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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...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
City hospital executive says lobbyists help preserve government funding San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spared the city's Public Health Department from cuts in his latest budget proposal, which benefited not just health care consumers, but also a lobbying group that consumer advocates say works against them. According to memos obtained by The...
News Story
6/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposed increases of more than 10% in small-business health insurance rates that are going into effect in July or August have drawn scrutiny from state regulators. Some California health insurers are proposing to raise small-business rates more than 10% next month, drawing scrutiny from state regulators. Aetna Inc., which drew the ire of...
News Release
6/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be justified. A pending ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to...
News Release
6/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...
News Release
6/2/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...
News Story
6/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross owes some California policyholders nearly $40 million in rebates and nonprofit rival Blue Shield of California owes about $11 million under a requirement of the federal healthcare law. Nationwide, insurers had to notify federal and state officials by Friday of how much they owe customers if the companies failed to spend a...
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
5/25/2012
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...