Beginning in April, we will transition to a new payment system that will offer our members the same convenient choices with an improved online payment experience. Members will notice some changes if they pay their bill online or are enrolled in Easy$PaySM, our automatic payment program.
The California Court of Appeal has rejected health insurers’ lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones challenging regulations he issued to protect consumers from unlawful cancellations of their health insurance. The Association of California Life and Health Insurers (ACLHIC) sued Commissioner Jones to invalidate his regulations that protect consumers from having their insurance unfairly terminated, claiming the commissioner lacked the authority to adopt them and that they were inconsistent with statute.
The Rx Choice Tiered Network is comprised of more than 70,000 retail pharmacy locations in all. The network is anchored in Anthem markets, where offered, by CVS, along with Target pharmacies, now owned and operated by CVS. Members have the option to pick pharmacies at other retail chains and big box stores, as well as many independent drugstores.
“Anthem is significantly disappointed by the decision as combining Anthem and Cigna would positively impact the health and well-being of millions of Americans – saving them more than $2 billion in medical costs annually,” said Joseph R. Swedish, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Anthem.
It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the “Act”). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.
Beginning April 1, 2017, Anthem Blue Cross will adjust the base rates for existing business on all California Department of Insurance (CDI) grandfathered medical plans with an April 1, 2017 effective date. Members will also receive an adjustment for age changes. The base rates for members on Department of Manage Health Care (DMHC) grandfathered medical plans, that were effective April 1, 2016, are not scheduled to change in 2017. DMHC members will receive an adjustment for age changes.
The team determined with a high degree of confidence the identity of the attacker and concluded with a medium degree of confidence that the attacker was acting on behalf of a foreign government. Notably, the exam team also advised that previous attacks associated with this foreign government have not resulted in personal information being transferred to non-state actors.
Blue Shield of California and Sutter Health have been engaged in discussions on rates and terms for a new network contract (HMO/PPO and in some cases, Group Medicare Advantage). Though we are still actively involved in negotiations, the current contract expired at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2016 and Sutter Health is no longer Blue Shield’s in-network provider effective January 1, 2017.
Created by The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) the service is designed to offer consumers who may suspect they or a family member is the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or annuity, but may now have some of the key information typically needed to search, such as a policy number or name of the insurer.
For 2017, Anthem Blue Cross will offer a new Silver Pathway HMO 2650 plan for Individual business. This plan meets Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules and will be sold off the exchange only. We also will expand our Pathway HMO network in Los Angeles County for members who buy plans on or off the exchange.