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News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog claims insurance company charges more for inferior coverage SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health insurance company Anthem Blue Cross is misleading several hundred thousand customers about changes in their policies that will leave them paying more for inferior coverage, a consumer advocacy group said in a lawsuit...
News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based consumer-advocacy group sued Anthem Blue Cross Tuesday, accusing the insurer of misleading customers by sending them policy renewal notices without adequately warning them the plans no longer provide coverage for out-of-network physicians. “Anthem is breaking the law and its promises to consumers by attempting to...
News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians. A lawyer for Consumer Watchdog said Tuesday that Anthem was “railroading existing members into bare-bones plans”...
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11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians.
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11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based consumer-advocacy group sued Anthem Blue Cross Tuesday, accusing the insurer of misleading customers by sending them policy renewal notices without adequately warning them the plans no longer provide coverage for out-of-network physicians.
News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Urging people to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said last week that while premiums might be rising, most consumers need not worry. "Premiums going up," he said, "don't necessarily translate into higher premiums for people who are getting tax credits." Federal...
News Story
11/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The latest turmoil in health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act has emboldened advocates on both sides of the political spectrum, providing ammunition to conservatives who want to shrink the federal role and liberals who want to expand it. UnitedHealth Group rattled federal officials when it announced last...
News Release
11/9/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Sacramento, CA -- New regulations proposed by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) will help address dramatic shortfalls in the availability of doctors and hospitals under Obamacare health plans, Consumer Watchdog will testify in Sacramento today. Yet changes to the regulations are necessary to provide public disclosure and...
News Story
11/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance consumers worry about skinny networks of doctors, money they may need to pull out of their pockets, and rising tax penalties faced by the uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said they should focus more on a patient from the Pomona area. He underwent emergency heart surgery and then obtained coverage...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
MENLO PARK -- Nearly 70 percent of California's previously uninsured adults have gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- and most of them say their health care needs are being met, according to the latest survey of the Kaiser Family Foundation.     But the survey released Thursday by the Menlo Park-based...