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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Release
4/23/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA –Health insurance giants Kaiser, Blue Shield, Wellpoint/Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, United Health and the California Association of Health Plans have now given over $25 million of policyholder money, including nearly $12 million this month, to the campaign against a November 2014 ballot measure that will prevent...
News Story
4/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Good Friday was a good day for opponents of a ballot initiative to regulate health insurance prices. The coalition of doctors, hospitals and insurance companies last week reported collecting nearly $24 million from Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Half of the money was listed as loans to the campaign. The contributions...
News Story
4/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Before Californians have a chance to vote in November on a controversial ballot measure to regulate health insurance rate hikes they will be bombarded by advertising and media campaigns on both sides of the issue. Television and print blitzes are expected to begin at the end of June after the Secretary of State assigns numbers to propositions on...
News Story
4/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are. When I read WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish comments in Modern Healthcare that, there will "undoubtedly be...
News Story
4/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WellPoint Inc. (WLP:US), the second-largest U.S. health insurer, is leading companies that have poured $13.4 million into defeating a ballot initiative that would give California regulators the power to reject increases in health policy premiums. WellPoint, based in Indianapolis, gave $12.5 million and its Anthem Blue Cross unit gave $270,000...
News Release
3/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Health insurance giant WellPoint this week threatened “double-digit plus” rate hikes next year, but won’t get away with unjustified increases if voters approve a California ballot measure to increase health insurance rate transparency and accountability this November, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign....
News Story
3/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
With two weeks left to sign up for coverage, California's health insurance exchange announced Monday it has surged past a major milestone -- 1 million enrollments -- well ahead of its March 31 goal. And a new report suggests what may be the biggest motivator for people when they are choosing a new health plan: cost. Insurers like Blue Shield...
News Story
3/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Dawn and Nick LaPolla of Fair Oaks are solidly middle class, and they aren’t uninsured. Yet their required switch to a new health insurance plan under federal changes puts them at a financial crossroads. If they earn less than $94,200 a year, the family of four’s preferred plan through the California health exchange would cost about $...
News Story
2/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Advocates and opponents of California's Proposition 103 are debating whether it has helped consumers 25 years after its passage. Some say the debate is being used to sway voters who will determine whether measures similar to Proposition 103 should be applied to health insurance in the state this fall. Passed in 1988, the...
News Story
2/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
For millions, subsidies don't kick in until up to 9.5% of their income goes to premiums. The lure used to get uninsured Americans to sign up for health law coverage was the promise of generous premium subsidies. The promise comes with a catch for almost 3 million people earning three to four times the federal poverty rate: They may have to pay...