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Legal Update
6/21/2011
By Jerry Flanagan
Today Consumer Watchdog announced a settlement in our class action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross of California. The settlement provides relief from the "Death Spiral"–the apt industry term for what happens when a health insurer “closes” certain health coverage policies to new customers, and later raises rates to...
News Release
6/21/2011
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- A California Superior Court judge has preliminarily approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit alleging that Anthem Blue Cross, the California subsidiary of the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., used enormous rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage in...
News Release
4/29/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
 Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) declared Anthem Blue Cross’s impending May 1 rate hike “unreasonable” for at least 120,000 Californians, but acknowledged that state law provides the agency no power “but to publicly express our disappointment that Anthem Blue Cross...
News Release
4/27/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Insurance giant Wellpoint, parent company of California's Anthem Blue Cross, announced today that its first quarter profits rose 6% this year to nearly $1 billion for the first three months of 2011. At the same time, consumer advocates are pressing for reforms that would limit health insurance rate increases in the...
Blog Post
4/9/2011
By Jamie Court
This week we launched our campaign in Sacramento for our top priorities: 1) giving you power to stop unwanted collection of your personal information online and 2) an end to excessive health insurance premium hikes. No one at Consumer Watchdog's offices yesterday could doubt the need for better regulation of health insurance premiums....
News Release
4/8/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, in a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, warned that in less than a month more than 150,000 Californians will face a major Anthem Blue Cross rate hike and increased deductibles, despite a flurry of reports last month that there would be a reprieve.  The 150,000 Californians scheduled to receive a May 1...
News Release
3/21/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Executives with Anthem Blue Cross have announced that the 16.4% rate hike previously scheduled to hit 600,000 Californians on June 1, 2011 will be reduced to an average 9.1% rate hike taking effect, instead, on July 1. Last week, Blue Shield of California rescinded a proposed 6.5% rate hike that, in conjunction with...
Legal Update
3/10/2011
By Jerry Flanagan
David Lazarus' column in the Los Angeles Times (see below) reports that on May 1st, Blue Cross will dramatically increase the annual deductibles on individual health insurance policies, increase premiums, and make other changes to benefits like increasing co-pays. If Blue Cross is allowed to get away with making sweeping changes to our...