I literally have no idea what this means ("lock down mode"?) but it sure doesn't sound good:
An anonymous (but vetted) reader tells us that HCSC (the holding company for Blue Cross Blue Shield franchises in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, and the fifth-largest health insurer by enrollment) is in "lock down mode" following a gag order imposed last Friday (September 10, 2010). If any of our readers have details, we'd appreciate a heads' up as soon as possible.
Regarding your post, "What Hath Sebelius Wrought At the Health Insurers?" > - This is not accurate for HCSC. There is no order from the HHS and we are still writing business. The confusion may be related to the production and replacement of marketing and member communication that will be required to comply with the Affordable Care Act deadline next week. As you know, a number of changes will go into effect for our members on September 23 and we are working to ensure we have accurate and timely information for policyholders.
I shouldn't have linked the HCSC situation to Sebelius' letter, which I've been meaning to write about for days; I took the words "gag order" to mean something they didn't, for which I apologize.
I remain outraged by the HHS letter, but the two aren't connected, and I apologize for assuming they were.