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News Story
1/16/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross, alleging that the insurer's mail-order pharmacy program discriminates against individuals with HIV/AIDS, KQED's "State of Health" reports. About Anthem's Program Anthem has changed its prescription drug program so that anyone seeking medication...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A nonprofit consumer advocacy group has filed suit against Anthem Blue Cross on behalf of a local HIV patient affected by the insurance company’s decision to require use of mail-order pharmacies for AIDS drugs. Anthem Blue Cross recently notified patients with its commercial insurance that they would need to begin ordering their medications...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Cross of California is being sued over a new program that bars AIDS patients from using local pharmacies to get their medications. The group Consumer Watchdog sued the insurer last week in San Diego on behalf of a patient, claiming the program discriminates against those with HIV. The program, which takes effect in March, requires patients...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
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 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...