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News Story
2/2/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
There’s a grassroots movement underway to change insurance law, giving California the power to regulate health insurance rate hikes. The proposed initiative by Consumer Watchdog, a group based in Santa Monica, will require health insurance companies to ask permission from the state insurance commissioner before raising premiums. It’s...
News Release
2/2/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Santa Monica, CA – Patients facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, including one who is now uninsured due to rising prices, joined consumer advocates today to launch an historic all-volunteer signature-gathering effort to qualify an initiative measure for California’s November ballot to regulate health insurance rates. ...
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...
News Story
2/1/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
A high-stakes ballot measure to give state regulators the power to approve health insurance rates in California has landed a heavyweight supporter: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. One of California's most respected politicians, Feinstein has come forward as the chief spokeswoman and No. 1 booster of a proposed initiative to regulate hikes in...
News Story
1/16/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
California should join the majority of states across the nation, 36 of 50, that have authority to control health insurance rate hikes. A consumer group is expecting to begin collecting signatures within the next few days to put a regulatory measure on the November ballot. They should work to give California voters the opportunity to voice their...
News Story
1/16/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
California regulators last year won expanded authority to scrutinize health insurance rate hikes, but their continued lack of real power has consumers gearing up for a new battle with the insurance industry over rate regulation. The new law permits regulators to conclude a rate hike is excessive, but they can only try to persuade or shame...
News Story
1/8/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Click here to listen to the audio broadcast of this news segment. SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Jamie Court is president of Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit organization that has launched an initiative drive to give state regulators the power to approve or reject health insurance rate hikes. Over the past decade, while inflation has risen 29 percent...
News Release
1/4/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance premiums for California families rose 153% since 2002, more than five times the 29% increase in the rate of inflation, according to a new survey released Wednesday. “A 153% increase in health insurance premiums in just 10 years is unbearable and the fact that premiums have risen five times the rate...