Open forum for small group health reveals public opinion

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine hosted a public comment forum Monday to discuss their impending rate hikes. A small group assembled in opposition of the proposed premium increases, most of whom were vocal with their disdain. The insurer is seeking to raise its rates as a result of rising medical costs and insists that the new rates will help ensure the quality of health care remains high. Many policyholders aren’t buying it. “We all know this is not about delivering quality care,” argues one angry Mapleton resident,…

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WellPoint Warns Health Insurance Applicants in 10 States Regarding Security Breach

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In July, 2010, America’s largest insurance provider found that a website security error may have placed customers at risk. People in ten states were exposed to this security breach. The site malfunction appears to have resulted from recent WellPoint website updates performed by an outside contractor. WellPoint’s system is regularly used by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield customers. In this case, the error involved the applications for health insurance processed through the website. It was discovered that data from approximately 940 applications was exposed. Using caution, WellPoint notified 470,000 of…

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