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Video
7/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog's executive director Carmen Balber discusses the current state of health insurance in California, touching on the proposed mega-mergers and why they're bad for consumers, as well as Covered California's announced rate hikes and why they can't be stopped currently.
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today...
Video
7/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today increased an average 4 percent...
News Story
7/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Two new health insurers are poised to join California's market for Obamacare coverage — industry giant UnitedHealth and a New York start-up named Oscar. Many consumers may welcome the new choices starting next year and the prospect that increased competition helps hold down premiums. The lack of more health plans to choose from has been...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s good to be king. As long as shareholders are happy, ratepayers continue to scramble to keep their health insurance. What’s to stop insurers? Nothing in California, that’s for sure. Anthem announced today that its first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent. It earned $865.2 million in the quarter, more than $160 million than it...
News Story
3/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Time’s up, Obamacare. Ready for your grades? After six months, the first enrollment season is coming to an end. So it’s time to take stock, with POLITICO’s report card that covers the highs and lows of the rollout. If you’re a supporter of the law, you might be cringing right now — you know the areas where the grade...
News Story
3/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Dawn and Nick LaPolla of Fair Oaks are solidly middle class, and they aren’t uninsured. Yet their required switch to a new health insurance plan under federal changes puts them at a financial crossroads. If they earn less than $94,200 a year, the family of four’s preferred plan through the California health exchange would cost about $...
News Story
12/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The drum beat pulses as loud as a heavy-metal band. The chiropractor who expects her premiums to rise, the 60s-something company manager who has to pay for maternity coverage, the Simi Valley contractor and many others who make at least $46,000 a year - they all pound away at the same rhythm. They say the middle class is once again getting...
Video
10/30/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Hundreds of thousands of Californians are having issues with Obamacare. Many are learning that the new program does not allow them to keep the insurance they already have, leaving some with no insurance at all. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Westchester for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.
News Story
10/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view the news broadcast of this story. LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many people are getting hit with cancellation notices because their existing health care policies don't quality under the new health care law. "I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner...