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News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians who buy coverage through the state's health insurance exchange better get ready for a dose of sticker shock: Average premiums next year will shoot up more than 13 percent statewide -- and could even double that in some parts of Northern California. While consumers are growing weary about the rising costs of health care and...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year. The Covered California exchange had won plaudits by negotiating 4 percent average rate increases in its first two years. But that feat couldn’t be repeated for 2017, as overall...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
remiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had boasted that the program helped insure...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
For the first time since launching three years ago, Covered California – the state’s health insurance marketplace– announced double-digit rate increases, averaging 13.2 percent for 2017. Tuesday’s announcement came as California consumers were encouraged to “shop around” for cheaper coverage under the federal...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento, CA -- Monthly premiums in California's health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year, after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday. The increases are significantly higher than the 4 percent hikes in each of the last two years. They come as many other states...
News Release
1/5/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times survey showing that one-in-five working-age Americans ran into serious financial difficulties trying to pay medical bills despite being insured is yet more evidence that California needs health insurance rate regulation, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the survey, 62% of those who...
News Story
11/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Nov. 15--Marin health officials say the number of uninsured residents in the county is dwindling as the Affordable Care Act's third open-enrollment season begins this month. But consumer advocates say medical insurance customers face an uphill battle when trying to figure out which plan is the best buy for them. They say insurance costs,...
News Release
10/28/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem’s announcement of increased third quarter profits is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why consumers need protections against unreasonable and unjustified rate hikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. The advocacy group announced that it has endorsed legislation by Sen....
News Release
10/15/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price spikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. California Department of Insurance...
Video
10/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s president addresses challenges for consumers from health care reform.