iOS app Android app



The Colorado Independent | digg_url = 'Http:// | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As Washington again debated health reform last week, Coloradans enrolled in insurance giant WellPoint's Anthem individual group plan reeled from a 19....

Jerry Brown Subpoenas Documents From Health Insurers

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Attorney General Jerry Brown subpoenaed financial records from the state's seven largest health insurance compan...

Internal Anthem Blue Cross Memo Says Patients Must "Push Back" To Get a Liver Transplant, Will Congress Push Back?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

While Anthem Blue Cross/Wellpoint executives were defending their outrageous premium increases this week, an internal company protocol surfaced that proved the insurer is as heartless as it is greedy.

The Tragedy of a Healthcare Crusader, Part One

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanine Molloff

Melanie died from breast cancer on January 30th. More specifically, she died most probably from delayed treatment and policy rescission caused by her insurer: Wellpoint.

WellPoint Raising Premium Rates By Double Digits In At Least 11 States, Report Says | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If Democrats move to pass health care reform after tomorrow's summit, their newfound momentum can be at least partly attributed to WellPoint's decisio...

Waxman: Anthem Blue Cross Spent $27M On 103 Executive Retreats

AP | ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON — The House has voted to repeal the health insurance industry's exemption from federal antitrust laws, giving Democrats an easy win o...

The Ugly Face of Corporate Health Insurance

Bill Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Baker

Polls say that a slight majority of Americans like their health insurance and don't want to be part of a government system. But Medicare recipients love its free care.

Anthem Blue Cross Faces First Public Hearing Over Premium Hike

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers grilled Anthem Blue Cross executives on Tuesday about their plan to boost individual insurance premium...

Anthem Blue Cross: State Regulator Finds More Than 700 Violations

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles


Ephram Nehme Sues Anthem Blue Cross For Automatically Denying 'Medically Necessary Liver Transplant'

The Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Ephram Nehme wanted to visit a doctor. Turns out he also needed to hire a lawyer. His trial begins today in a Los Angeles courtroom, where Nehme is a...

Health Care Costs: A Look Into WellPoint's Profits

AP | By TOM MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


Huge Compensation Packages Should Be Approved by Stockholders

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

The owners of the company should have something to say before executives are given multimillion dollar compensations. You would think that this would be the case now.

WellPoint Directors Cash Large Options After 39% Rate Hike Proposal

Indy Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Three WellPoint board members have collected a combined $625,517 in gains from stock options in the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant as the c...

Evan Bayh's Very Long 2009

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Sledge

More than Bayh's dimming political prospects, my guess is that what got to Bayh was the distinctly personal tone of the attacks on his wife, Susan.

The Greed Olympics: Banks and Insurers Battle for the Gold

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Dreier

As the Greed Olympics heats up, it is time for Americans to stop being spectators. The President and Congress shouldn't be the only ones judging the competition and handing out the medals.

Did Filibuster Reform Lead Sen. Bayh to Quit?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

Bayh blamed lack of bipartisanship for his decision, but of all the potential reasons for his leaving the senate, this one is the most likely to be bogus.

Anthem Individual Health Insurance Prices -- Worse Than Reported

Hava Volterra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hava Volterra

Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates this year on its California individual insurance plans by up to 39%. It's all over the news and Congress is investigating.

WellPoint Rate Hike: Insurer Blames 'Demographics' For 39% Premium Increase In California

AP | TOM MURPHY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

INDIANAPOLIS — Health insurer WellPoint blames the Great Recession and rising medical costs for its planned 39 percent rate increase for some Ca...

Health Insurance Industry Exposes Its Insatiable Greed

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.

Arthur Delaney

WellPoint Subsidiary Fights Maine Over Big Rate Hike (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine, a subsidiary of WellPoint, the nation's largest insurer, wanted the state to approve an average rate hike ...

Nine Arrested At Sit-In At WellPoint Insurance Headquarters In NYC

Special To Huffington Post | Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Simone Morse, a 19-year old student at Hunter College, was the first to be handcuffed and pulled up from the floor this morning at 1 Liberty Plaza in ...

Meet UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley: Rich, Powerful, Not Yet Famous

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Business as usual for Hemsley and UnitedHealth is a chronic pattern of abuse and neglect of its policy-holders, along with a powerful political influence-peddling operation that involves costly campaign contributions.

In Washington, the Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Your Health

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Moyers

You can't tell the players without a scorecard in the old Washington shell game. Lobbyist out, lobbyist in. They've been plowing this ground for years, and the soil has never been so fertile.

Health Care Bill's Winners And Losers: Drug Makers To Benefit, Insurers Brace For Hit

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY and GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The drug industry stands to gain in a health-care overhaul by getting tens of millions of newly insured customers, while insurance companies -- especi...

Rachel Weiner

WellPoint Cuts Workers' Health Insurance Benefits | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WellPoint health insurance company, which has encouraged its employees to lobby against health care reform, is now cutting their benefits. The ins...