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News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
The proposed premium hikes for hundreds of thousands of California consumers with individual coverage would outpace the cost of overall medical care, which has risen just 3.6% in the last year. California's largest health insurers are raising average rates by about 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of consumers with individual coverage,...
News Story
2/20/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Click here to listen to the audio of this news broadcast. Consumer advocates are trying to get a measure on the fall ballot that would allow the state to regulate health insurance premiums. SAN DIEGO — Signatures are being collected on an initiative that would allow state regulators to control the price of health insurance. The measure would...
Blog Post
2/8/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Shouldn't the CEOs of health insurance companies like Blue Shield have to sign under penalty of perjury that their rate hikes are justified? If the first online signature gathering for a ballot petition is successful, Californians will vote on that proposition in November, and are almost sure to approve. One year ago I stood at the Blue Shield...
News Story
2/8/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
  Consumer Watchdog is making Blue Shield the poster child for health insurance reform in California.   Representatives from Consumer Watchdog [1] and other groups today launched a ballot measure campaign [2] to regulate health insurance rates in California with an event outside the San Francisco...
Video
2/3/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Patients facing 15% rate hikes March 1st took their complaints to Blue Shield yesterday, and signed a ballot petition outside the insurer's San Francisco headquarters to make health insurance companies publicly justify rates before they take effect.  Blue Shield is sitting on $3.1 billion in excess surplus - 1400% the minimum surplus...