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Woman Moves 10 Miles, Gets Hit With 25% Health Insurance Hike

Health insurance companies are allowed to charge different rates depending on where you live, but one would think that moving within the same region you’ve been in for more than a decade would not have a serious impact on your monthly rate. Try telling that to the woman in California who now faces an additional $1,272 in insurance premiums after moving 10 miles. [More]

When Hospital Systems Acquire Private Practices, We All Pay More For Health Care

When Hospital Systems Acquire Private Practices, We All Pay More For Health Care

A growing number of private health care practices are being purchased by hospitals. And even if that practice remains changed in all other ways, you can expect that the costs for procedures and visits will increase dramatically. [More]

My Insurance Rebate Disappears Into Black Hole. Anthem Tells Me To Complain To Someone Who Cares

My Insurance Rebate Disappears Into Black Hole. Anthem Tells Me To Complain To Someone Who Cares

You may be one of the millions of Americans who, as part of the Affordable Care Act, should be receiving a rebate from your health insurance provider, usually distributed to your employer. But what if you’re also one of the millions of Americans whose employer is no longer in business? [More]

Anthem BCBS Decides Boy Who Can’t Sit Up On His Own Doesn’t Need A Wheelchair

Anthem BCBS Decides Boy Who Can’t Sit Up On His Own Doesn’t Need A Wheelchair

There’s a 2-year-old in New Jersey whose cerebral palsy makes it impossible for him to walk or even sit up without support. But according to the computers at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, he should give a cane a try before Anthem forks over the cash for a wheelchair. [More]

New Legislation Would Pad Health Insurance Coffers While Screwing Over Consumers

As part of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers must spend at least 80% of the money they earn from premiums on actually providing health care, with the remaining cash used to cover all administrative, advertising and payroll costs. Those insurers with plans that don’t follow this ratio are soon supposed to start giving the extra money back in refunds and discounts. But new legislation introduced in the Senate this week could jeopardize this, while giving insurance companies even more money to stick in their dog pillows. [More]

Good Luck Trying To Find Out How Much A Medical Procedure Will Cost

Good Luck Trying To Find Out How Much A Medical Procedure Will Cost

A new report from the folks at the Government Accountability Office has confirmed what anyone who has ever tried to get a clear estimate on what a medical procedure already knows: There’s a good chance you can’t. [More]

WellPoint Hiring Jeopardy-Champ Computer To Make Treatment Decisions For Customers

WellPoint Hiring Jeopardy-Champ Computer To Make Treatment Decisions For Customers

We’re sure that most of you were sitting around thinking that the one thing the U.S. health insurance business needs is to be even less human than it is currently. And it looks like the folks at the health insurance behemoth WellPoint have heard those thoughts, because they have decided to “hire” Watson, the IBM supercomputer that beat two humans on Jeopardy earlier this year to help them decide on issues of treatment for policyholders. [More]

AMA: Health Insurers Still Making Errors On Nearly 20% Of Claims Processed

AMA: Health Insurers Still Making Errors On Nearly 20% Of Claims Processed

Last June, when the American Medical Association announced its finding that nearly one out of every five health insurance claims had been processed incorrectly, it had probably hoped it was giving the insurance biz a much needed kick in the pants. But one year and another AMA report card later, that statistic remains virtually unchanged. [More]

Anthem Blue Cross Holds Off On Plan To Charge $15 To Pay Bill By Credit Card

Anthem Blue Cross Holds Off On Plan To Charge $15 To Pay Bill By Credit Card

Last week, we told you how Anthem Blue Cross of California had decided it no longer wants to take credit card payments and will soon start charging $15 “convenience” fees for those still wishing to pay by plastic. But now that the California Attorney General is looking into the matter, Anthem has put that plan on hold. [More]

Anthem Blue Cross To Start Charging $15/Month To Pay Bill By Credit Card

Anthem Blue Cross To Start Charging $15/Month To Pay Bill By Credit Card

Anthem Blue Cross, along with its parent company, perennial Worst Company In America contender WellPoint, is known for many things — trying to jack up rates on policyholders by upward of 30%, practicing rescission on breast cancer patients, and leaking customers’ credit card information online. Basically everything except for providing quality health insurance. You can soon add another item to Anthem’s long list of qualifications when it stops allowing credit card payments, except for those willing to pay a $15 convenience fee. [More]

New HHS Rule Hopes To Rein In Some Runaway Health Insurance Premiums

New HHS Rule Hopes To Rein In Some Runaway Health Insurance Premiums

According to a recent study, the cost of health insurance coverage for a family of four has soared 131% since 1999. And the insurance companies continue to seek double-digit rate hikes even while profiting from peoples’ reluctance to seek medical care. Thus, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Dept. of Health & Human Services has just issued a new to help define what constitutes an unreasonable health insurance rate increase. [More]

Worst Company In America Elite 8: BP Vs. WellPoint

Worst Company In America Elite 8: BP Vs. WellPoint

A WCIA tournament vet faces everyone’s least-favorite newcomer in today’s Elite 8 bloodbath. [More]

Say Hello To Your Worst Company In America Elite 8!

Say Hello To Your Worst Company In America Elite 8!

Two rounds of WCIA bloodshed are in the book and the beaten bodies of 24 multi-billion dollar companies are being hauled off to be burned on a pyre. But for those businesses left standing — let’s call them the Elite 8 — the parade of pain marches on. [More]

Worst Company In America Sweet 16: Johnson & Johnson Vs. WellPoint

Worst Company In America Sweet 16: Johnson & Johnson Vs. WellPoint

In honor of April 1, we present this WCIA faceoff between a pair of fools — One that makes medicines no one can sell and the other that takes your insurance premium but offers you no insurance. [More]

Meet Your Worst Company In America Sweet 16!

Meet Your Worst Company In America Sweet 16!

After eight days and 16 first round battles, the WCIA steel cage is littered with the bones of those companies not crappy enough to continue on in the tournament. But the thrill of victory is fleeting for the remaining combatants, all of whom must square off again if they hope of crowning themselves the Worst Company In America! [More]

Worst Company In America Round One: UnitedHealth Vs. WellPoint

Worst Company In America Round One: UnitedHealth Vs. WellPoint

Let’s hope no one gets hurt during this shootout between two health care hellions, because there’s a good chance they’ll deny themselves coverage. [More]

Here's Your Lineup For Worst Company In America 2011!

Here's Your Lineup For Worst Company In America 2011!

For the sixth year in a row, we asked Consumerist readers to send us their nominations for our Worst Company In America tournament. And this year’s response was the greatest by far. [More]

Health Insurance Companies Really Hate Your Sick Children

Health Insurance Companies Really Hate Your Sick Children

The health insurance industry is generally known for its efficiency, generosity and — of course — for its customer-first attitude. That’s why it comes as such a shock that several of the more beloved insurance institutions like Wellpoint, Aetna, Cigna and United Healthcare have decided to stop selling you insurance policies for your sick children. [More]