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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...
Blog Post
2/16/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Kevin Sack hits it right on the head in today's New York Times with his story about how Anthem's 39% premium increase in California embodies the need for health care reform, just as my colleague Dugan did last week when she talked about how Anthem had "jumped the shark." Some of my colleagues at Consumer Watchdog spent the weekend...
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...
News Release
2/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Also Warns Against Insurer-favored 'Cost Solution': Selling Policies That Amount To 'A Cardboard Box to Replace Our Apartment' Washington, DC -- Blue Cross has opened an opportunity for lawmakers and regulators with its premium hikes of up to 39% in California, said Consumer Watchdog. In the face of questions from the White...
Blog Post
2/8/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Those of us who have health insurance--or think we have health insurance--can get complacent about whether the nation needs that big, complicated health reform legislation. But just try getting sick. Is your insurance even real? If it is, can you afford it after the latest round of price hikes? Is your deductible so big that paying it will mean...
News Release
2/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber (202) 629-3043
Calls on Sen. Dodd To Re-Affirm Commitment to Independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd to re-affirm his commitment to an independent consumer financial regulator today after the nation’s largest bank announced it would not oppose the...
News Release
2/1/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Also Releases Dozen 'Better Than Nothing' Reforms To Curb Insurance Abuses, Aid States    Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog issued a warning today in a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders against the health reform fallback proposals of some Congressional moderates, including deregulated national...
News Release
1/26/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog urged President Obama to watch Sunday’s Dateline NBC documentary on patients who have insurance but not adequate coverage, then pledge in his State of the Union address tomorrow to deal with the lack of legal accountability for insurers and lack of adequate representation for consumers in the federal...