By Shannon Barr, SAN DIEGO NEWS ROOM
Campaign funds are rising for those supporting and opposing Proposition 45, the "Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public Initiative." This proposition allows the insurance commissioner -- currently Dave Jones -- to regulate health care insurance premiums. It will be on the November 4 ballot.
As of July 11, $37,303,550 has been raised for the opposing side's...
By Jeffrey Young, HUFFINGTON POST
No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care of sick people.
Health insurance companies, even those that are not-for-profit, have to collect more money in premiums than they shell out...
By David Siders, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Following heavy lobbying from both sides, the California Democratic Party’s executive board has voted to endorse Proposition 45, a measure to give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates.
The proposition is one of two causing friction within the Democratic Party, pitting pitting trial lawyers and consumer groups against doctors and hospital groups.
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
About $250 million in planned health insurance premium increases in California during a 15-month period that ended in 2013 were excessive, according to a report released Wednesday by Consumer Watchdog, Reuters reports. Consumer Watchdog is supporting a November ballot initiative that would give the state regulatory authority over health insurance rates.
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By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS Public Radio San Diego, CA
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Covered California officials are raising concerns about Proposition 45, a November ballot measure that would regulate the price of health insurance.
The measure would allow the state insurance commissioner to reject health insurance price increases found to be unreasonable.
Covered California officials question...
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
California’s health insurance exchange, the agency responsible for administering the federal health care law, does not provide official email addresses to members of its governing board.
So it became an issue last month when a consumer group requested from the exchange a long list of public records, including any communications between agency officials and health insurance companies....
By Sharon Berstein, REUTERS
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians paid a quarter of a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a 15-month period ended last year that were deemed excessive by state regulators, a consumer group said Wednesday.
Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, which released the figures on Wednesday, is pushing Proposition 45, a ballot initiative that would give regulators the power to...
By Tim Lantz, KFBK 1530 AM Sacramento, CA
There's pressure on California's health insurance exchange to go public with board members' communications. But the board is using a technicality to deny the request.
The group Consumer Watchdog is still trying force Covered California to release emails exchanged between the health exchange's board members and insurance companies as part of a public records request...
By Timm Herdt, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
SACRAMENTO — A turf war over health insurance regulation broke out in the Legislature on Wednesday, pitting the state's new health insurance-purchasing exchange against Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and other supporters of a November ballot initiative.
Proposition 45 would give the insurance commissioner authority to review proposed health insurance premium rate increases and...
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Kicking off a major ballot fight this year, California lawmakers pressed the state's insurance commissioner to defend a proposal that would grant his agency sweeping new authority over health insurance rates.
At a legislative hearing Wednesday, backers and opponents of the statewide ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation called Proposition 45 squared off for the first time in a...