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Anthem Blue Cross seeks to raise individual policyholders' rates
L.A. Times ^ | 11/28/12 | Chad Terhune

Posted on 11/28/2012 5:30:38 PM PST by Nachum

California´s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company´s proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide. The increases are among several others proposed by California insurers, including Aetna Inc. and Health Net Inc. California insurance regulators will take the next month to review whether these rate increases are warranted,

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthem; anthembluecross; blue; bluecross; cross; healthinsurance; rates
The first of many
1 posted on 11/28/2012 5:30:47 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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2 posted on 11/28/2012 5:36:32 PM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


3 posted on 11/28/2012 5:37:30 PM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Kaiser raised the company group 15%. It is based on our group ages and usage.


4 posted on 11/28/2012 5:39:35 PM PST by WHATNEXT?
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To: Nachum

My BCBS of KC just went up.


5 posted on 11/28/2012 5:46:27 PM PST by peggybac (Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer)
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HIP 40%


6 posted on 11/28/2012 5:51:42 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Nachum

Anthem raised mine, $78.00 a month.


7 posted on 11/28/2012 5:52:18 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Nachum

did anyone expect differently?


8 posted on 11/28/2012 6:04:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Nachum

Did anyone expect that the cost of medical care for the undocumented “Latinos” would be paid by them .... really?


9 posted on 11/28/2012 6:16:56 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Nachum

Console yourself with the thought that you are providing a public service for some Fluke type person with birth control and abortion products and services. You are doing the right thing and you should be joyous ... really!


10 posted on 11/28/2012 6:20:19 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: peggybac

CareFirst BC/BS of MD just raise their rates for 2013 by 19 percent for healthy young adults in their mid twenties. But forget about Sen Babs Mikulski doing anything about it, as she indicated to me that she wouldn’t the last time they raised their rates and i asked her to look into it. guess what company gave a sizable campaign donation to her last re-election bid?


11 posted on 11/28/2012 6:21:20 PM PST by IWONDR
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To: RetiredTexasVet

We get ____ed by helping Sandra Fluke get ____ed?


12 posted on 11/28/2012 6:24:04 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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13 posted on 11/28/2012 6:41:04 PM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: GOP Golfer

insurance ping


14 posted on 11/28/2012 6:52:18 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Nachum
We just got the letter in the Mail from Blue Cross saying our rates are going up in Feb. Thanks to Obamacare and all of the Idiots that voted for this Communist President!
15 posted on 11/28/2012 7:01:23 PM PST by rightside967
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To: Nachum

But my Democrat friends are defending ObamaCare while complaining their rates are skyrocketing.

BooHoo...


16 posted on 11/28/2012 7:27:47 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Mine went from $20.00per month to $317.00 per month! I have blue shield/blue cross..... This all really sucks!


17 posted on 11/28/2012 7:37:37 PM PST by Die_Hard Conservative Lady (When all the working class leave California what will be left?)
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To: Nachum
Our rates, for me and my husband, went up $50/month. But our deductible went from $750/year to $1,000/year and that's with an 80/20 for in contract services. ‘Free’ medical care, my A**.
18 posted on 11/28/2012 7:43:06 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Nachum

Ha!

The average I hear for folks with long standing company plans is a 28.5% premium increase.

When you add on the reduction in the Flex account from $5,000 to $2,500, the increased cost to me is $2,300/yr.


19 posted on 11/28/2012 7:49:17 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Nachum

Already was notified. I bought a policy from them in 2005. It had a $5,000 deductible because I am healthy and I didn’t want a high monthly payment. It was $150 a month when I started. Last month is was $410. Just received notification that beginning February 1 it will be $510. Still $5,000 deductible. Thank goodness I start a job in January and health care kicks in 90 days later, I figure April 1st.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 8:48:06 PM PST by Hildy (hen the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: rightside967

It is not just Obamacare, as if that wasn’t enough, but a couple of years ago (I believe), the American Psychological Association successfully lobbied to have mental health benefits paid on the same basis as any other medical illness. Bad move on their part and issues like this feed into the increased cost. It is simply not financially feasible to cover everybody for everything.


21 posted on 11/28/2012 9:00:48 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

The cost of mental health outpatient coverage/benefits is really negligible compared to just about anything else. Just office visits basically; related prescriptions, if any, are or aren’t covered according to other provisions of the policy, and many states limit the office visits to 10/year. Compare this to, say, a single kidney stone running $35,000-$50,000 in hospital.


22 posted on 11/28/2012 9:14:52 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Nachum

Hardly the first... ever since Obamacare got on the radar, the busy bee actuaries got with the math and figured out what is most likely to keep them in the black (no derogatory reference intended) over the next several tumultous years.

When you still hear folks that say there would not have been a lick of difference between a Barack and a Mitt future... show them this.


23 posted on 11/28/2012 10:55:41 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Toespi

my supplumental is almost 300 dollars a month..don’t know what it is going to raised to


24 posted on 11/28/2012 11:07:23 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Wait until the Democrats insist that it cover veterinary care for your goats too!


25 posted on 11/28/2012 11:10:57 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I use to have goats 20 years ago and it was cheaper to medicate a flock of goats than take your dog to the vet. You bought medication from a vet catalog and it was cheap...that included sulfa, penicillin, erythomyoson, Pepto bismo (for scours) a gallon cost 3 bucks. My son needed something for an up set stomach I told him where to get the pepto bismo, but if that didn’t work, he’d take him to the vet....he didn’t think it was funny, but I did...They got wormed, deloused and hoofs clipped every 3-4 months


26 posted on 11/28/2012 11:40:47 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Nachum

The 2014 election should be interesting after people get this dose of reality.


27 posted on 11/28/2012 11:47:57 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: steve86

Compared to a kidney stone, the cost of mental health may be negligible in a one-to-one comparison but I deal with mental health plans in at least 20 different states and they all have unlimited visits. It’s all a piece of the puzzle. My Congressman and I continuously argue about a lot of what he calls insignificant amounts and he is one of many in Congress that refuses to look at cutting anything unless it’s millions of dollars or more. Trickles can easily and quickly become roaring rivers.


28 posted on 11/29/2012 5:47:08 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Nachum; katiedidit1; Jim Robinson

0’care in action, he is in the process of gutting the Military’s Tricare.
Just gutting Medicare was not enough. This is all part of a plan to force retired Military onto 0’care.

Link only as it cannot be POSTED, they don’t like truth getting out. But some how it does..thanks JIM for letting us inform people!

http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,252578,00.html


29 posted on 11/29/2012 5:56:01 AM PST by GailA (those who do not keep promises to Military, won't keep them to U)
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To: peggybac

My BCBS of Kansas going up 7.78%, beginning 1-2013.


30 posted on 12/03/2012 11:18:17 PM PST by tdscpa
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To: Vendome

“Democrat friends?”

What are they?


31 posted on 12/03/2012 11:22:32 PM PST by tdscpa
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To: tdscpa

Something you can get stuck with through marriage if you’re not careful.


32 posted on 12/03/2012 11:24:41 PM PST by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: Junior_G
I choose my friends, no democrats among them. I got stuck with democrat in-laws, though. Some things override even politics.
33 posted on 12/03/2012 11:31:39 PM PST by tdscpa
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To: tdscpa

I never knew why Johnson County was part of BCBS of KC and not BCBS of Kansas. Am curious if there would be a significant price difference.


34 posted on 12/04/2012 7:23:41 PM PST by peggybac (Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer)
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To: peggybac
Perhaps the web sites of each disclose their rates? (I don't know, I just pay what they bill.) I am now on medicare and BCBS plan 65. Thanks to all of you that pay medicare tax!

My 2011 health insurance (Single BCBS) was $809/mo. Now, medicare and BCBS plan 65 are $263.57/mo. Scheduled to go up about $20 combined, (7.6%) 1-1-2013. Thanks, payroll taxpayers!

Damn, owe-bama has my vote bought for 2016! (Just in case he does not proclaim himself emperor for life by executive order before then.)

35 posted on 12/08/2012 1:02:03 AM PST by tdscpa
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