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News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
After taking heat for proposing to raise insurance rates as high as 39 percent, Anthem Blue Cross proposed rates Wednesday that would raise health premiums by an average of 14 percent and as much as 20 percent for thousands of California consumers. The Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County) health insurer, which had withdrawn its previous proposal...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Facing continued scrutiny over rising premiums, Anthem Blue Cross on Wednesday submitted revised rate increases that are substantially lower than the controversial rate hikes it proposed six months ago. But it wasn't enough to appease consumer health advocates, who said the average increase of 14 percent remained too high for 700,000 Californians...
News Release
6/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Says Average 15% Rate Could Still be Excessive Under Proposed ‘Prior Review’ Rate Regulations Santa Monica, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross of California, under fire for substantial math errors in its proposed health premium increases averaging 25%, has made the minimum possible reduction in reissuing its proposed increases,...
News Story
6/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer group warned in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that health insurers “cannot be trusted” when lobbying over provisions of the new federal health reform law. Consumer Watchdog, which bills itself as a nonpartisan group, said investigations into California rate increases sought by...
News Release
6/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Letter to HHS Chief Sebelius Cites Lobbying, Legal Tactics of Insurers, and Premium Inflation by Wellpoint, Aetna in Advance of New Regulations Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to turn back health insurance industry lobbying against a chief early benefit of the new health reform...
News Story
6/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of the broadcast. A measure that would require health insurers to get prior approval before raising rates continues to advance in the state legislature. Supporters say consumers need some protection from sky high insurance costs. Under the bill, health insurers would have to submit all requests for higher...
News Story
6/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Department of Insurance said it found "substantial mathematical errors" in the rate filings submitted by Aetna, which had planned to raise premiums by an average of 19 percent on 65,000 Californians who buy insurance on their own. As a result of the latest errors, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said he would "take the...
News Story
6/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The health insurer pulled back after multiple math errors in its paperwork were found by its own staff and by an independent consultant working for California. A second insurance company in California has killed plans for double-digit rate hikes for individual policyholders because of errors in its filing that would have inflated premiums, state...
Blog Post
6/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It was nice of the New York Times to print a story on the fast rise of health insurance premiums nationwide, just a day before President Obama's meeting with health insurance executives about rising premiums. The president needs all the help he can get, since the final health reform law gives government exactly zero power to control insurance...
Blog Post
6/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthem Blue Cross just sent out the warmest, fuzziest letter to policyholders, touting the generous, caring steps it is taking since the health reform bill passed. It made me gag. The first thing the letter brags about--that Blue Cross won't cancel your policy when you get sick--is what it is being forced to do after ruining the lives of seriously...