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Major Health Insurers Opt Out of California Exchange

Some health insurance giants have decided not to play in the California insurance exchange sandbox:

Some prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California’s new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the number of choices for millions of consumers.

UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest private insurer, Aetna Inc. and Cigna . . . → Read More: Major Health Insurers Opt Out of California Exchange

Doctor Gets $3.8 Million Judgment Against Anthem Blue Cross

Interesting case out of California. A Los Angeles jury ruled that Anthem Blue Cross illegally barred Dr. Jeffrey Nordella from its provider network, slapping the health insurance giant with a $3.8 million judgement:

The jury ruled late Monday in favor of Jeffrey Nordella, 58, an urgent-care and family-practice doctor who alleged that Anthem barred him . . . → Read More: Doctor Gets $3.8 Million Judgment Against Anthem Blue Cross

Anthem Blue Cross Backs Off of Health Insurance Hikes. A Little.

If you’re a Californian to buys their own health insurance, there’s a little bit of good news. Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to a small reduction in the health insurance increase it had asked for for an estimated 630,000 individual health insurance policyholders. The smaller health insurance hike is estimated to save Californians an estimated . . . → Read More: Anthem Blue Cross Backs Off of Health Insurance Hikes. A Little.

California Health Insurance Premiums To Rise 20% and More

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. . . → Read More: California Health Insurance Premiums To Rise 20% and More

California Tells Anthem Blue Cross that Health Insurance Are “Unreasonable”

If you’re a California small business, hold onto your hat! Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross is moving to make another substantial health insurance hike on California small businesses this year, and there is very little that the State of California can do about it. About 3 million Californians get their health insurance through employers . . . → Read More: California Tells Anthem Blue Cross that Health Insurance Are “Unreasonable”

Anthem President Pam Kehaly: “We Are Not Angels…”

We know plenty of you have been hit by health insurance rate hikes from our friends at Anthem Blue Cross so we thought that you all might find this part of an The Los Angeles Times puff piece on its president, Pam Kehaly, mighty interesting:

Customer service: Much of the unhappiness she deals with now . . . → Read More: Anthem President Pam Kehaly: “We Are Not Angels…”

Health Insurers Plan to Raise Rates On California Small Businesses

If you’re a California small business, hold onto your hat! Health insurance giants Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California are all moving to make substantial health insurance hikes on California small businesses this year, and there is very little that the State of California can do about it. About 3 million Californians . . . → Read More: Health Insurers Plan to Raise Rates On California Small Businesses

Are the Health Insurers Telling Us All to “Let ‘Em Eat Cake!”

We get as frustrated with health insurers as anybody, but today Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog drew an interesting comparison between Angela Braly of Wellpoint and Marie Antoinette of all people:

Two years ago, as federal health reform lay on death’s door, CEO Angela Braly, head of Blue Cross’ parent company Wellpoint, spit on beleaguered . . . → Read More: Are the Health Insurers Telling Us All to “Let ‘Em Eat Cake!”

Anthem Blue Cross Agrees to Lower Health Insurance Hikes for 600,000 Californians

Another year, another health insurance hike.  It’s becoming an annual rite of passage.  And like last year, under pressure from consumer advocates and the California Insurance Commission, Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to reduce its latest proposed health insurance hikes, a move which will save the 600,000 health insurance policyholders affected an estimated $41.4 million. . . . → Read More: Anthem Blue Cross Agrees to Lower Health Insurance Hikes for 600,000 Californians

Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%

Yes, California health insurers are at it again. The costs of medical care may have only gone up 3.6% last year, but California’s largest health insurers are planning on raising average health insurance rates from 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of members with individual health insurance policies. Health insurance premiums have already been . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%