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News Release
3/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Mark Reback, 310-392-0522, ext. 326
Santa Monica, CA - Anthem Blue Cross, the California subsidiary of the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., has used enormous rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage in violation of state law, according to a class action lawsuit filed today by Blue Cross policyholders and consumer...
Blog Post
3/2/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Veteran political cartoonist Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has the solution.... Sometime you gotta laugh when things are bad. But then again, it's also good to take a giant corporation to court. Just like Consumer Watchdog did today with Blue Cross, over all those arms and legs consumers are losing to hang onto increasingly...
Blog Post
3/1/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
President Lyndon Johnson faced hard choices in 1964: Preserve Democrats' majority in Congress, perhaps for decades. Or ram through landmark civil rights legislation proposed by the slain John F. Kennedy, plus Medicare health coverage for seniors--and lose the whole bloc of so-called Southern Democrats, Strom Thurmond among them. Substitute Blue...
News Release
2/25/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 319
Los Angeles, CA -- Evidence uncovered this week in the Los Angeles trial of Anthem Blue Cross, subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., which denied a grocer payment for an out-of-state liver transplant, shows the insurance giant will only approve exceptions to its in-state transplant network if patients “push back.”    Consumer...
Blog Post
2/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
When Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly doesn't like a question, she's a regular Houdini of evasion and blame-shifting. Her testimony in front of Congress today managed to turn denial of health care into "efficiency" and put the blame for 39% yearly premium increases onto Blue Cross policyholders who dared to get sick. Braly described the...
News Release
2/24/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912
Group Urges House Subcommittee to Expand Hearings, Investigate Possible Insurer 'Shell Games' in Justifying Massive Premium Increases Washington D.C. -- The House subcommittee grilling Blue Cross chief executive Angela Braly today should expand its financial examination of Blue Cross and its parent, Wellpoint, to include billions of...
News Release
2/23/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912 (cell); or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 x305
Citing Public Mistrust, Group Calls For Release of All Documents Obtained in Commissioner’s Investigation of 39% Premium Increases   Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog today condemned Blue Cross’s transfer of $2.8 billion to its parent company since 2007, including approximately $719.5 million in 2009 alone, as a way of...
News Release
2/22/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- The consumer group that pioneered the most successful insurance premium regulation law in the nation, California's Proposition 103, today said only the extension of such "prior approval" regulation to health insurance can begin to make insurance affordable in the wake of double digit premium increases that have...
News Release
2/22/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
National Health Care Reformers Should Pay Attention to Lawsuit Alleging That Nation's Largest Insurer Denies Liver Transplants Automatically   Los Angeles, CA -- A trial beginning today targeting the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., and its California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, illustrates how difficult, and how...
News Release
2/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
Los Angeles, CA - Anthem Blue Cross's announcement today that it will temporarily suspend a premium increase of up to 39% or more should not deter the California Legislature from taking immediate action to regulate health insurance premium increases, said Consumer Watchdog. Other California health insurers -- including Blue Shield of California...