CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
San Diego, CA – Health insurance policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association and consumer advocates supporting Proposition 45, which prohibits excessive rate increases, to deliver a pickup truck containing a ton of steer manure to Blue Shield’s San Diego offices.
The Proposition 45 supporters said...
By Alexei Koseff, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
California ballot measure campaigns have raised more than $83 million since Aug. 1, and each of the six proposition races now features a deeply lopsided financial fight heading into the final weeks before Election Day.
Most askew is the campaign for Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet measures, Propositions 1 and 2, which would approve a $7.5 billion...
By Victoria Colliver, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday accused Anthem Blue Cross of imposing “excessive” rate hikes on 120,000 customers covered by the company’s small-business policies.
The announcement gave Jones another opportunity to urge voters less than two weeks before the November general election to vote for...
By Chris Rauber , SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
With Election Day less than two weeks away, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones blasted Anthem Blue Cross for what he deemed an "unreasonable" rate increase for a small sub-set of its business.
Jones described the 9.8 percent boost in rates for roughly 120,000 small-group enrollees as the fourth consecutive rate increase by the Thousand...
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage.
Dave Jones, the state's elected insurance commissioner, said Anthem had failed to justify its 10% average rate increase and...
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes.
Proposition 45, which gives the elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rates, is being opposed by $55...
By Doug Sovern, KCBS 740 AM San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— California may not have the hotly contested, high-profile races for U.S. Senator or governor that some other states do this year, but it’s still attracting some of the biggest campaign spending in the country.
To many voters, this is kind of a sleepy campaign season, but there’s still close to $200 million...
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Santa Monica, CA -- On Saturday, the three big health insurance companies that control California’s health insurance market gave another $12 million to their campaign to defeat Proposition 45, which will give California the authority to stop health insurance rate overcharges.
The total insurance industry spending against Consumer...
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California insurers have pumped more than $12 million over the last five days into a campaign to defeat Proposition 45, an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would regulate health insurance rates.
Blue Shield gave $2.66 million, WellPoint $6 million, Kaiser Permanente $3.73 million and Health Net $350,000, according to late filings at the...
By Thomas Elias, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
It's almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month's ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials.
But two other propositions are almost equally deserving of yes votes, Propositions 45 and 48....