Consumer Group Sues Over Health Insurance Increases

Mar. 7.10 | About: Anthem, Inc. (ANTM)

Anthem Blue Cross, California’s biggest for-profit health insurance company, has been on the hot seat lately. Its plan to raise premiums for individuals by as much as 39 percent landed the CEO of its parent company, Wellpoint (WLP), in front of a Congressional committee and reignited efforts in Washington to pass healthcare reform legislation.

Now the advocacy group ConsumerWatchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit against Anthem over the rate increases saying they violate California law. We spoke to Jerry Flanagan, healthcare policy director for ConsumerWatchdog, about his group’s lawsuit, what Anthem’s actions mean for reform, and why the proposed healthcare legislation wouldn’t have prevented Anthem from instituting the rate increases in the first place.