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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Story
9/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
"It's going to end up hurting Californians," a lawyer warned last month, during a Covered California board meeting. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Was Kennedy talking about the Halbig lawsuit, which threatens the legality of Obamacare...
News Story
9/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.     Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for...
News Story
9/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The fight over Proposition 45 is shaping up to be a contest between insurance companies and consumer advocates. And so far, insurance companies have the upper hand. Proposition 45 opponents, led by the California Association of Health Plans and major health insurers like Anthem...
News Story
9/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Tolstoy's line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he'd make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the...
News Release
9/4/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that a one-minute radio advertisement released by health insurance companies opposed to Prop 45's health insurance rate regulation provisions fraudulently misrepresents the advertisement’s backers, the ballot measure, and the current state of the law governing regulation of health...
News Story
9/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of a ballot initiative that would give the state government regulatory authority over health insurance premium rates are spending nearly $38 million on efforts to defeat the measure, the Center for Public Integrity reports (Potter, Center for Public Integrity, 9/2). The measure will appear on the state's Nov. 4 ballot (Overland,...
News Story
9/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums. The ads are a part of a multipronged, multimillion-dollar campaign -- developed by public relations, advertising firms and political consultants for the...
News Story
8/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.   Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for health...
News Story
8/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As a California state lawmaker, Dave Jones sponsored four bills that would have given insurance regulators authority to reject health-plan rate hikes, as they can in 35 other states. None became law. Now that he’s California’s state insurance commissioner, and running for a second term, Jones wants California voters to grant him that...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they...