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News Story
9/8/2014
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS 89.5 FM San Diego, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The fight over Proposition 45 is shaping up to be a contest between insurance companies and consumer advocates. And so far, insurance companies have the upper hand. Proposition 45 opponents, led by the California Association of Health Plans and major health insurers like Anthem...
News Story
9/6/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Tolstoy's line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he'd make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the...
News Release
9/4/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that a one-minute radio advertisement released by health insurance companies opposed to Prop 45's health insurance rate regulation provisions fraudulently misrepresents the advertisement’s backers, the ballot measure, and the current state of the law governing regulation of health...
News Release
7/31/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign said that the smaller than usual rate hikes announced by Covered California today are good news for consumers and resulted in part from the presence of Proposition 45 on the ballot, which would require health insurance companies to get state approval before raising rates as they must in 35 other...
News Release
7/30/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Rob Leonard
Santa Monica, CA --- The Proposition 45 campaign today said that WellPoint’s massive $731.1 million second quarter profit underscores the need for Proposition 45’s protections against health insurance price gouging. The profit report comes a day after the California Insurance Commissioner reported steep health insurance rate hikes for...
News Story
4/7/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTON POST
Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are. When I read WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish comments in Modern Healthcare that, there will "undoubtedly be...
News Story
4/7/2014
By Alison Vekshin, BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
WellPoint Inc. (WLP:US), the second-largest U.S. health insurer, is leading companies that have poured $13.4 million into defeating a ballot initiative that would give California regulators the power to reject increases in health policy premiums. WellPoint, based in Indianapolis, gave $12.5 million and its Anthem Blue Cross unit gave $270,000...
News Story
4/7/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTON POST POLITICS BLOG
Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are. When I read WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish comments in Modern Healthcare that, there will "undoubtedly be...
News Release
3/26/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Health insurance giant WellPoint this week threatened “double-digit plus” rate hikes next year, but won’t get away with unjustified increases if voters approve a California ballot measure to increase health insurance rate transparency and accountability this November, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign....
News Release
4/4/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...