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News Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
A consumer advocacy group is criticizing premium rates in California's health insurance exchange for being too high, the Los Angeles Times reports (Terhune [1], Los Angeles Times, 6/12). Background The exchange -- named Covered California -- primarily will serve individuals and small businesses. Supporters hope the exchange will function...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
President Obama singled out California last week for getting better-than-expected rates in its rollout of the health insurance overhaul for millions of consumers. Yet some Obamacare supporters say those premiums are still too high, and they are continuing to push for a California ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates. Last month,...
News Release
3/7/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield of California will impose an unreasonable rate hike as high as 19.9% on 268,000 Californians because the state’s insurance commissioner does not have the power to reject unjustified health insurance premiums. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced...
News Story
3/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The commissioner's enlistment of Consumer Watchdog to help review health rates raises eyebrows. Callifornia Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones lashed out Tuesday at another double-digit rate hike for thousands of small businesses getting their health insurance from industry giant Anthem Blue Cross. But this time Jones got some help from a...
News Release
8/27/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Data released today by the Secretary of State shows a ballot measure to require health insurance companies to publicly justify rate increases should have been on the ballot this November, but was unnecessarily delayed to 2014 due to a flawed signature verification process, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign. The measure...
News Story
8/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Let the battle begin, again. One of the most contentious health-related bills before the Legislature in the past two years was a proposal to regulate health insurance rates, AB 52 by Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles). After it failed to clear the Legislature in September last year, a consumer rights organization decided to take the baton...
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 Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative that would bring health insurance rate regulation to California has qualified for the November 2014 ballot, setting the stage for a vigorous and costly battle between insurers and consumer groups. The measure, sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, would give the state insurance commissioner the power to deny certain premium increases if...
News Release
8/23/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The California Secretary of State announced today that a ballot initiative to require health insurance companies to publicly justify and get approval for rate increases before they take effect has qualified for the 2014 ballot. The Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act made the ballot after county...
News Story
6/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of greater state regulation of premiums fail to gather enough signatures to put it before voters in the presidential election. They still hope to get it on the November 2014 ballot. A proposed voter initiative to require greater regulation of health insurance premiums in California has failed to qualify for the November ballot,...