Health insurance regulators review rates, and they may even find them unreasonable. But there is no law to force insurance companies to comply with a regulators recommendations. Proposition 45 would change that.
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California's initiative process can shine a bright light on how money and influence work their magic in American politics.
Unlike in the legislature, there are no back rooms where favors can be traded; everything's got to be done in public — campaign contributions are subject to public disclosure, and what you see in campaign...
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Public challenges to insurance rate requests have saved consumers $3.063 billion on auto, homeowners and medical malpractice policies over the last 12 years, demonstrating the potential savings under Prop 45 which applies the same limits on health insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog said today.
Proposition 45 on the...
By Pauline Bartolone, KVPR VALLEY PUBLIC RADIO
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A measure on the November ballot would give California’s elected insurance commissioner power to reject health insurance premium increases for people in individual and small group plans. But as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento explains, that policy change...
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
San Francisco, CA – Consumer advocates and nurses launched a new “Yes on 45” street art campaign hitting San Francisco and Sacramento this week that exposes the health insurance companies spending $37.5 million to oppose Proposition 45. Thousands of posters will be plastered through wild-posting in the coming days in other cities...
Consumer advocates and nurses launched a new “Yes on 45” street art campaign hitting San Francisco and Sacramento this week that exposes the health insurance companies spending $37.5 million to oppose Proposition 45. Thousands of posters will be plastered through wild-posting in the coming days in other cities across the state. Michael...
By Alejandro Lazo, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Californians are split over a high-profile voter initiative that opponents say could complicate the future of President Barack Obama ’s health-care law in one of the states that has gone furthest to embrace it.
Proposition 45 would grant California’s insurance commissioner new powers to veto health-insurance premium increases for...
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, LOS ANGELES TIMES
For health insurance to be affordable, someone has to keep rates in check.
If you believe the advertising on television, health insurance in California is now the best deal since sliced bread.
Four health insurance companies, which control 84% of the California market, are spending tens of millions of dollars to convince voters they have it so...
Op-Ed by Paul Y. Song, MD, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
An Open Letter to my fellow medical professionals about California's Proposition 45 and the primary obligation we have to protect the well being of our patients.
Like generations of doctors before us, when each of us graduated from medical school, we were asked to raise our hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. This was a defining moment in...
By CityBeat Staff, SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT
Health-insurance behemoth Blue Cross Blue Shield and managed-care companies Well-Point and Kaiser Permanente have spent a combined $37 million to try to convince you to vote no on Prop. 45. If you hate insurance companies—and we don’t blame you—voting yes should make you feel really good.
The measure would...