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May 4, 2000 | Bloomberg News
WellPoint Health Networks Inc., one of California's biggest health insurers, said its Blue Cross of California unit will stop processing Medicare claims as of December. Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin said it won the contract from the U.S. government to take over after Blue Cross of California stops and will hire the 400 workers currently employed to administer the claims.
July 29, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
Despite falling revenue and enrollments, insurance giant WellPoint Inc. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in profit for the second quarter. The Indianapolis company, the nation's largest health insurer by membership, earned $722.4 million, or $1.71 a share, in the three-month period ended June 30, compared with $693.5 million, or $1.43, for the same period the previous year. For the first half of the year, earnings were up 26% over 2009. WellPoint runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states and is the parent of Anthem Blue Cross of California, the state's largest for-profit health insurer.
May 21, 1999
Money-losing Sacramento-based Omni Healthcare, which provides medical coverage for 124,000 Northern Californians, said it plans to close and is currently in negotiations with Blue Cross of California to transfer its members.
July 27, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross of California announced the hiring of a former Aetna executive as its new president and general manager. Pam Kehaly, who has worked in the health insurance industry for more than 25 years, was named Monday to replace former President Leslie Margolin, who resigned a week ago. Kehaly will take the helm Aug. 30. Anthem, a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., is California's largest for-profit health...
November 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Blue Cross of California backed away from its plan to cancel a contract with a Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s hospital that the insurer had accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures. Blue Cross of California, owned by WellPoint Health Networks Inc. of Thousand Oaks, previously said it would terminate its contract with Doctors Medical Center of Modesto on Nov. 30.
September 9, 1997
Blue Cross of California, a subsidiary of WellPoint Networks Inc., has been selected to provide managed care services to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Food Employers Benefit Fund of Southern California. Under the contract, effective Sept. 1, more than 80,000 members of the union and their dependents will have access to Blue Cross of California's provider network, with more than 40,000 health care professionals at 375 facilities throughout the state.
July 18, 2008 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield -- two of the state's biggest health plans -- agreed Thursday to pay a total of $13 million in fines and to offer new health coverage to more than 2,200 Californians the companies dropped after they became ill. Neither company admitted to any wrongdoing in agreeing to pay the stiffest penalties yet in efforts by state authorities to curb what they view as an abusive practice of investigating and canceling policies after policyholders run up big medical bills.
August 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
WellPoint Inc. unit Blue Cross of California beat out UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Aetna Inc. to win a three-year medical insurance contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System. The California pension fund buys health coverage for more than 1.2 million state workers, retirees and their families. The subsidiary of Indianapolis-based WellPoint has had the CalPERS contract since 1999. CalPERS said it would spend $5.3 billion on health benefits next year, up from $4.
August 8, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
When an Indiana company bought Blue Cross of California in November 2003, it promised to maintain and improve the services and benefits of the state's largest health insurer. Nearly three years later, state regulators say they have been besieged by complaints that patients are paying more and doctors are about to be paid less. Regulators held an unusual public hearing Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles to find out why.
July 17, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
State regulators Monday postponed a hearing originally set for this week on complaints against Blue Cross of California, because its parent company has requested a more detailed agenda. The hearing now is set for Aug. 7 in Los Angeles. The state Department of Managed Health Care, which oversees HMOs, said last week that it had received more than 1,600 complaints from policyholders and doctors in less than three years against Blue Cross, the state's largest health insurer.
July 11, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
California has received more than 1,600 complaints from consumers, physicians and hospitals about Blue Cross of California since the state's largest health insurer was acquired by an Indiana firm in 2004, officials said Tuesday. The state announced plans this week to hold a public hearing in Los Angeles on July 19 on how well Blue Cross has lived up to promises it made nearly three years ago as part of the $21-billion acquisition.
May 26, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
State regulators are investigating whether a $950-million dividend Blue Cross of California sent to its Indianapolis-based parent violates an agreement the companies made to limit such payments to keep premiums down and maintain the quality of healthcare benefits, officials said Friday. Officials said the parent, healthcare giant WellPoint Inc., should have taken no more than $141 million out of California.
November 5, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Tenet Healthcare Corp., the biggest hospital operator in California, said the state's top insurer would stop covering care at a company medical facility in Modesto amid allegations it performed unnecessary heart procedures. WellPoint Health Networks Inc.'s Blue Cross of California, which has about 6.8 million members, will end its contract with Doctors Medical Center of Modesto on Nov.
August 17, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Blue Cross Launches Spanish Information Line: Blue Cross of California announced that it is launching the state's first all-Spanish-speaking service to provide health insurance information free of charge. Leonard Schaeffer, chairman of the nonprofit insurer, noted that Latinos are more likely to be uninsured than any ethnic group in the state. The service will provide information on all types of health insurance, including government programs. The number is 800-777-2287.
May 11, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Blue Cross of California agreed Thursday to stop canceling individual health coverage unless it can show policyholder deception -- a major shift by the state's largest health insurer that could lead to sweeping industrywide changes. The move is part of an effort to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of as many as 6,000 people canceled since late 2001.
April 20, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
The largest organizations representing California physicians and hospitals joined a lawsuit against Blue Cross of California on Thursday, accusing the state's largest health plan of illegally and routinely refusing to pay them millions of dollars for medical care provided to enrollees whose policies were later canceled.
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