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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Release
5/18/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Los Angeles, CA -- Patients who have suffered skyrocketing health insurance rates joined with the leaders of Consumer Watchdog Campaign to turn in more than 800,000 voter signatures for a ballot initiative requiring health insurance companies to open their books and justify rates, under penalty of perjury, before their rate increases take effect...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Supporters of a proposal to give state regulators power to reject health insurance rate increases say they are submitting 800,000 voter signatures to election officials in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot. "We will give California voters the chance to decide their own fate in November and stop out of control health insurance...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Proponents of an initiative that would give California regulators the power to regulate health insurance rates submitted 800,000 voter signatures on Friday in hopes of qualifying the measure for the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog called the initiative a "common sense proposal" to expand provisions of Proposition 103, which regulates...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
The stage is set for an immense political clash over regulation of health insurance with multibillion-dollar stakes and an impact on virtually every Californian. Consumer Watchdog battled insurers over regulation of auto and other personal insurance 24 years ago and won, claiming that it has saved consumers tens of billions of dollars since. Now...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Several high-profile business names, such as San Francisco hedge-fund manager Thomas Steyer and agribusiness magnate Stewart Resnick, have contributed to a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, according to campaign finance records. These contributions were among $1.5 million in donations reported Monday to...
News Story
4/26/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Health insurance giant WellPoint says it was hurt by lower enrollment and rising medical costs. Revenue grew 4% to $15.42 billion in the quarter. Health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. reported an 8% drop in first-quarter profit, hurt by lower enrollment and rising costs. The nation's second-largest health insurer — after UnitedHealth...
News Release
4/26/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog Campaign challenged the Blue Cross parent company CEO’s contention to shareholders yesterday that the California health insurance rate regulation initiative now circulating is not necessary because federal law adequately protects patients by pointing to the 1 million Californians facing rate hikes on...
News Story
4/23/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Some attorneys can't afford benefits, enroll with spouse instead. As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to release its decision next month on the constitutionality of the Obama administration's Affordable Health Care for America Act, the state is waging its own battle to rein in rates. In the midst of the fray are small law firms and sole...
News Release
4/20/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Santa Monica -- UnitedHealth Group, which runs the fifth-largest health insurance company in California, reported $1.39 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011, a 3% increase over last year, as it raises premiums on 84,000 Californians with small business coverage as much as 17% on May 1st. The insurance company is funding the fight...
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...