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News Release
6/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be justified. A pending ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to...
News Story
6/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The California insurance commissioners should be able to regulate health insurers’ rate increases, including the up to 24% hike insurers plan for small businesses in July and August, according to a consumer advocacy group. Consumer Watchdog says a ballot initiative, which would give the insurance commissioner power to regulate insurers...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The stage is set for an immense political clash over regulation of health insurance with multibillion-dollar stakes and an impact on virtually every Californian. Consumer Watchdog battled insurers over regulation of auto and other personal insurance 24 years ago and won, claiming that it has saved consumers tens of billions of dollars since....
News Release
5/18/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA -- Patients who have suffered skyrocketing health insurance rates joined with the leaders of Consumer Watchdog Campaign to turn in more than 800,000 voter signatures for a ballot initiative requiring health insurance companies to open their books and justify rates, under penalty of perjury, before their rate increases take...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of an initiative that would give California regulators the power to regulate health insurance rates submitted 800,000 voter signatures on Friday in hopes of qualifying the measure for the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog called the initiative a "common sense proposal" to expand provisions of Proposition 103, which...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Several high-profile business names, such as San Francisco hedge-fund manager Thomas Steyer and agribusiness magnate Stewart Resnick, have contributed to a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, according to campaign finance records. These contributions were among $1.5 million in donations reported Monday...
Blog Post
4/19/2012
Posted by Laura Antonini
Lately, California’s auto insurers have been slipping unjustified service fees onto bills – even when policyholders don’t use the service. Take the “installment fee” or “finance charge” for example.  Nearly all the big auto insurance outfits in California -- Auto Club, GEICO, State Farm, Mercury,...
News Story
4/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Initiative would regulate health care To the woman who spends as much as $1,000 in a month on medical care and argues she saves money by not having insurance, the proposal makes sense. Force health insurance companies to gain government approval before they impose rate hikes on individuals or employers. "While they're at it, they...
News Release
4/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance has saved doctors and other medical providers $23 million in the last two months by reducing unjustified medical malpractice insurance premiums using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority.  California law prohibits excessive malpractice insurance premiums for...
News Release
4/4/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The rate increases are the second or third for most...