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  • Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross....

    05/29/2014 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 5/28/2014 | Andria Borba
    CAMP MEEKER (CBS SF) — A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments. Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker knew the news was bad when an MRI found 20 tumors in his brain. Two days later, a C-T scan at Sutter medical center in Santa Rosa brought another devastating blow, discovering a large tumor in his lungs, and more in his liver and bones. Doctors told Jeffrey he would need to be hospitalized immediately. “My husband was having a lot...
  • Alabama Mom's ObamaCare Horror Story Gives America a Glimpse of Government-Run Healthcare

    01/01/2014 3:59:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 95 replies
    Independant journal Review ^ | 12/31/2013 | Emily Hulsey
    Many of us can identify with the frustrating experience that Karri Kinder, a mother of two from Auburn, Alabama, has had with Obamacare. She penned this open letter to share her story: An Open Letter to the Obama Administration and American Citizens: My family’s journey with securing our new insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started on October 1, 2013. I have decided to write this letter to let the American people know what it has been like for us. We are a family of four, with two little boys’ ages seven years old and three years old. My...
  • Advocacy group behind White House Obamacare event funded by Blue Shield firm set to profit

    12/09/2013 1:32:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Small Business Majority, a pro-Obamacare advocacy group that helped organize a Dec. 3 White House promotional event, is substantially funded by a major health insurance firm that stands to profit from the federal program. Blue Shield of California is one of the three major insurance companies slated to sell its insurance policies through Obamacare's Covered California exchange. Small Business Majority brought nine of its members to the event, which featured 18 individuals standing behind President Obama. A Federal Register notice posted the day before the White House event said insurance companies, including Blue Shield of California, will get tax-funded "offsets"...
  • NC OKs higher rates to keep Blue Cross policies

    11/26/2013 8:10:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/26/13 | Emery p. Dalesio, - AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's largest health insurer will be allowed to raise premiums by between 16 percent and 24 percent on policies that would have been canceled for failing to meet minimum requirements required by the federal overhaul law, the state's insurance commissioner said Tuesday. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said his office approved the rate increases as requested by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The decision means people who had one of the nearly 152,000 cancelled policies could keep them next year at the higher cost. The plans for customers who buy their own policies...
  • Thousands in North Dakota face switch in health care coverages

    11/11/2013 12:01:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WDAY-TV ^ | November 8, 2013 | Patrick Springer
    FARGO – Thousands of customers in North Dakota must switch health coverage because their plans are being discontinued due to new requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The three major health insurers in North Dakota were required to report to state regulators their enrollment figures and cancellations under the health reform act, commonly known as Obamacare. The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, covers about 31,600 members – 17,000 in small groups and 14,600 individuals – whose insurance plans are being discontinued. That combined figure represents 8 percent of the North Dakota Blues’ 400,000 membership...
  • Former Dem Staffer Backs off on Obamacare

    10/31/2013 7:27:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    As a staffer to an Illinois Democrat Congressman who voted for ObamaCare, Sue Klinkhamer "had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can't put in print." Still she supported the health care take over engineered by the President and Democratic Congressional Leadership. But, no more. Now it's personal. And, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Klinkhamer is talking. Because of the provisions of ObamaCare, Klinkhamer has been notified that her insurance premium will more than double – from $291 per month to $647, a 122 percent increase. Following is the story of...
  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield Pulls out of Oregon’s Insurance Exchange

    10/23/2013 8:18:46 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    The Lund Report ^ | 5/23/2013 | Diane Lund-Muzikant
    May 3, 2013 – When the dust settled and the insurers announced their proposed rate requests for Oregon’s insurance exchange, the state’s largest health insurer – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon – decided to back away. That decision came on the heels of Regence having the highest enrollment last year compared to its rivals -- 472,902 members – just slightly ahead of Kaiser Permanente – which had 464,637 members. ... Onlookers came away stunned. Regence had been at the table all along, testifying in favor of the exchange during legislative hearings and had staff attending work sessions organized by Cover...
  • Hundreds of Thousands Losing Insurance Because of ObamaCare

    10/23/2013 11:57:21 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 18 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    The hits just keep coming with every day that brings us closer to the full implementation of ObamaCare. This vile piece of illegal legislation continually rains body blows to the gut of hardworking Americans. The mainstream media is starting to cover the story because the entire fiasco is just too big to ignore, but they're still doing their level best to cover up for Obama. Prepare yourself to continue hearing about the "glitches" on the government's $600 million plus website and for the media to keep replaying Obama's speech where the talks about how "incensed" he is over the faulty...
  • IBX cancels 24,000 plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act rules

    10/23/2013 5:55:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    NewsWorks ^ | October 22, 2013 | By Sarah Whites-Koditschek
    Independence Blue Cross has sent out cancellation notices to 24,000 members in the Philadelphia region whose insurance plans do not comply with new rules under the Affordable Care Act. The cancellations were sent to about half of the Independence Blue Cross individual plan members in the Philadelphia region who purchase insurance on their own because they don't get it through work.
  • Congresswoman: Obamacare creating health insurance monopolies

    09/28/2013 6:03:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9-26-13 | Patrick Howley
    Rep. Renee Ellmers raised awareness of a new problem with Obamacare’s implementation: the creation of private-sector health insurance monopolies that will limit Americans’ provider choices. The major health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is closely coordinating with the White House on Obamacare implementation, will enjoy perhaps the greatest monopoly of all, the North Carolina Republican said in a statement. “Although seven insurance companies currently operate in North Carolina, under the new Obamacare exchanges, those options will dwindle down to one in the majority of counties,” Ellmers said Thursday following the disclosure of figures by federal health officials showing...
  • Insurers flee States which will not permit them to make a profit. ObamaCare supporters stunned

    08/11/2013 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/11/13 | Doug Book
    “Looks like Obamacare is more “on track” than “train wreck,” gloated the experts on Barack Obama’s Think Progress website as they reported the Master’s healthcare scheme was literally forcing America’s insurers to lower their premiums. (1) The glad tidings arose back in May after Oregon providers Providence Health Plan and Family Care Health requested premium rate reductions from the state-run ObamaCare exchange. (Actually, the state just gets to PAY for the exchange. It’s RUN by Kathleen Sebelius at HHS.) Naturally this was big news for Affordable Care Act fans. After all, what could be better than private insurers wanting permission...
  • Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana Flee Obamacare Exchanges

    08/07/2013 2:41:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 7, 2013 - 5:16 PM | Elizabeth Harrington
    Major health insurance companies—Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana—have fled the Obamacare health care exchanges in various states, which are scheduled to start on Oct. 1. Insurance companies like Aetna and United have said, “thanks, but no thanks” to the public health insurance marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, which will facilitate government subsidies to individuals and small businesses to buy approved health plans to comply with the law. The ACA requires every American to have health insurance, or pay a penalty. Individuals who are not covered by their employer can enroll in the state or...
  • Anthem Blue Cross seeks to raise individual policyholders' rates

    11/28/2012 5:30:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 11/28/12 | Chad Terhune
    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,
  • Anyone Have a Clue When it Comes to Blue Insurance?

    03/30/2012 7:59:43 PM PDT · by MyHub · 11 replies
    www.walletblog.com ^ | 3/28/2012 | John Kiernan
    Do you know who your insurer is? This is neither a trick question, nor a bungling of the famous 1970s parenting PSA. Rather, it’s an honest question that I’d hazard to guess a large segment of the 100 million consumers under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield umbrella would be unable to answer due to the confusing corporate structure behind this association. I mean, do you know the difference between Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska? Probably not, but...
  • Blue Cross to suspend board member pay

    03/08/2011 11:36:24 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/8/11 | Laura Crimaldi
    The Blue Cross Blue Shield board announced today it is suspending their salaries as the healthcare giant also reconsiders its non-profit status and cuts benefits to its current CEO after a week of public outcry over an $11 million severance paid to ex-president and CEO Cleve L. Killingsworth. The 18-member board of directors approved the severance for Killingsworth, who left the non-profit health insurer after it lost nearly $150 million in 2009. Blue Cross paid its directors more than $1.2 million last year, records show. The directors attend meetings and work on other affairs related to the $13 billion company....
  • Elena Kagan demanded sex-change operation benefit for Harvard students.

    07/01/2010 10:21:04 AM PDT · by yoe · 99 replies
    Congress.org ^ | June 30, 2010 | Constituent letter
    <p>Breaking: Elena Kagan demanded sex-change operation benefit for Harvard students.</p> <p>Kagan's team forced Blue-Cross, Blue-Shield to pay for sex-change operations as a benefit for students as Dean of Harvard Law.</p> <p>Our breaking news report by Amy Contrada and Peter LaBarbera, just published this morning at MassResistance.org, contains links to 2006 and 2008 articles from the Harvard Crimson newspaper, proving Elena Kagan teamed up with the Lambda "Trans-gender Task Force" as Harvard Law Dean overseeing the administrative team that forced Blue-Cross, Blue-Shield to provide sex-change operations as a paid benefit, including breast enhancement or breast-removal (but not yet genital mutilation) for students or faculty who suffer from "gender identity disorder." The partial sex-change operations must be fully covered by insurance premiums, as Kagan's administrators demanded they be funded as an "equal right."</p>
  • BlueCross cutting reimbursements to health care providers in Tennessee

    03/02/2010 5:02:04 PM PST · by GailA · 7 replies · 548+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | March 2, 2010 | Toby Sells
    Hit by a $96 million loss from managing TennCare enrollees last year, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will cut reimbursements to thousands of specialty physicians and to some hospitals by 14 percent and is counting on an emergency room diversion program. The losses were more than twice what BlueCross expected and could reach $135 million this year, according to a records review by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It is the latest in a line of cutbacks looming for providers — a 7 percent rate reduction to all TennCare providers that takes effect in July, and an unresolved issue in Congress...
  • Blue Cross Blue Patients (Another study predicts higher insurance prices.)

    12/05/2009 6:18:00 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 21 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-05-09 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    Another day, another study confirming that ObamaCare will increase the price of health insurance. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has found that premiums in the individual market will rise on average by 54% over the status quo, which translates into an extra $3,341 a year for families and $1,576 for singles. The White House denounced the report as a "sham" before it was even released, which shows how seriously it takes such concerns. The Congressional Budget Office also found this week that ObamaCare will boost premiums in the individual market by as much as 13%. But the White House...
  • The WellPoint Revelation (Private insurance premiums could triple under ObamaCare)

    10/28/2009 3:50:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 1,135+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10/28/2009
    Washington is captivated by the Senate melodrama over the so-called public option, salivating at the ring of Harry Reid's political bell (see below). But the most important health-care questions continue to be about the policy substance—particularly those that Democrats don't want asked. Foremost among them is: How will ObamaCare affect insurance premiums in the private health-care markets? Despite indignant Democratic denials, the near-certainty is that their plan will cause costs to rise across the board. The latest data on this score come from a series of state-level studies from the insurance company WellPoint Inc. At the request of Congressional delegations...
  • HCAN billboard targeting Blue Cross

    09/27/2009 8:32:54 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 3 replies · 383+ views
    September 2009
    "Healthcare Reform" is not to improve the healthcare system. It's about putting insurance companies out of business, forcing us to accept government health coverage, and thus being at the mercy of politicians. Here is a billboard on Interstate 95 in Wilmington, Delaware by "Health Care for America NOW!", a left wing organization on par with ACORN that is funded by Drummond Pike.
  • Media Bias: AP Infers Blue Cross Blue Shield monopolizing markets,

    08/23/2009 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 16 replies · 1,155+ views
    PDOP ^ | 08/23/09 | J Brown
    Apparently individuals who woke up this morning to read a quarter-page story published in newspapers throughout the country with the headlines "Competition lacking among private health insurers". The AP story written by Ricard Alonso-Zaldivar is a prime example of a so-called unbiased major media organization that has once again failed to actually check the factual accuracy of a story centered upon the health care debate. The story, based upon a report published by the left-wing Urban Institute Public Policy Center cites that health care reform would lower individual health care costs by more than $200 billion by offering a public...
  • IBC will halt two insurance programs to poor(Medicare Cut leads to Blue Cross cut)

    08/11/2009 3:25:01 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 6 replies · 617+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 11, 2009 | Jane M. Von Bergen
    The region's most fragile and impoverished elderly citizens will lose some of their health insurance in January when Independence Blue Cross stops offering two plans catering to the poor. Independence Blue Cross, the region's largest health insurer, began sending letters last week to the 36,000 subscribers in the two programs, Keystone 65 Complete and Keystone 65 Value. The company says that starting Jan. 1, it can no longer afford to offer these programs because of cutbacks in federal funding for Medicare.
  • Woman Gets Others' Medical Records In Mail

    06/20/2009 8:33:52 AM PDT · by inflorida · 9 replies · 678+ views
    www.wftv.com ^ | June 19, 2009 | WFTV
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Seminole County woman was expecting a new insurance card from Blue Cross, Blue Shield, but she got a lot more than that. The woman said she received a box filled with hundreds of personal, private medical records for other people. The brown box sitting on her front doorstep Friday morning, she said, didn't look too out of place. However, as soon as the Sanford woman opened it, she found stack after stack of people's private medical records that certainly weren't in the right place.
  • Attention Federal Workers - A Fee Change by Blue Cross/Blue Shield Cuts Deep

    11/26/2008 11:45:04 AM PST · by Viking Ski Bum · 12 replies · 618+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | Joe Davidson
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield is making some federal employees and their doctors sick. They are upset because under the health insurance company's standard option next year, patients will pay 100 percent for an operation by an out-of-network physician, up to a maximum of $7,500, "per surgeon, per surgical day," according to the Service Benefit Plan. Currently, the rate is 25 percent of what the company sets for a procedure, plus any difference between that and the billed amount. The rest of the article is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/25/AR2008112502576.html
  • Health Insurers Offer to Accept All Applicants, on Condition

    11/22/2008 11:34:29 PM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies · 770+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/19/2008 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability. But in return, the industry said, Congress should require all Americans to have coverage. The proposals, put forward by the insurers’ two main trade associations, have the potential to reshape and advance the debate over universal health insurance just as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office. In separate actions, the two trade groups, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, announced their support for guaranteed coverage for...
  • Blue Cross to Doctors: Help Us Get Rid of New Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions

    02/13/2008 10:53:53 AM PST · by Scythian · 390 replies · 468+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 12, 2008
    LOS ANGELES — Citing an effort to hold down costs, health insurance giant Blue Cross wants doctors in California to report conditions it could use to cancel new patients' medical coverage, it was reported Tuesday. The state's largest for-profit health insurer is sending physicians copies of health insurance applications filled out by new patients, along with a letter advising them that the company has a right to drop members who fail to disclose "material medical history," the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site.
  • Pa. Is Losing Doctors And Insurance Companies Have A $6 Billion Surplus

    04/22/2006 6:37:16 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 79 replies · 1,567+ views
    County Press ^ | By John Williamson
    First, lets describe the health care problems we have in Pennsylvania. Perhaps the most alarming fact is that Pennsylvania is losing 1,500 doctors each year due to the skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance premiums. One local family doctor, who had never been sued, related how his premium went from $75,000 per year to $150,000 per year in one jump. His premium would be $12,000 if his practice were in Virginia. The next issue is the closure of hospitals. In the 166th District, our only hospital - Mercy Haverford - closed its doors in 2002, and has not reopened.
  • Hijacked California Healthcare - Needed: conservative watchdogs

    12/15/2005 4:59:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 455+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 12/15/05 | Chuck Devore
    What has $4.5 billion and provides millions of dollars per year to the left in California and won’t stop until California has universal, government-run, and fully unionized healthcare? The answer, three foundations created by Blue Cross’ conversion from non-profit to for-profit status from the late-80s to the mid-90s: The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation. These three entities, hijacked by the liberal activists on their boards, fund political activity, liberal consumer rights groups such as the Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), and the ACLU, the CTA teachers union, Planned Parenthood, the National Center...
  • Mundy takes issue with Blue Cross execs' golf memberships

    09/21/2004 6:22:04 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 314+ views
    Citizen's Voice ^ | 9/21/2004 | Denise Allabaugh
    While rates keep rising for health care insurance Huntsville Golf Club in Lehman Township has been getting a lot of business from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the same time that health insurance rates continue to rise significantly. Advertisement Four senior level executives of Blue Cross have memberships to Huntsville Golf Club, Blue Cross spokesman Gerry Snyder confirmed Monday. Snyder would not name the executives or say how much it costs for the memberships. According to Huntsville Golf Club's Web site, corporate members pay a $15,000 membership fee, an $8,000 initiation fee, $4,200 in annual dues and a $50...
  • Blue Cross Hires Communications Firm-firm specializes in managing public relations problems

    04/04/2004 8:48:16 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 178+ views
    Blue Cross Hires Communications Firm Organization Faced Week Of Criticism POSTED: 9:32 pm EDT April 4, 2004 PROVIDENCE -- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has hired a Boston consulting firm that specializes in managing public relations problems, following a week of intense criticism over perks the health insurance giant has given its executives. Blue Cross has hired Nicolazzo & Associates, a "strategic communications management" firm that has represented General Motors, Philip Morris, Ernst & Young, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland, The Providence Journal reported. According to...