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News Story
10/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The federal official in charge of health insurance shopping malls, which open Tuesday under President Obama’s health care law, has been challenging conventional wisdom since he came to Washington from California three and a half years ago. The official, Gary M. Cohen, is at the center of the furor over the health care law...
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8/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says there is too much secrecy in the Affordable Care Act contract process. He is supportng legislation that would reduce the secrecy. He also talks to NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial "MICRA" CAP.
News Story
6/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
As part of what advocates call the “next step” of the Affordable Care Act, California voters will consider an initiative next year that will empower regulators and consumer advocates to challenge health insurance premium rate hikes. Though healthcare reform, better known these days as Obamacare, gives the government the ability to...
News Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group is criticizing premium rates in California's health insurance exchange for being too high, the Los Angeles Times reports (Terhune [1], Los Angeles Times, 6/12). Background The exchange -- named Covered California -- primarily will serve individuals and small businesses. Supporters hope the exchange will function...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama singled out California last week for getting better-than-expected rates in its rollout of the health insurance overhaul for millions of consumers. Yet some Obamacare supporters say those premiums are still too high, and they are continuing to push for a California ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates. Last month,...
News Story
4/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has irritated the insurance industry and surprised public-policy analysts by hiring Consumer Watchdog, a vocal insurance industry critic, to assist in reviewing health insurance rate increases, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a one-year contract worth up to $88,000, Consumer Watchdog will supplement...
News Release
4/4/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...
News Release
4/2/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –Anthem Blue Cross is again imposing an unreasonable rate increase on its small business customers, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company will not budge on this excessive rate hike. Working with an independent actuary, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog analyzed the data...
News Story
3/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate increases are unreasonable: Stuff it, Dave. That essentially was the response of Blue...
News Story
3/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
"There you go again." That famous phrase was uttered in a debate by presidential candidate Ronald Reagan in response to his perceptions of incumbent Jimmy Carter's mischaracterizations. More than 30 years later, it can just as easily be applied to the latest round of health insurance increases by California companies. Once again,...