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10/22/2013
Anthem Blue Cross customers are getting letters that state that because of the requirements of Obamacare the company can no longer continue their current Anthem policy. Consumer Watchdog says it's the health insurers' fault, not the law's.
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...
News Release
7/24/2013
CONTACT Mark Reback
Washington DC -- Health insurance giant WellPoint today announced a 24% profit increase in the 2nd quarter of 2013, as compared to last year, and the company's stock hit an all-time high of $90 per share on Wednesday. WellPoint reported it earned $800.1 million, or $2.64 per share, in the three months that ended June 30th, which is up about 24...
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...
News Release
6/11/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan (Consumer Watchdog) or Edith Kallas (Whatley Kallas LLP)
Santa Monica, CA. -- In a potentially devastating move for the health and privacy of HIV/AIDS patients, United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, is illegally forcing its sickest and most vulnerable members to abandon their local pharmacies in favor of United’s own in-house mail-order service, according to a new statewide...
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...
Legal Update
3/25/2013
By Pam Pressley
Our Legal Team had a busy week last week, with two big auto insurance rate victories and significant steps forward in our legal cases against insurance company abuses.  Here are some highlights of our accomplishments just this past week: 1) Slashed Farmers' requested auto rate increase in half from 6.9% to 3.5%   2) Lowered So...