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Feinstein wants to regulate health insurance rate hikes

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The health insurance overhaul Congress passed requires insurance companies to spend 85 percent of their budgets on medical care. But the law doesn’t give anyone the authority to call out companies if they steeply raise their rates. A new bill aims to put a Band-Aid over that particular owie.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Schakowsky, Maine Insurance Official Urge Strong Regulation of Health Insurance Premiums As Insurance Company Premiums and Profits Soar

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Maine Superintendent of Insurance Mila Kofman said strong regulation is necessary to prevent excessive rate hikes and hold down costs under federal health reform. They appeared at a Consumer Watchdog briefing on Capitol Hill today.

Consumer Groups Welcome 'Do Not Track' Privacy Push

Privacy and consumer groups welcomed a "Do Not Track" bill introduced in the US Senate that would let Internet users block companies from gathering information about their online activities.

The Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011 was introduced by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Nine States Appeal Federal Rule Limiting Health Insurers' Profits

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WASHINGTON — In a move that could absolve health insurers of paying more than $95 million in consumer rebates, nine states are pressing for relief from a federal rule limiting insurers' profits and administrative costs.

State regulators say they fear insurers would flee their markets and leave some individuals without coverage options if the rule isn't eased. But consumer groups say there's little evidence insurers would bail out.

Google Deflects PR Firm's Attack of Gmail Privacy

It’s not as if Google lacks privacy controversies to quell.

Yet Burson-Marsteller, a top-five public relations firm, is attempting to pile more on.

Burson last week stepped up a whisper campaign to get top-tier media outlets, including USA TODAY, to run news stes and editorials about how an obscure Google Gmail feature — Social Circle — ostensibly tramples the privacy of millions of Americans and violates federal fair trade rules.

New book explains why you can't trust Google

Nobody can doubt the pervasive influence Google has in our daily lives. For most people the Internet giant has become the primary gateway to the Web.

No doubt many of its services are useful, but what is the real impact of a company whose audacious mission is " to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful?"

Scott Cleland has been doing some serious thinking about Google.  His book, "Search & Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google Inc," is the result.

Audit Finds Concern About Family Ties in Hiring for California Teacher Credentialing Panel

The state agency that decides whether teachers are fit for California classrooms has a record of hiring workers with family ties.

Last year, the employee roster included two sets of siblings, one father-daughter pair, and three instances in which the child of an existing employee was hired temporarily as a student assistant.

Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Schakowsky, Maine insurance official and CW talk out-of-control health insurance rates

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Maine's top insurance regulator will join Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield at a Consumer Watchdog newsmaker briefing on Capitol Hill next Wednesday. Here are the details.


How Health Insurance Rate Regulation Can Lower Premiums and Save Health Reform

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

116 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC