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11/1/2016
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.
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8/4/2016
View on YouTube On NPR, Consumer Watchdog's Executive Director Carmen Balber discusses the risks of patient information being exploited by tech firms.
News Release
7/19/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the 13.2% rise in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California is the result of the state’s failure to enact health insurance rate regulation like nearly 40 other states. “These outrageous premium hikes are the consequence of California’s failure to adopt health...
News Release
6/23/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...
News Release
6/22/2016
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Santa Monica, CA -- Anthem, Inc.’s, affiliated health plans are expanding the ways in which their members can receive HIV/AIDS specialty medications and will no longer have a requirement that members obtain HIV/AIDS medications only by mail. Specifically, Anthem’s affiliated health plan members receiving HIV/AIDS specialty medications...
News Release
6/20/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) approved the merger of Aetna and Humana today, sanctioning unjustified rate increases and without requiring the insurer pass on any projected savings to consumers. Consumer Watchdog urged the U.S. Department of Justice, which has final merger approval authority, to...
News Release
6/16/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should adopt today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $50 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog urged Commissioner Jones to reject the merger in testimony at a March...
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3/29/2016
Consumer advocates warn regulators to oppose the proposed Anthem-Cigna health insurance mega-merger to protect consumers.
News Release
3/29/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
San Francisco, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to reject a proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna that will severely restrict competition in California and is expected to cause health insurance price increases and benefit reductions for 16.8 to 33.3 million Californians. Read Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
3/4/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to require Anthem and Cigna to commit to a series of consumer protections over prices and benefits to address the companies’ past harmful practices, or reject the merger plan if the companies refuse. Read Consumer Watchdog’s letter to...