SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anthem is raising rates on 135,000 Californiaconsumers who buy individual polices 35 percent because California is one of the few states without the ability to say no to unjustified rate hikes.
In 2014, Consumer Watchdog sponsored a ballot measure, Prop
Consumer Watchdog said the best way to combat the outrageous increase now is to speed the creation of a Medicare-for-All system in the state and called on state legislative leaders to do it, together with leaders in the US Congress.
"Anthem is the poster child for why we need a single payer system," said Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker. "It left behind most policyholders in the state and now is charging the rest a third more. Covered California couldn't stop Anthem's exodus from its markets, or this totally unjustified 35% rate hike. The only power state leaders have now is to say the rate is unreasonable, but policyholders will have to pay anyway."
Anthem justified the hike for individuals who buy policies by claiming that prescription drug prices will soar 30 percent in 2018—double the estimates of two other big insurers and counter to national trends.
Anthem's increase is the largest statewide. The second largest is 28.6 percent by Molina Healthcare. Both companies are hiking rates substantially though they assume that federal subsidies for copays and deductibles will continue.
Consumer Watchdog asked Anthem customers and others suffering under the rate hikes to share their stories at here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/node/add/complaint. Consumer Watchdog also asked customer to tell their federal representatives and policymakers to enact a single payer system by going to http://p2a.co/8eYsdPu
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