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News Story
11/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
During a meeting last week, officials at Covered California, the state’s much-touted health insurance marketplace, made a pretty stark admission: Half of the approximately 1 million consumers whose health plans are being canceled will pay more under the Affordable Care Act. The numbers, it seems, have been overshadowed by other...
News Story
11/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Steve Goldsberry said he knows what California's decision not to allow canceled health insurance policies to be extended will cost him. "Six grand a year," said the Simi Valley general contractor who believes he may end up paying $500 more a month because his current policy doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's standards....
News Release
11/21/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of California's health insurance marketplace today voted to block a reprieve on health insurance cancellations proposed by President Obama last week and to allow health insurance companies to hike rates on 50% of cancelled Californians. The move shows the need for regulation of health insurance prices in...
News Story
11/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
(11-21) 15:46 PST SACRAMENTO -- Covered California, the state's health exchange, on Thursday rejected President Obama's request to let insurers extend their current health policies, a decision that affects about 1 million Californians who have coverage that doesn't comply with the requirements of the federal health law. The...
News Story
11/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- It's all systems go for the federal health care law, at least in California, after the state on Thursday spurned President Barack Obama's directive that would allow millions of Americans to extend their current health insurance policies through 2014. The five-member board of Covered California, the state's health...
Blog Post
11/19/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Regulation of insurance companies, introduced by Proposition 103, could repair a loophole in the Affordable Care Act. "We didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law," an apologetic President Obama said this month, shortly after millions of Americans got notices from their health insurance companies that their...
Video
11/18/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Millions of Californians affected after health insurers cancel their current plans have been given a reprieve. Insurers can now extend plans into 2014 under the affordable care act. California insurance commissioner Dave Jones says insurers demanded provisions before the laws went into effect. Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog has asked Covered...
News Story
11/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot teeming with health measures next November may prompt hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending. SACRAMENTO — Obamacare's troubled rollout — and its more successful California start — may be dominating the news now. But wait till next year. An election year ballot full of health issues awaits California...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama’s move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President...
News Release
8/27/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...