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Blog Post
7/19/2012
By Daniel Palay
Consumer Watchdog is investigating Blue Shield’s outrageous practice of forcing consumers to pay 100% of the charge for tests, treatments, and services that should have been be covered. In most health insurance policies, once a patient meets the annual deductible, he or she only pays a small share of the cost of care in the form of...
News Release
7/3/2012
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Commissioner Dave Jones Sides With Consumers, Echoes Concerns Raised by Consumer Watchdog in Lawsuit Over the So-Called “Death Spiral”   Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' announcement today opposing Blue Shield's plan to close 23 health insurance policies, and echoing...
Video
7/1/2012
As Consumer Watchdog brings suit against Blue Shield for reviving their "Death Spiral" scheme, Jamie Court stops by the KTTV news room to explain how the Death Spiral works, and why that practice was outlawed in the 90's.
News Release
6/13/2012
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has used enormous rate hikes, and the threat of rate increases, 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 Shield policyholders and consumer advocates.   The lawsuit alleges that Blue Shield...
News Release
6/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be justified. A pending ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to...
News Release
6/11/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...
Blog Post
5/23/2012
By Judy Dugan
Wow. People really don't like insurance companies or their overpaid CEOs. Our news release Wednesday, and a similar message to our mailing list, cheered the pending departure of Blue Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken. We included a rundown of how he treated his customers in the last few years: A rate increase proposal of up to 86% in a year. A...
Blog Post
5/23/2012
Jamie Court
The long time CEO of Blue Shield Bruce Bodaken resigned today after a multi-year battle with us over disclosure of his $4.6 million annual salary and unreasonable premium hikes. During his tenure, Bodaken oversaw a health insurance company that has raised rates by tens of millions of dollars while stockpiling $3.2 billion more in “...
News Release
5/23/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The announcement that Blue Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken will retire at the end of this year comes as insurance companies face the prospect of new rules to curb health insurance company excesses, said Consumer Watchdog. The group has sharply criticized Bodaken for keeping his CEO pay -- which reached $4.6 million in 2010 -- secret...
Blog Post
5/3/2012
By Judy Dugan
This year's report from the Commonwealth Fund on the cost of U.S. health care compared to the rest of the developed world whould be a shock if we hadn't seen it over and over. We pay far more, and aren't healthier overall because of it. The report issued this week finds that the U.S. manages to spend $8,000 a year per person on...