The Department of Managed Health Care will have its hearing later today on the practices of Blue Cross of California, especially after the Anthem-Wellpoint merger in 2004.
With the It’s Our HealthCare coalition, we launched www.SickOfBlueCross.com, and collected many consumer stories of BlueCross’ bad behavior. At the hearing tomorrow, also working with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, we’ll have some of those stories, at a 9:30am press conference before the hearing.
In order to fix these issues, consumers need to get the attention of both regulators and legislators: regulators, to place oversight over Blue Cross with the rules currently in place, and legislators, to pass health reforms that fundamentally change the system.
We submitted extensive comments last week. We’ll give a full report from that press event and from inside the hearing after the festivities.