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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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7/29/2014
By Stuart Pfeifer, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Californians paid 22% to 88% more for individual health coverage this year than last, commissioner says The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state's insurance commissioner said. But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones predicted that insurers...
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7/29/2014
By Kathy Robertson, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
In a pre-emptive strike against what are expected to be lower-than-expected health plan rates for 2015, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones took to the bully pulpit Tuesday to rail against rate hikes in 2014 as well as rally support for a rate regulation initiative on the November ballot. Average rate increases this year were between 22...
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7/29/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. The former Democratic lawmaker has spent years working to give elected commissioners regulatory...
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7/27/2014
By Julie Appleby, KAISER HEALTH NEWS - THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS
Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live thousands of miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won't take their insurance now, even though they haven't changed insurers. "They said, 'We take the old plan, but not the new one,'" says Perez, an attorney in Palo Alto, Calif. In Plymouth, Ind...
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7/25/2014
By Richard Adhikari, TECHNEWSWORLD.COm
Google intends to use its powerful algorithms and analytics in the service of a science project to unlock the mystery of what constitutes human health at the baseline level. That is, what is the state of a person's molecular chemistry long before what we recognize as disease kicks in? To achieve that knowledge, Google intends to study the...
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7/25/2014
By Thomas D. Elias, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.     This will change in a month or so, when the campaign gets underway...
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7/24/2014
By Susan Abram, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
Nearly 500,000 consumers across California will receive a piece of a $12 million refund from health insurance companies this summer as part of a provision under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. Called the 80/20 rule or Medical Loss Ratio Rule the provision requires insurance companies to...
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7/24/2014
By Ron Leuty, SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
In the wake of the former president of California's stem cell research funding agency jumping to the board of a company the agency funded, his successor declared he will not accept a job with any company funded by the agency within a year of leaving the post or accept gifts or travel from any company, institution or individual that receives...
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7/24/2014
By Bradley J. Fikes, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Responding to his predecessor's ethically controversial departure, the president and chief executive of California's stem cell agency said Thursday he is taking legal steps to minimize conflicts of interests with those who have business before the agency. C. Randal Mills said he will not take a job with any company funded by the...
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7/24/2014
By Rebecca Borison, BUSINESS INSIDER
Google, Apple, and all the other tech giants have a vested interest in many of the decisions coming out of Washington, DC. Whether it's how immigration policy will affect the pool of talent HR can pick from, or laws on data and privacy, the rulings coming out of the Capitol can have a huge impact on the tech world. And so it shouldn't come...