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News Story
3/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate increases are unreasonable: Stuff it, Dave. That essentially was the response of Blue...
News Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Two decades ago, when my now 21-year-old son had a terrifying medical mishap that has left him blind and disabled for life, I sought out a consumer group that was advocating for patients. And since discovering Consumer Watchdog, over the last 20 years, we have exposed medical negligence, fought for better patient safety laws, won landmark...
News Release
6/1/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...
News Release
4/19/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis at followthemoney.org finds that health insurance companies gave $11.6 million in campaign cash to California politicians, including $7.4 million to candidates for the California legislature, between 2000 and 2010. The largest health insurance donor in California over the last decade was...
News Story
3/15/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Prepared To Do Battle Against Premium Regulation California's provider and payer communities lined up this week against a proposed ballot measure for the November election that would provide the California Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health insurance premiums. The California Medical Association, California Hospital...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Health care firms spent more than $35 million on lobbying in California in 2011. Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. California -- The California secretary of state says health care lobbyists spent more than $35 million last year. The biggest health care player was Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser spent $3.5 million lobbying...
News Release
3/12/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser...
Blog Post
2/2/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
We are doing it! Today we launched our ballot initiative drive to force health insurance companies to publicly justify their rates and get permission for rate hikes. If you are a registered voter in California, your signature today can stop outrageous health insurance premium increases.  Please: 1) Click on this link: www.Justify Rates.org...