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Elevance Health’s CEO Took Home $17 Million in 2020, Same Year It Was Charged With a Multi-Million-Dollar Antitrust Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action today released a statement by Health Care for All Campaign Director Aija Nemer-Aanerud in response to Elevance Health’s quarterly earnings report, which showed a profit of $2.3 billion:

“In a grotesque display of corporate profiteering, this morning Elevance Health announced it profited $2.3 billion off its policyholders. Part of this is made by denying peoples’ claims, resulting in millions of dollars in medicine, surgeries, and other treatments that people aren’t getting. People get sicker, longer, because of Elevance Health’s greed.

“Today’s announcement raises the question: What portion of Elevance’s billions comes from denying care for their members? Our campaign, Care Over Cost, is organizing with people across the country to hold private health insurance corporations like Elevance accountable and finally get people the care they need.”

People’s Action yesterday hosted a livestream event along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to promote its Care Over Cost campaign to help people get the care they deserve by overturning wrongful claim denials from private health insurers. The six largest private insurers took in $41 billion of profits just last year. Private insurers denied 42.3 million in-network claims on the ACA marketplace in 2020 alone.

Contact: Johanna Kichton,, 202.660.0605


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People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”

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