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News Release
2/19/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog; or Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas LLC
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to consumer complaints and a class action lawsuit on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients in California, Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to suspend a program that would have barred patients from purchasing certain specialty medications at local pharmacies.  Under the program, patients would have been required to obtain...
Video
1/23/2013
By Michael Finney, KGO ABC-TV SAN FRANCISCO, CA SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Anthem Blue Cross has informed some of its members that their medications will now only be available by mail order, and that has some in the HIV/AIDS community really upset. Many health insurance companies give discounts to members who get their medication through the mail....
News Release
1/14/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
San Diego, CA -- In a move that threatens the health and privacy of patients, Blue Cross of California has illegally targeted HIV/AIDS patients, and other seriously ill consumers, with a new program that will bar them from local pharmacies, according to a new statewide class action lawsuit.   Visit Consumer Watchdog's case page to read...
News Release
4/4/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The rate increases are the second or third for most...
News Release
2/29/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, yet still plans to raise rates up to 14.8% for 320,000 California patients on March 1st. Repeated rate hikes in the face of massive company surpluses at the same time that inflation slows show the need for a ballot initiative to prevent...
Blog Post
12/13/2011
By Judy Dugan
When I first noticed the ad below while hunting for cookie recipes, I was surprised to see a health insurance company buying a full page in the first pages of a cooking magazine. But reading it was another surprise. The headline touts "Free Annual Checkups," and the text of the Anthem Blue Cross ad takes credit for this brand-new...
Video
11/17/2011
Consumer Watchdog attorney Jerry Flanagan discusses why they have announced a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross, which is accused of charging policy holders new fees half way through their annual contract.
Video
11/17/2011
Consumer Watchdog attorney Laura Antonini discusses why they have announced a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross, which is accused of charging policy holders new fees half way through their annual contract.
Legal Update
10/31/2011
Jerry Flanagan
This week more than 100,000 California Blue Cross consumers will receive notice of their right to change coverage under a settlement in the Feller v. Blue Cross class action lawsuit. Under the settlement, class members may (1) either change plans without medical underwriting to any one of the listed plans, or (2) remain in their current policy...
News Release
7/20/2011
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
In a letter this week, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown to replace Schwarzenegger-era regulators at the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) after DMHC officials misrepresented the details of an autism settlement with Blue Shield at a legislative hearing last week, and then signed a similar settlement with Blue Cross. Ten of eleven...