fbpx

Ken Eudy and Blue Cross

Ken Eudy and NC Blue Cross have a long-term relationship.  Millions of dollars that should have gone to lower health premiums or pay for medical services has gone straight from the pockets of Blue Cross policyholders into Capstrat’s profits.  Sometimes that relationship has meant Eudy has done things on behalf of Blue he probably wished he hadn’t.

Back in 2003 when Blue first announced record profits of $190 million, over a thousand people wrote outraged letters, emails, or made phone calls to Insurance Commissioner Jim Long worried about the effect of the focus on profits on their premiums and whether they would be able to afford health coverage.  Commissioner Long responded by considering asking for legislation from the General Assembly that would allow him to more closely review such huge profits and order refunds for policyholders.

Nonprofit Blue became extremely worried at the prospect of stringent review of their outsize profits.  Eudy, acting for Blue Cross, made a transparent attempt to intimidate ordinary citizens around North Carolina from expressing their concerns to the Insurance Commissioner.  To do this, Eudy demanded, and received, copies of all those letters and comments complete with names and addresses.  Remember, these are ordinary Blue Cross policyholders who legitimately might worry that Blue would be unhappy with what they said and this unhappiness would be reflected in their health premiums or coverage.

It’s impossible to measure the chilling effect Eudy’s request had on further complaints to the Commissioner or the chances of legislation on the topic in the General Assembly.  Suffice it to say no such bill was ever considered that year.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Adam Searing
Load More In Uncategorized

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

As a family medicine physician in training, I have been closely following the news about Roe… [...]

Relentless heat -- Raleigh is running well ahead of the 30-year average in the number of… [...]

The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit that promotes high-quality health systems, publishes a scorecard each year that… [...]

As LGBTQ Pride month came to a close this past week, queer people in North Carolina… [...]

As a family medicine physician in training, I have been closely following the news about Roe… [...]

The North Carolina General Assembly brought its 2022 “short session” to a close last week. Well,… [...]

The post SCOTUS and the next explosive case for Democracy appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to control… [...]