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1/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Reporter Randy Paige talks with Consumer Watchdog's Jerry Flanagan about what consumers should know about the coming battle over changes with the Affordable Care Act.
News Story
11/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To hold down premiums, the insurer switched to policies with no out-of-network benefits.   Several weeks ago, thick envelopes from Anthem Blue Cross stuffed with 21 pages of text landed in the mailboxes of thousands of the company's California customers. The cover letter indicated right at the top that their premiums were going up, and...
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11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians.
News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Urging people to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said last week that while premiums might be rising, most consumers need not worry. "Premiums going up," he said, "don't necessarily translate into higher premiums for people who are getting tax credits." Federal...
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9/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. On the September 6th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the rising cost of healthcare and health insurance in California. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has announced that in 2017, premiums will rise by an average of 13 percent. That’s...
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8/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In an increase that a watchdog contends could push people to drop health insurance, next year's premiums in the Covered California marketplace are expected to rise an average of 15.8 percent in Ventura County. The weighted rate increase, which also affects Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, rises above the projected average hike of 13...
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8/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview. "There is no active legislation on this topic," Nicole Kasabian Evans, spokeswoman for...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The two largest insurers in the Covered California health insurance exchange are jacking up their monthly premiums by 17 and 20 percent next year. The news was appalling, but it should not have been surprising. And all of us should remember that there is nothing we can do about that, even though we once had a chance to place controls over those...
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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 Story
7/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California's insurance marketplace carriers will raise rates in 2017; Covered California rates to jump average of 13 percent in 2017   After two years of moderate rate increases, Californians who get their coverage through the state health insurance marketplace will see their 2017 premiums increase by an average of 13.2 percent. That...