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News Release
4/22/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject, said Consumer Watchdog today. Anthem has imposed an average 8.7 percent premium increase on consumers with individual...
News Release
2/5/2015
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. “...
News Release
12/16/2014
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...
News Release
10/22/2014
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...
Video
8/4/2014
CARLSBAD, Calif. - A woman called Team 10 after fighting for months to get repaid thousands of dollars by her insurance company.  Laura Schove of Carlsbad said she paid out-of-pocket for a procedure to help her continue to walk and function because she was never given an insurance card. var p = new anv_pl_def(); p.config = {}; p.config....
News Release
8/4/2014
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...
News Release
7/9/2014
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...
Video
7/9/2014
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.
News Release
4/23/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA –Health insurance giants Kaiser, Blue Shield, Wellpoint/Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, United Health and the California Association of Health Plans have now given over $25 million of policyholder money, including nearly $12 million this month, to the campaign against a November 2014 ballot measure that will prevent...
News Release
1/31/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes for over 306,000 Californians on April 1. If approved on this November’s...