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News Release
3/7/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield of California will impose an unreasonable rate hike as high as 19.9% on 268,000 Californians because the state’s insurance commissioner does not have the power to reject unjustified health insurance premiums. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced...
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...
News Release
2/14/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Insurance announced today that a 17.9% average health insurance rate increase paid by 630,000 Anthem Blue Cross customers on February 1st has been reduced to 13.9%. Anthem should never have charged its customers the double-digit increase, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, but regulators in...
News Release
1/31/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Another double-digit rate hike takes effect tomorrow for 730,000 Californians with Anthem Blue Cross health insurance. The increase of up to 26 percent is the third or fourth rate hike in just two years for many Anthem customers, who have seen prices explode and benefits shrink in the last few years, said Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
1/25/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Washington DC -- Health insurance giant Wellpoint today announced a 38% profit increase in the 4th quarter of 2012, as compared to last year, for a total $2.7 billion in net profits for 2012. The insurance company continues to pad its profits even as the growth of health care costs remains at record-low levels and the company is forcing double-...
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
1/8/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross plans to go ahead with a 10.6% average annual health insurance rate hike on small business owners, despite the fact that an examination by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones found the rate increase to be unreasonable and unsupportable, the Insurance Commissioner announced today. An initiative...
Blog Post
12/12/2012
By John M. Simpson
In its quest for more profits, Anthem Blue Cross has begun telling patients who have very serious diseases and need so-called "specialty drugs" that they cannot use their local pharmacy where many have long term relationships, but must instead order their life-saving medications from a mail-order pharmacy. As Los Angeles Times Consumer...
Blog Post
12/5/2012
Jamie Court
Health insurance companies are raising rates by double digits AGAIN. The difference this time is that we can make them pay us back with a refund! Please watch this one minute video and join us in getting a refund of our excessive premium dollars. Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates by up to 25%. Aetna, Kaiser, Health Net, and United HealthCare...