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News Story
12/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are urging the Department of Managed Health Care to "use its full authority to impose comprehensive requirements to protect consumers before allowing the merger between Centene and Health Net to move forward." Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the regulator last week, detailing several safeguards the group would...
News Story
12/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of nine consumer advocacy and union groups are urging Florida regulators to think twice about approving big health mergers they say will reduce competition and consumer choice and could lead to higher premiums in counties including Palm Beach. For example, combining Aetna and Humana “would give the combined entity over half of...
News Release
12/16/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned consumers shopping for health plans or thinking about switching plans of five significant challenges to quality care.  Consumers are currently in the process of enrolling in new health coverage or switching plans for 2016. Consumer Watchdog offered tips to help avoid these consumer pitfalls...
News Release
12/14/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its full authority over the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to enact safeguards to ensure plans are not cancelled, benefits are not reduced and consumers do not bear the cost of the merger. In a letter to DMHC, Consumer Watchdog wrote that...
News Story
11/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The latest turmoil in health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act has emboldened advocates on both sides of the political spectrum, providing ammunition to conservatives who want to shrink the federal role and liberals who want to expand it. UnitedHealth Group rattled federal officials when it announced last...
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
11/9/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Sacramento, CA -- New regulations proposed by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) will help address dramatic shortfalls in the availability of doctors and hospitals under Obamacare health plans, Consumer Watchdog will testify in Sacramento today. Yet changes to the regulations are necessary to provide public disclosure and...
News Story
11/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance consumers worry about skinny networks of doctors, money they may need to pull out of their pockets, and rising tax penalties faced by the uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said they should focus more on a patient from the Pomona area. He underwent emergency heart surgery and then obtained coverage...
News Story
10/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle a pair of class action lawsuits challenging mid-year changes it made to customers’ deductibles in 2011, a consumer advocacy group announced Tuesday. The health insurer has also agreed not to make similar changes in the future, unless new laws or regulations specifically...
News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to stop making mid-year changes that raise out-of-pocket costs for individual consumers -- and to refund $8.3 million to people who paid them in 2011. Announced Tuesday, the agreement settles a class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court that alleged breach of contract and unfair business practices that reduced...