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News Release
12/16/2015
CONTACT Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned consumers shopping for health plans or thinking about switching plans of five significant challenges to quality care.  Consumers are currently in the process of enrolling in new health coverage or switching plans for 2016. Consumer Watchdog offered tips to help avoid these consumer pitfalls...
News Release
12/14/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its full authority over the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to enact safeguards to ensure plans are not cancelled, benefits are not reduced and consumers do not bear the cost of the merger. In a letter to DMHC, Consumer Watchdog wrote that...
News Release
11/9/2015
CONTACT Laura Antonini
Sacramento, CA -- New regulations proposed by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) will help address dramatic shortfalls in the availability of doctors and hospitals under Obamacare health plans, Consumer Watchdog will testify in Sacramento today. Yet changes to the regulations are necessary to provide public disclosure and...
News Release
10/28/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem’s announcement of increased third quarter profits is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why consumers need protections against unreasonable and unjustified rate hikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. The advocacy group announced that it has endorsed legislation by Sen....
Video
10/27/2015
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Anthem Blue Cross will refund $8.3 million to approximately 50,000 subscribers and stop making mid-year changes to annual deductibles, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket costs as part of a class action settlement announced Tuesday. Two lawsuits filed in 2011 by Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP and...
News Release
10/27/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Under a class action settlement announced today, Anthem Blue Cross in California will no longer make mid-year changes to individual customers’ annual deductibles, co-pays, or other out-of-pocket costs and will refund $8.3 million to consumers.   The settlement resolves two lawsuits challenging mid-year changes Anthem...
News Release
10/15/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price spikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. California Department of Insurance...
News Release
10/9/2015
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Santa Monica, CA -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will end a requirement that patients across the United States obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order under a settlement announced today.   The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA, was filed by Whatley Kallas, LLP, Consumer Watchdog—a non-profit consumer group...
Video
10/1/2015
Consumer Watchdog’s president addresses challenges for consumers from health care reform.
Video
9/24/2015
The CEOs of Aetna and Anthem did the health insurance consolidation dance at a U.S. Senate hearing on Sept. 22. Aetna has plans to acquire Humana, and Anthem wants to buy Cigna. Both claim the mergers will improve care and cut costs for consumers. But never in the history of health insurance mergers have prices gone down for consumers when there...