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News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Students with parents who have health insurance can now stay on their plans until they are 26, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But when young people strike out on their own as app developers, artists, therapists, graphic designers or any other kind of entrepreneur looking to buy their own insurance, they will discover California is still the...
News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
With just over a week until election day, backers of Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative, are finally putting ads on television. Though their opponents have used a $55-million campaign war chest to flood the airwaves, Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica activist group that put the measure on the ballot, only has $1...
News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday. Opponents of Proposition 45, led by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., Wellpoint Inc. and...
News Release
10/23/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
San Diego, CA – Health insurance policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association and consumer advocates supporting Proposition 45, which prohibits excessive rate increases, to deliver a pickup truck containing a ton of steer manure to Blue Shield’s San Diego offices. The Proposition 45 supporters said...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Wednesday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) called Anthem Blue Cross' premium increase for small business health plans "excessive," the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/22). Jones' office can review rate filings, but it does not have the authority to reject them. The 9.8%...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO – A giant stink bomb was dropped outside the San Diego offices of Blue Shield Thursday by supporters of Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would require health insurance companies to disclose rate changes publically. A consumer “watchdog” group dumped a wheelbarrow-full of manure on the front door of Blue Shield...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 45—Healthcare Insurance. Rate changes, initiative statute.  This initiative requires the State Insurance Commissioner to approve rates and policy changes set by health insurance providers before they can be passed on to consumers. It will exempt large employers, but applies to the...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --A new poll out shows Proposition 45 may be headed for defeat. Prop 45 would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to veto rate increases on health insurance, just as he can now for auto insurance. Currently, only 39 percent of voters say they'll vote for it. The proposition asks voters if they think the...
Video
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Michael Finney looks at the campaign for Prop 45 and how it is similar to the fight to pass Prop 103 back in the 80's.