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2/1/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Another double-digit rate hike takes effect tomorrow for 730,000 Californians with Anthem Blue Cross health insurance. The increase of up to 26% is the third or fourth rate hike in just two years for many Anthem customers, who have seen prices explode and benefits shrink in the last few years, said Consumer Watchdog. An...
News Release
11/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross could owe big refund checks to 730,000 Californians if its proposed rate hikes of up to 25% are deemed excessive thanks to an initiative voters will consider on the 2014 ballot. The ballot measure requires health insurance companies to get approval before raising rates and allows that refunds be ordered...
News Release
8/27/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
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 Release
8/23/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
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 Release
6/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The ballot measure to require health insurance companies to get approval before raising their rates narrowly missed qualifying for November’s ballot by Thursday’s deadline, receiving 109% of the signatures necessary to qualify on a random sample verification rather than the required 110%. Elections officials...
News Release
6/21/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...
News Release
6/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be justified. A pending ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to...
News Release
6/11/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance companies...
News Release
6/1/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...
News Release
5/23/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The announcement that Blue Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken will retire at the end of this year comes as insurance companies face the prospect of new rules to curb health insurance company excesses, said Consumer Watchdog. The group has sharply criticized Bodaken for keeping his CEO pay -- which reached $4.6 million in 2010 -- secret...