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News Story
1/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and...
Blog Post
12/26/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Can you remember another year when consumers' voices have been heard so loudly? We're one step closer to fair health insurance rates: Consumer Watchdog Campaign qualified a ballot measure for the next California general election that forces health insurance companies to justify and get permission before raising rates, and also provides...
Blog Post
7/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog Hall of Famer Hilda Sarkisyan lost her 17-year-old daughter Nataline after their insurance company CIGNA refused to pay for a potentially life-saving transplant. CIGNA was able to deny the transplant with impunity because a federal law bars the Sarkisyans, or anyone who gets their insurance from a private employer, from...
Blog Post
7/3/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
One of the best consumer protections of the health reform law was a requirement that health insurance companies spend at least 80% to 85% of your premiums on actual health care, leaving 15% to 20% for overhead and those multimillion-dollar executive salaries. If companies don't meet this efficiency level, the they have to pay back some of...
Blog Post
6/21/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Just when consumers are finally getting a look at how health insurance companies conduct their business, the industry is racing to shut and lock the door. Buried deep in a "model law" for states to update health insurance regulation is a clause that would keep secret the companies' justification for  exorbitant rate increases...
Blog Post
5/31/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Thursday's reports that some Californians will get rebates on their health insurance premiums are a little bit of good news--but not nearly as good as it could be. An L.A. Times story reports that California small businesses and their employees who are insured by United Health Group will get rebates averaging $98 on last year's premiums...
News Story
5/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Frequent Rate Hikes Help Revenue Keep Up With Increasing Expenses Though health care costs continue to rise, profits at the seven big health plans that serve the Sacramento region remain slim, new state figures show. The companies together reported almost $86 billion in revenue from nearly 17 million Californians in 2011. But profit totaled...
Blog Post
5/3/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
This year's report from the Commonwealth Fund on the cost of U.S. health care compared to the rest of the developed world whould be a shock if we hadn't seen it over and over. We pay far more, and aren't healthier overall because of it. The report issued this week finds that the U.S. manages to spend $8,000 a year per person on...
News Release
4/27/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica and San Francisco --- Consumer advocates and patients facing May 1 rate increases delivered a blank check to health insurance companies representing the hundreds of millions more that one million Californians will pay for their insurance, today in Santa Monica and outside Anthem’s San Francisco offices. They called on voters...