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News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group has accused Blue Cross of California of discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS by changing the protocol they use to obtain their medications. Under the new policy, set to go into effect on March 1, enrollees with HIV/AIDS and numerous other medical conditions must obtain prescriptions through mail-order pharmacies...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the broadcast of this radio news segment. Anthem Blue Cross's new policy requiring HIV/AIDS patients to get their drugs by mail order has prompted a lawsuit charging the move is discriminatory. Jon Jones, which is not his real name, has a PPO plan with Anthem Blue Cross. A few months ago, the insurer informed Jones of...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has filed a statewide class action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross saying the health insurer is discriminating against HIV/AIDS patients. Anthem is changing its pharmacy program and will require anyone using drugs from a list of “specialty” medications to use a mail-order pharmacy, approved...
News Release
1/14/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
San Diego, CA -- In a move that threatens the health and privacy of patients, Blue Cross of California has illegally targeted HIV/AIDS patients, and other seriously ill consumers, with a new program that will bar them from local pharmacies, according to a new statewide class action lawsuit.   Visit Consumer Watchdog's case page to read...
News Story
1/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An HIV-positive man Friday hit California health insurer Anthem Blue Cross with a proposed consumer class action alleging the company’s plan to force patients with certain chronic diseases to obtain medications through a mail-order pharmacy is a discriminatory move that will drive up costs and threaten lives. The complaint from an...
News Story
1/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A class-action lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court alleges Blue Cross of California is illegally targeting HIV/AIDS patients and other seriously ill consumers with a new program that bars them from using local pharmacies to get their medications. Under the new program, HIV/AIDS patients' insurance policies will no longer cover...
News Story
1/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
BUSINESS BRIEFINGS - HEALTHCARE: An HIV patient in San Diego sued Anthem Blue Cross in state court, accusing California's largest for-profit insurer of violating the law by requiring certain policyholders to buy specialty drugs from a mail-order pharmacy. The plaintiff, who withheld his name because of his medical condition, filed suit in San...
News Story
1/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurer's requirement that some customers get their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy has caught the eye of the California attorney general's office. Anthem Blue Cross may be breaking California law by requiring some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy, according to...
Courtroom Case
1/2/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.  The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross’s mandatory mail order...
Blog Post
12/12/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
In its quest for more profits, Anthem Blue Cross has begun telling patients who have very serious diseases and need so-called "specialty drugs" that they cannot use their local pharmacy where many have long term relationships, but must instead order their life-saving medications from a mail-order pharmacy. As Los Angeles Times Consumer...