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Setting The Standards For Health Insurance Exchanges

July 12, 2011

From Politico:  Many states are struggling to get their health exchange plans ready by deadline.   By SARAH KLIFF | 7/11/11 11:34 PM EDT The Obama administration’s newest health reform regulation, laying the groundwork for health insurance marketplaces in all states, may raise more questions than those it answers. The administration released a proposed regulation Monday…

Editorial: Health Planning Panel Needs Consumer Watchdog

May 24, 2011

From The Post & Courier: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 The South Carolina Health Planning Committee will play an important part in deciding how federal health care legislation plays out in the state — assuming the courts don’t scrap ObamaCare. So the committee should represent the broad spectrum of state residents who would be served by…

Editorial: Protect S.C.’s Health Insurance Consumers

May 9, 2011

Kudos to The Post & Courier for continuing to hammer away at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the S.C. Insurance Commission: Saturday, May 7, 2011 The last thing the people of South Carolina need, as the unemployment rate hovers around 9.9 percent and health care costs have increased significantly, is ineffective regulation of health insurance providers.…

Hicks: Health-Insurance Fat Cats Driving S.C. To Poor House

May 4, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Brian Hicks [email protected] Wednesday, May 4, 2011 These days it really pays to have health insurance. But it pays much better to sell it. Renee Dudley’s story in Sunday’s editions of The Post and Courier said that Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina saw its profits rise 46…

S.C.’s Insurance Regulators Lax, Cozy With Industry

May 2, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Renee Dudley [email protected] Sunday, May 1, 2011 South Carolina insurance regulators under-use their statutory power to reject health insurance premium rate hikes, harming consumers who have struggled with continual increases in recent years, watchdogs and analysts said. The South Carolina Department of Insurance “only occasionally” reduces rates after review,…

S.C. Blue Cross Swimming In Cash, Screwing Over Our State

May 2, 2011

From The Post & Courier: As premiums have risen, so has executives’ pay. By Renee Dudley Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits over the past five years, has boosted the pay of board members and top executives while sticking policyholders with ever-higher premiums, a…

Justice Department Investigates Blue Cross Blue Shield

March 30, 2011

From Charleston Regional Business Journal: By Ashley Fletcher Frampton [email protected] Published March 28, 2011 The U.S. Department of Justice claimed in a lawsuit filed in October that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was violating antitrust laws in its contracts with hospitals, and now the government is expanding its investigation of the matter. Blue Cross…

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