Blue Shield of California might want to rethink their customer service. But hey, they don’t really have to … they’re a health insurance company:
Karen Fairbank, 60, of Pacific Palisades discovered this recently when Blue Shield of California sent her a letter demanding that she return a payment of more than $2,400, and that she . . . → Read More: Blue Shield of California Wants Mistaken Reimbursements Back. With Interest.
Yes, if you’re a Californian who gets their health insurance through Aetna or Blue Shield, your rates may be going up. A Lot.
Despite objections from regulators, health insurers Blue Shield of California and Aetna Inc. are proceeding with double-digit rate increases that state officials said were unreasonable.
Officials at the California Department of Managed . . . → Read More: Blue Shield and Aetna Will Have Double-Digit Health Insurance Hike in CA
Nope, it’s not a typo. Blue Shield of California is planning on raising its health insurance premiums for some individual health insurance policyholders again, and some unlucky policyholders will see their premiums rise by as much as 20% as of March 1st. The health insurance premium hikes are expected to affect 300,000 individual health insurance . . . → Read More: Blue Shield Files to Raise Rates As Much As 20% in California
Don’t look now, but health insurance is probably coming to a supermarket near you:
Blue Shield of California has opened a center inside Lucky Supermarket in San Francisco, offering wellness visits and consultations with a company “ambassador,” who can answer questions and sign up people for coverage while they buy fruits and vegetables. Blues plans . . . → Read More: Will You Be Picking Up Your Health Insurance With Your Milk?
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
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
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%
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
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
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