Consumer Watchdog Campaign Begins Battle for Rate Regulation in the Health Insurance Industry
By Patt Morrison, KPCC 89.3 FM PASADENA, CA
Health care reform protest at Blue Shield of California, October, 2009.
Hey, Californians – have you noticed that your health care rates have increased since the Affordable Care Act went into effect? Some consumer groups are worried that the trend will continue and grow more drastic. Current state law allows health insurance companies to set their own rates without outside regulation, unlike auto insurers, who must submit their rates to Rate Filing Bureaus for approval, required since Proposition 103 passed in 1988. Now the Consumer Watchdog Campaign, the organization responsible for Proposition 103, is trying to get a new initiative on 2012’s ballot, requiring that health care providers “justify their rates” to an independent Insurance Commissioner. Consumer Watchdog volunteers will hit the supermarkets, street corners, and your inbox as they seek out the 505,000 signatures necessary to make the ballot.
Are you worried about your insurance rates? If health insurance companies are curtailed from raising their rates, would we see a cut in services?
Harvey Rosenfield, author of prop 103 for insurance reform and chair of Consumer Watchdog’s Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act
Dr. Paul Phinney, president-elect, California Medical Association
1/29/2016News ReleaseSanta Monica, CA -- Chevron's US refining profits soared to their highest ever in 2015, thanks to California drivers who paid... More >
2/2/2016News ReleaseSanta Monica, CA -- Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for... More >
2/8/2016News ReleaseConsumer Watchdog Report Finds Oil Refiners Rigged Imports and Exports To Inflate CA Gas Prices In 2015Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil... More >
3/24/2016News ReleaseFPPC Opens Investigation Into Governor’s Top Aide For Failure To Disclose Timing of Stock Sales In PG&ESanta Monica, CA -- Following an ethics complaint filed by Consumer Watchdog against the Governor’s top aide, the Fair... More >
4/22/2016News ReleaseConsumer Watchdog Calls For Sunlight On Big Oil Refiners To Avert CA Gasoline Price Spikes; State Energy Commission Panel To Make Recommendations On Transparency For RefinersSacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog told a state panel looking into gasoline price manipulation today that a handful of big oil... More >