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Author Topic: HUGE increases in Anthem Blue Cross CA rates  (Read 2056 times)

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Offline sfpvguy41

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HUGE increases in Anthem Blue Cross CA rates
« on: May 03, 2011, 02:55:45 AM »
Wow, biggest cost increase I've seen. Preceded by a letter announcing that lifetime limits were gone, with other healthcare act changes.

Then letter to raise prices blaming it in part on healthcare reform.

Monthly rate about $450 to $650. Doctor visit copay $35 to $40. med copay 30 to 35. Med deductible annual from $500 to 575.

I'm grateful to have coverage. But wow, 45% increase??
Labs: (undetectable since 2005)
12/13: 634 cdr, 37.3%, 758 cd8, total chol 183, triglycerides 131
8/13: changed to Edurant from Reyataz
12/12: 828 cd4, 34.5%, 1078 cd8, total chol 192, tri 196
12/11: 787 cd4, 37%, 979 cd8.
9/11: 758 cd4, 38%, 944 cd8, und.
8/11 dropped norvir, incr reyataz to 400 mg
6/11: 621 CD4 CD4% 41, CD8 680! Undetectable. Creatinine and eGFR are ok now.
Switched from Truvada to Epzicom in late April 2011
AGT/AST and creatinine back to normal mid-April.
Cut Norvir from regimen.
Switched back to Reyataz/Norvir late Feb 2011
2/11: CD4 664 34%, CD8 963, diagnosed with osteoporosis, high AGT/AST and creatinine.
12/10: CD4: 676 CD4%: 34 CD8: 1012
Switched from Reyataz/norvir to Isentress 10/10
8/10: CD4: 731 CD4%: 40 CD8: 866
Diagnosed Sept. 2002 started meds May 2005.

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: HUGE increases in Anthem Blue Cross CA rates
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 06:41:48 AM »
(Partly because of some prior maneuvering by Anthem) the new health care law gives states more powers to regulate insurer premium increases -- including the ability to declare a rate increase unreasonable and not able to go into effect.  You might want to talk to someone at the California insurance commission office -- just to see if you have any options.

Call the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-HELP  (800-482-4833 TDD) to ask a general health insurance question,
http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0100-consumers/0020-health-related/0010-consumer-provider-complaints/
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

 


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