The California Association of Realtors said Monday that it is suing Blue Shield of California to prevent cancellation of medical insurance for more than 5,500 members and their families. The Los Angeles-based trade association, which represents the state’s residential real estate industry, seeks unspecified general and punitive damages and a permanent injunction directing Blue Shield not to cancel members’ policies unless they do not make their payments. The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It called Blue Shield’s action callous. “We were abruptly notified by mail that our insurance coverage was being cancelled,” association President Colleen Badagliacco said in a statement. The notice, received in mid-December, gave members until May 31 to find new carriers. The association has also been unable to find a new carrier. “Many have operations scheduled, others are recovering from surgeries and require continued medical care or additional therapy. Some are dying and are in need of palliative care during their last days. Blue Shield is denying them all, just when they need medical care the most,” Badagliacco said. Blue Shield spokesman David Seldin disagreed. “They had failed to comply with the terms of their contract with us,” he said. “It’s a question of them not meeting the provisions of the contract. That’s pretty cut and dried.” Under state law, group medical coverage is guaranteed as long as legally agreed-upon guidelines are met, according to the association. “We strongly believe that Blue Shield terminated medical insurance coverage without cause,” Badagliacco said. The association has slightly more than 200,000 members, and about 5,500 of them have the Blue Shield coverage, said association attorney Debra Ferrier. The contract stipulates that 75 percent of the association’s eligible members who want medical coverage must select Blue Shield. But that 75 percent does not include people who have selected another plan, she said. Seldin said the 75 percent participation requirement is designed to spread the risk and keep premiums reasonable. The association has been a Blue Shield customer since 1999. Attorney Heather M. McKeon filed the suit on the association’s behalf. “They are using a very technical argument that we disagree with,” she said. A hearing on the injunction, which could block the Blue Shield action while the suit works through the legal system, is scheduled for March 14. McKeon also said there were some discussions between the parties after the notice was received, but they didn’t go anywhere. email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
New signing Matt Smith was sent off just 18 minutes into his Fulham debut, with Reading ahead at half-time through Glenn Murray’s goal.Murray headed in Jordan Obita’s cross on 15 minutes after the Whites had been forced to defend heavily from the start.Fulham, yet to win in the Championship, stayed focused but heads dropped when Smith, signed from Leeds on deadline day, was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Obita.Only Chris David looked threatening for the visitors before the break, forcing Adam Federici into a good save, while Jake Taylor missed by a whisker for the Royals.Fulham boss Felix Magath made three changes to the side that drew with Cardiff last time out, with 38-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly also making his debut along with Smith, and youngster Sean Kavanagh returning at left-back.Fulham (4-4-2): Kiraly; Voser, Burn, Bodorov, Kavanagh; Hoogland, Parker, David, Hyndman; McCormack, Smith.Subs not used: Bettinelli, Satfylidis, Hutchinson, Zverotic, Roberts, Rodallega, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Turnovers a missed shots plagued both teams in the early going in Thunen Gym on Tuesday. The Del Norte girls basketball team managed to get back on track but Fortuna struggled to score all night long as the Warriors pulled out a 53-25 victory over the Huskies to start the second half of Big 5 Conference play with a win.Both Del Norte and Fortuna turned the ball over three times apiece in the opening 2:30 of the first quarter as the game stayed tied at 0-0. Del Norte’s Kaleya Sanchez eventually …
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Taylor Statham, who struggled all game, tied the game at 18 but 1Bataan, which played without Sean Manganti, was quick to regain the advantage with Pasaol splitting his free throws to get back the lead.“We had to adjust there for a while because we’ve been playing with Sean since the pre-season but it was easy to play with Kuya Chito,” Assitio said about his veteran teammate Chito Jaime.The Risers, who lost for the first time in group stage no thanks to a Gerald Anderson-led effort from Marikina earlier in the day, won another P100,000 for the third leg crown.“We need to bounce back in the next leg, no excuses,” said Pasol.The President’s Cup returns to the SM Megamall Events Center on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Anton Asistio leads 1Bataan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines— Solidifying the newest rivalry in street ball, Pasig Grindhouse Kings and 1Bataan Risers faced off in the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 finals for the third time this season.But the Risers pulled ahead in the race to the top of the standings, escaping the Kings, 21-19, in an intense final battle Friday in the third of the five legs of the 3×3 tournament at SM Fairview Events Center.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory shored up the output of 1Bataan, led by Anton Asistio, Santi Santillan, Alvin Pasaol and Chito Jaime, to 280, 20 ahead of the Pasig Grindhouse, which won the last leg.The two sides were neck-and-neck until the final seconds but with Pasig Grindhouse missing all of their attempts from downtown for a walk-off win, the Risers pounced on the chance as Santillan nailed the game-winning freebie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We always expect that facing them will be tough because they’re bigger than us, “ said 5-foot-8 guard Asistio of the Kings composed of Dylan Ababou, Taylor Statham, Troy Rike, and Joshua Munzon.Pasig Grindhouse trailed by 10-15 then 14-18 but always found a way to storm back into the match, which is being played at half court with only 10 minutes on the clock. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments