CONTACT Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned consumers shopping for health plans or thinking about switching plans of five significant challenges to quality care. Consumers are currently in the process of enrolling in new health coverage or switching plans for 2016. Consumer Watchdog offered tips to help avoid these consumer pitfalls...
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog; and Deborah C. Peel, MD, Patient Privacy Rights
Santa Monica, CA – The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers’ information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights called on Cal INDEX, the health information database created by Anthem and Blue Shield of California, to allow consumers to opt-in rather than force them to opt-out. “...
Privacy Alert: Consumer Watchdog Urges Public to 'Opt Out' of Cal INDEX Electronic Health Information Exchange
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
UPDATE: Here's where to opt out: http://optout.calindex.org/OptOut/optout.html SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan...
By Carmen Balber
$312,000 a day or $114 million this year. That's how much Consumer Watchdog challenges to excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates saved California families in 2014. Since 2003, our legal team's insurance rate challenges have put more than $3 billion in savings back in policyholders' pockets. If you're giving back on this #...
State Audits Confirm Blue Shield and Blue Cross Misled Consumers About Doctors Available Under Obamacare Plans
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA - Two state audits released yesterday confirm a central allegation of twin class action lawsuits brought by Consumer Watchdog against Blue Shield and Blue Cross for dramatically misrepresenting the number of doctors available to consumers under new Obamacare health plans. "Hundreds of thousands of consumers have been misled...
Yes on 45: Small Businessman Speaks Out About Anthem Blue Cross’ Unreasonable Rate Hike; Only Prop 45 Could Stop Increase
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes. Proposition 45, which gives the elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rates, is being opposed by $55...
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Six health insurance companies financing the No on Proposition 45 committee have donated $37.3 million through June 30, 2014 against the ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates in California, according to campaign finance reports filed recently with the Secretary of State. This is more than three times the $12...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Health Insurance Companies Facing Prop 45’s Protection Against Rate Hikes Temper Premium Hikes For Covered California… What About Next Year?
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign said that the smaller than usual rate hikes announced by Covered California today are good news for consumers and resulted in part from the presence of Proposition 45 on the ballot, which would require health insurance companies to get state approval before raising rates as they must in 35 other...
Blue Cross Sued for ‘Bait & Switch’ Misrepresentations of Doctor and Hospital Networks, and Delaying Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Plans
CONTACT Laura Antonini - Consumer Watchdog & Travis Corby - Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
Santa Monica, CA - Blue Cross vastly misrepresented the size of its physician and hospital networks and other key health plan contract terms in order to increase sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31, according to a new California class action lawsuit filed by Blue Cross customers...
A consumer group said Wednesday it has filed a class action lawsuit that accuses a top California health insurer of fraud and unfair business practices allegedly intended to lure customers into buying its health insurance plans.