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News Story
8/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Trump administration’s decision to give health insurers until Sept. 5 to file their 2018 rates will not have an effect in California. That is because California insurers have already announced plans to raise rates an average of 12.5 percent next year. But premiums could go up even more, depending on what President Trump decides to do...
News Story
8/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Depending on how things go in a scheduled Aug. 23 state Senate confirmation hearing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest choice for a seat on the powerful state Public Utilities Commission, many millions of consumers could face both health risks and higher-than-necessary electric, gas and water bills for the next six years. That’s the length...
News Story
11/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge ruled Tuesday against a restraining order that would have stopped Anthem Blue Cross from switching 500,000 Californians to health insurance plans offering no coverage for out-of-network care. A consumer group had asked the judge for the restraining order after Anthem sent notices saying customers would be automatically switched into plans...
News Story
11/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group has asked a judge to immediately stop Anthem Blue Cross from switching 500,000 Californians to health plans offering no coverage for out-of-network care. The dispute is over a change Anthem made to its 2017 plans known as preferred provider organizations, or PPOs, throughout much of the state.     In court papers...
News Story
11/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To hold down premiums, the insurer switched to policies with no out-of-network benefits.   Several weeks ago, thick envelopes from Anthem Blue Cross stuffed with 21 pages of text landed in the mailboxes of thousands of the company's California customers. The cover letter indicated right at the top that their premiums were going up, and...
News Release
11/1/2016
Posted by Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates announced a lawsuit today to block Anthem from terminating its individual PPO health plans in California currently scheduled for January 1, 2017. Anthem Blue Cross is claiming to ‘renew’ coverage for 2017 when in fact it is not adequately informing consumers that the new plans provide no...
News Story
9/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. On the September 6th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the rising cost of healthcare and health insurance in California. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has announced that in 2017, premiums will rise by an average of 13 percent. That’s...
News Story
8/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In an increase that a watchdog contends could push people to drop health insurance, next year's premiums in the Covered California marketplace are expected to rise an average of 15.8 percent in Ventura County. The weighted rate increase, which also affects Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, rises above the projected average hike of 13...
News Story
8/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview. "There is no active legislation on this topic," Nicole Kasabian Evans, spokeswoman for...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The two largest insurers in the Covered California health insurance exchange are jacking up their monthly premiums by 17 and 20 percent next year. The news was appalling, but it should not have been surprising. And all of us should remember that there is nothing we can do about that, even though we once had a chance to place controls over those...