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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...
Legal Update
8/27/2011
Jerry Flanagan
Good news for Blue Cross consumers. Yesterday morning I drove up to Ventura to attend the final approval hearing in Consumer Watchdog's class action lawsuit against Blue Cross for illegally closing insurance policies and using big rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage -- known as the "death...
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...