Statement of Senator Ricardo Lara Calling on Anthem Blue Cross not to Abandon Long Beach Residents

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement after Anthem Blue Cross removed Long Beach Memorial Medical Center as an in-network provider, leaving residents and city employees without medical:

“Long Beach residents woke up last week to find that Anthem Blue Cross had hung a ‘closed’ sign on their medical home. Residents and city employees for whom Anthem Blue Cross is their only health insurance option faced a painful choice of paying out of pocket or canceling appointments.

“By dropping Long Beach Memorial Medical Center as an in-network provider, Anthem Blue Cross took healthcare decisions out of the hands of doctors and families. Anthem Blue Cross needs to immediately restore services for Long Beach residents and enter negotiations with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

“Anthem Blue Cross’s action reminds us why doctors and patients, not insurance companies, should be making healthcare choices for Californians.”

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