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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Release
6/23/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Consumer Watchdog said that residents of every other state now have access...
News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- As millions of Americans nervously await the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the health care law -- whether or not federal subsidies are legal in 34 states that don't run their own insurance exchanges -- California's newly insured can breathe a bit easier. Even if the court rules in favor of the...
News Story
6/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A searing review of Medi-Cal managed care provider directories released Tuesday by the California State Auditor found numerous inaccuracies ranging from incorrect phone numbers of doctors to listings of providers who no longer were participating in the health plans. Telephone calls from thousands of frustrated consumers also have gone unanswered...
News Story
6/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California is facing more questions over its loss of tax-exempt status as it tries to win state approval of a $1.2-billion acquisition. A former Blue Shield executive is accusing the San Francisco insurer of giving contradictory answers to state officials about its corporate structure. And consumer advocates...
News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A single dose of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam — the generic version of Ativan — will run you about 14 cents at Safeway or Target. At Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, the same pill goes for nearly $2,000. At least that's the impression Laurie Leigh came away with after being so overcome with grief when her 90-year-old...
News Release
6/2/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- A Kaiser Family Foundation survey showing that 44 percent of Covered California policyholders have difficulty paying health insurance premiums is yet more evidence that California needs health insurance rate regulation, Consumer Watchdog said today. In addition to cost hardships for those currently insured, more than 40 percent...
News Release
5/21/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has failed to effectively implement its mandate to help enrollees register to vote, and should restore voter registration funding that has been cut completely in the proposed budget it will consider today, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to executive director Peter Lee and the Board. According to data...
News Story
5/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy organization has launched a campaign to get state officials to explain why they revoked Blue Shield of California's tax-exempt not-for-profit status last year. Consumer Watchdog also wants the state to explain why Californians didn't learn of the decision for seven months. The California Franchise Tax Board decided in...
News Release
5/13/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- The state’s tax board must make public an audit and other records related to its historic decision to revoke Blue Shield of California’s tax-exempt status, according to letters sent today by Consumer Watchdog. Millions purchased health plans late last year believing Blue Shield was a "non-profit." Download...
News Story
4/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Cigna has been violating the Affordable Care Act and discriminating against its members with HIV/AIDS by requiring those individuals to get medications from its mail-order pharmacy, according to a class action lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog. Filed in federal court in Florida, the lawsuit claims that mailing HIV/AIDS drugs violates patient...