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Tell big health insurers to put people over profit

From CareOverCost.org:

Big health insurers just don’t care. They’ll deny your claim, or let you die first.

Help us put care over cost. Sign our petition to tell big insurers they can’t put profits before people. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is one of the worst. BCBS insurers lead the nation in denial of claims. The worst of these is BCBS of Tennessee, which denies 57 percent of in-network claims.

BCBS keeps raising rates. Premera, which offers BCBS plans in Washington State, raised their rates by 35 percent in 2018, and slashed their workforce. Then they lobbied lawmakers so they could keep more of their surpluses for themselves.

BCBS keeps profits in the family. The BCBS association and licensees had to pay $2.7 billion to settle an antitrust lawsuit for conspiring across state lines to keep premiums high.

BCBS pays themselves royally. The Health Care Services Corp., which insures 8 million Blue Cross members in Illinois, paid its chief executive $14 million in 2018, a 38 percent increase, and tens of millions more to current and former executives and board members. At the same time, they were sued for fraud for inflating charges to the government.

We demand all BCBS health insurers immediately:

  1. Halt premium increases
  2. Approve doctors’ authorizations and medical claims

We all deserve better. Sign our petition to let Blue Cross Blue Shield and other health insurers know you think they should stop making profits by costing people their health.

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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