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Blue Shield of California To Return $50 Million to Health Insurance Customers

Merry Christmas!  Blue Shield of California has announced that it will be returning $50 million to members this year, most of them on their December bills.  For members with individual health insurance policies (i.e. not on employer-based group health insurance plans) that roughly translates into an average of $25 for an individual policyholder and $75 for a . . . → Read More: Blue Shield of California To Return $50 Million to Health Insurance Customers

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

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%

Blue Shield/UCLA Dispute Catches Patients in the Middle

We’ve been following the dispute between Blue Shield and UCLA Health Systems over reimbursements for some time now, so today we thought we would follow up with a story in The Los Angeles Times on how the whole messy affair is affecting the Blue Shield members who are waiting for medical care:

Karen Fairbank has . . . → Read More: Blue Shield/UCLA Dispute Catches Patients in the Middle

Blue Shield of California Settles Rescission Cases For $2 Million

One of the uglier chapters in recent health insurance history is finally wrapping up, and in California part of that wrap-up story has come with Blue Shield of California agreeing to settle over a thousand cases of rescission with the City of Los Angeles for $2 million to be divided between the city attorney’s office . . . → Read More: Blue Shield of California Settles Rescission Cases For $2 Million

Blue Shield Members May Have To Pay More to Go to UCLA Next Year

If Blue Shield of California and the UCLA Health System don’t come to an agreement in their contract dispute soon, a lot of Blue Shield members may soon have to choose between paying more to see their doctors or going to another doctor altogether.

Blue Shield of California and the UCLA Health System are tussling . . . → Read More: Blue Shield Members May Have To Pay More to Go to UCLA Next Year

Blue Shield of California Will Return Another $283 Million To Members

Christmas may be coming a little early for Blue Shield of California members this year.   Four months after Blue Shield of California shocked the industry by returning $167 million to members,  the health insurance giant has announced that it will be returning another $283 million to members in December of this year.  Members with . . . → Read More: Blue Shield of California Will Return Another $283 Million To Members

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Order Regence To Clean Up Its Health Insurance Act

If you’re a Regence health insurance member in Washington State, and you’ve had some problems dealing with your health insurer, you are definitely not alone. Tens of thousands of Regence health insurance members have been banging their heads against the wall in dealing with the company, and the State of Washington is stepping in. Washington . . . → Read More: Washington State Insurance Commissioner Order Regence To Clean Up Its Health Insurance Act

Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield Agree to Pay for Therapy for Autistic Children

California insurance regulators continue to pound away at the state’s health insurers.  In the latest breakthrough, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California have agreed to pay for behavioral therapy for thousands of autistic children in California. It’s a clear setback for the health insurance giants who have been resisting paying for the expensive . . . → Read More: Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield Agree to Pay for Therapy for Autistic Children

Blue Shield of California Will Return $167 Million to Members

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Two weeks after the revelation that Blue Shield of California‘s top executive, Bruce Bodaken, took home $4.6 million last year,  Blue Shield of California has announced that it will be returning $167 million to some of its members this year.  Members with individual health insurance policies (i.e. not on . . . → Read More: Blue Shield of California Will Return $167 Million to Members