Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Physicians pile on Blue Cross

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Lately, it’s almost as if Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has been going out of its way to aggravate people. First, the health care insurance behemoth sent out notices to its customers giving them the news of across-the-board premium and co-pay increases — and they decided to do that during the same week in which they also mailed out flyers in opposition to health care reform. Those flyers included postage-free anti-reform cards that BCBSNC customers were urged to send to Kay Hagan to oppose reform.

On Sunday, Raleigh’s News & Observer ran an op-ed by BCBSNC’s CEO, Bob “$4 Million Man” Greczyn, in which he leaned heavily on a “highly respected study” that was, in reality, a document that has been widely dismissed as a deliberately skewed, industry-paid sham.

Now, physicians have sent a letter to N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, claiming that Blue Cross is trying to get around provisions of a new law controlling contracts between doctors and insurance companies. Read about it in more detail here.

Last but not least, we salute the Pitt County Board of Commissioners, which just voted to send BCBSNC a letter of disapproval concerning the recent anti-reform mailing aimed at Sen. Hagan. Details here.

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