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News Story
10/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage. Dave Jones, the state's elected insurance commissioner, said Anthem had failed to justify its 10% average rate increase and...
News Release
10/22/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes. Proposition 45, which gives the elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rates, is being opposed by $55...
News Story
10/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Four California insurers have contributed a total of more than $12 million over five days to efforts to defeat a November ballot initiative related to health insurance rate regulation, the Los Angeles Times reports (Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, 10/20). Proposition 45 -- which is being promoted by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) and Consumer...
News Release
10/20/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- On Saturday, the three big health insurance companies that control California’s health insurance market gave another $12 million to their campaign to defeat Proposition 45, which will give California the authority to stop health insurance rate overcharges.   The total insurance industry spending against Consumer...
News Story
10/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California insurers have pumped more than $12 million over the last five days into a campaign to defeat Proposition 45, an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would regulate health insurance rates. Blue Shield gave $2.66 million, WellPoint $6 million, Kaiser Permanente $3.73 million and Health Net $350,000, according to late filings at the...
News Story
10/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It's almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month's ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials. But two other propositions are almost equally deserving of yes votes, Propositions 45 and 48....
News Story
10/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45 would allow California's elected insurance commissioner to regulate health plan rates for 6 million Californians with individual policies or who get their insurance as employees of small businesses. The No on 45 campaign recently released a 30-second television ad, now running in major media markets. WHAT DOES THE AD SAY? A man...
News Story
10/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45 on the Nov. 4 ballot would let California’s elected insurance commissioner reject excessive health insurance rates. The Star’s Editorial Board recommends a yes vote on Proposition 45 to provide responsible, reasonable oversight of the cost of medical coverage. Proposition 45 would apply to roughly 6 million residents...
News Release
10/17/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Fresno Bee has endorsed Proposition 45 saying it will rein in health insurance rates and noting “powerful forces are opposed” to the ballot initiative. “These forces — you know them as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kaiser, HealthNet and United Healthcare — don't want voters to approve Prop...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Props 45, 46 Facing Tough Road Groups opposing California Proposition 45, which provides a mechanism to regulate rate hikes for health insurance, and Prop 46, which seeks to raise the cap on medical malpractice awards established in 1975, have raised millions and are using it on ads. Prop 45 requires health insurance companies to publicly disclose...