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News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Tamara Kaplan loves to travel. Her home in University Heights is filled with tokens of her many trips. She brought some distinctive figurines back from one her recent sojourns. Credit: Nic McVicker Tamara Kaplan is a University Heights resident who pays about one-third of her income for health insurance. “And I just thought they...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45 would extend the regulatory power that Proposition 103 gave the state Insurance Commissioner over property and casualty coverage to a new branch of the insurance market: the health policies sold to individuals and small groups. So it's no surprise that the Proposition 45 campaign would turn into a reprise of 1988's battle...
Video
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association, consumer advocates and other supporters of Proposition 45’s rate relief measure to deliver a pickup truck of steer manure to Blue Shield’s offices. The Proposition 45 supporters said they were simply returning some of the same material that the...
Video
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association, consumer advocates and other supporters of Proposition 45’s rate relief measure to deliver a pickup truck of steer manure to Blue Shield’s offices. The Proposition 45 supporters said they were simply returning some of the same material that the...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Photo: Jo Kwon A pickup truck packed with poop has been hand-delivered to Blue Shield in El Segundo. The delivery was from a group that supports Proposition 45. If passed, the state insurance commissioner would have to approve insurance rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog’s Cody Rosenfield was deep in the dung and volunteered to shovel the...
News Story
10/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
  FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, talks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Long before it opened its doors to the public last fall, California's health insurance exchange awarded a small contract to a business consultant...
News Release
10/13/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to the Associated Press’s disclosure of unusual no-bid contracts between California’s insurance exchange Covered California and well-connected insurance executives, Consumer Watchdog called upon the Attorney General of California to launch an independent investigation of various contracts at the agency...
Article
10/12/2014
Posted by Rob Leonard
“Premiums for our company have gone up 37% since 2010, and our yearly health insurance dread just came in for 2015: HMO premiums up 7% and PPO up 9%. We can’t afford this. I don’t know what to do.” Diana Guth, BA, RRT Owner, Home Respiratory Care Sleep Solutions   As a Registered Respiratory Therapist and the...
News Release
10/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Public challenges to insurance rate requests have saved consumers $3.063 billion on auto, homeowners and medical malpractice policies over the last 12 years, demonstrating the potential savings under Prop 45 which applies the same limits on health insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog said today. Proposition 45 on the...
News Story
10/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California's initiative process can shine a bright light on how money and influence work their magic in American politics. Unlike in the legislature, there are no back rooms where favors can be traded; everything's got to be done in public — campaign contributions are subject to public disclosure, and what you see in campaign...