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10/23/2014
By Sharon Chen, FOX TV-5 San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO – A giant stink bomb was dropped outside the San Diego offices of Blue Shield Thursday by supporters of Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would require health insurance companies to disclose rate changes publically. A consumer “watchdog” group dumped a wheelbarrow-full of manure on the front door of Blue Shield...
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10/23/2014
By Philip Elliott, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their...
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10/23/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
On Wednesday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) called Anthem Blue Cross' premium increase for small business health plans "excessive," the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/22). Jones' office can review rate filings, but it does not have the authority to reject them. The 9.8...
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10/22/2014
By Alexei Koseff, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
California ballot measure campaigns have raised more than $83 million since Aug. 1, and each of the six proposition races now features a deeply lopsided financial fight heading into the final weeks before Election Day. Most askew is the campaign for Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet measures, Propositions 1 and 2, which would approve a $7.5 billion...
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10/22/2014
By Victoria Colliver, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday accused Anthem Blue Cross of imposing “excessive” rate hikes on 120,000 customers covered by the company’s small-business policies. The announcement gave Jones another opportunity to urge voters less than two weeks before the November general election to vote for...
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10/22/2014
By Chris Rauber , SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
With Election Day less than two weeks away, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones blasted Anthem Blue Cross for what he deemed an "unreasonable" rate increase for a small sub-set of its business. Jones described the 9.8 percent boost in rates for roughly 120,000 small-group enrollees as the fourth consecutive rate increase by the Thousand...
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10/22/2014
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage. Dave Jones, the state's elected insurance commissioner, said Anthem had failed to justify its 10% average rate increase and...
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10/21/2014
By Doug Sovern, KCBS 740 AM San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— California may not have the hotly contested, high-profile races for U.S. Senator or governor that some other states do this year, but it’s still attracting some of the biggest campaign spending in the country. To many voters, this is kind of a sleepy campaign season, but there’s still close to $200 million...
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10/20/2014
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California insurers have pumped more than $12 million over the last five days into a campaign to defeat Proposition 45, an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would regulate health insurance rates. Blue Shield gave $2.66 million, WellPoint $6 million, Kaiser Permanente $3.73 million and Health Net $350,000, according to late filings at the...
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10/19/2014
By Thomas Elias, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
It's almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month's ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials. But two other propositions are almost equally deserving of yes votes, Propositions 45 and 48....