Anthem Blue Cross
For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been investigating consumer complaints about Covered California insurance policies. The months long investigation uncovered everything from too few doctors to complaints of insurance bait and switch.
State Investigating Covered California Insurers After KPIX 5 Reports On Customers Not Finding Doctors
State regulators are investigating whether two large insurance companies, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, may have broken state laws by misleading customers who signed up for their plans through Covered California.
For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been reporting that many newly-insured consumers on Covered California haven’t been able to find a doctor under their new plans. Now, even insurers are telling some they are out of luck.
Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed.
Twelve health insurance companies have signed contracts to offer coverage through California’s new exchange as part of the federal health care law.
California is getting an early look at how President Barack Obama’s health care reform measure will work. The Golden State was the first in the nation to set up a health insurance exchange.
The state’s largest health insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente, will be among 13 plans competing for policies on California’s new health care exchange.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday that Anthem Blue Cross’ proposed rate hike for some of its small-group members is unreasonable, but the insurer says the increase reflects the rising cost of health care.
More than half a million Californians who are covered by Anthem Blue Cross could see a massive rate hike early next year.
A California legislative committee on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill that would give state officials the power to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, but even some supporters said it will need major changes to survive.