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News Release
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is scheduled to vote Thursday on regulations governing the law's medical-loss ratio, which requires insurers to spend 80 percent to 85 percent of premiums on medical spending or activities that improve care. Liberals by and large approve of the regulations that have been adopted by several...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In years past, a profit result like United HealthCare's 26% increase in the third quarter would spike the stock price. Not so on Tuesday, because investors are worried that insurance companies' profit rocket will slow down next year as health reform requirements kick in. That, in a nutshell, is why the insurance industry is spending tens of...
News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Obama should forbid premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law. Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big...
News Story
10/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. Now that health care reform has begun its incremental changes to how health insurers can operate, some companies are demanding waivers exempting them from providing compensation to policy holders.  Consumer Watchdog is calling for the rejection of these requests and site the case of Dana...
Blog Post
10/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The passage of a law means nothing to the lobbying industry. It only means refocusing on regulators, and if that fails, changing the law that was passed. Lobbyists for health insurance brokers are in the middle stage: demanding that the White House protect their big sales commissions--up to 20s on each policy-- by crippling a key part of the law....
News Story
10/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Congress is out and so is the federal government, but several recent developments will have repercussions on healthcare policy-making today. The Department of Health and Human Services is facing pressure from all sides as it decides who should get waivers from new mandates of the healthcare reform law. HHS ignited a firestorm of controversy over...
News Release
10/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
News Story
10/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
At first blush, the mandate in the new health-care law sounds simple: Starting next year, health insurers must use at least 80 to 85 percent of the premium dollars they collect to pay medical bills or otherwise improve their customers' health. But deciding which expenses insurers can include has been proving a monumental and controversial task for...