Health insurance companies in California spent $13.8 million to defeat a state ballot initiative that would require them to get approval for rate hikes, according to the Consumer Watchdog Campaign.
Driven by escalating healthcare costs, Anthem Blue Cross has proposed rate increases averaging 16 percent for up to 306,000 Californians with individual 'grandfathered' policies.
After canceling individual plans that failed to meet Affordable Care Act requirements, Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente switched hundreds of Californians into compliant plans and withdrew premiums from customers' bank accounts for those plans without members' knowledge, ProPublica reported.
Now that the federal health insurance exchange enrollment process is operating more smoothly, some consumers are finding surprises lurking within plans after they've signed up.
Amid billing and processing problems preventing some consumers from receiving coverage, many insurers are extending payment deadlines for their new members. California's two largest...
To drum up more interest in their health plans, some insurers are partnering with companies that operate health screening kiosks. The deals involve insurers buying consumers' personal information from the companies so they can market directly to those consumers, according to The California Report.
Accountable care organizations operated by Anthem Blue Cross in California already have improved medical treatments for patients in only one year of operation, the insurer said.
Patients guided to hospitals with lower prices for hip and knee replacement procedures prompted other hospitals to lower their prices, according to a new research brief by the Center for Studying Health System Change.
State officials are fighting back against insurers offering health plans with narrow networks, in some cases taking regulatory action as well as introducing legislation and even lawsuits.
A trio of California insurers--Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and Blue Shield--received orders Monday to cease and desist from denying benefit payment for speech and/or occupational therapy services, according to an announcement by the state's Department of Managed Health Care.