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Legal Update
6/16/2014
By Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health,...
News Release
6/16/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA - Responding to mounting patient complaints, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBS”) has announced it will soon end its discriminatory HIV drug-pricing practices and has taken HIV/AIDS drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS...
Video
11/7/2013
Following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered California, which has contracts with the insurers, to support the reprieve for beleaguered policyholders.
News Release
11/5/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica -- In response to the news that Blue Shield is delaying its cancellation of policies for 90 days, following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered...
News Release
8/20/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- A consumer protection lawsuit that would bar Blue Cross from changing “any term or benefit” of consumers’ health plans each month may proceed, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled. Judge Jane Johnson green-lighted two class action lawsuits brought by Consumer Watchdog and Shernoff Bidart Echeverria...
Legal Update
6/20/2013
By Jerry Flanagan
According To Blue Cross, “Any Term or Benefit” of Health Coverage Could Change Each Month A consumer protection lawsuit that would bar Blue Cross from changing “any term or benefit” of consumers’ health plans each month may proceed, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled. Judge Jane Johnson green-lighted two...
Video
5/28/2013
Consumer Watchdog is claiming victory in settlement with Blue Cross regarding delivery of medication for HIV/AIDS patients.
News Release
5/23/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog & Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas, LLC
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.   The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...
News Release
4/4/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...
News Release
4/2/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA –Anthem Blue Cross is again imposing an unreasonable rate increase on its small business customers, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company will not budge on this excessive rate hike. Working with an independent actuary, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog analyzed the data...