...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurer Cigna Corp on Friday agreed to drop its requirement that patients with HIV/AIDS get some of their medications exclusively through its mail-order pharmacy, settling a consumer lawsuit. California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which announced the settlement on Friday, had sued Cigna in April in Florida federal court on...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
People living with HIV/AIDS and insured through Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will no longer be required to buy their antiretroviral medications by mail order under a legal settlement reached in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale and announced Friday. Cigna agreed to change its policy after a nonprofit patient...
News Story
10/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Beleaguered insurer Blue Shield of California won state approval for its $1.2-billion acquisition of a Medicaid health plan, but the nonprofit company’s deal with regulators drew heavy criticism. The California Department of Managed Health Care said it extracted several key concessions from Blue Shield in an agreement unveiled Thursday....
Video
10/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s president addresses challenges for consumers from health care reform.