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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...
Blog Post
2/7/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
March 2014 update: Victory! The insurers have settled with Aunt Kay, thanks to the campaign mounted by her nephew Dan Shea. If only every person stuck in insurance company hell had Dan's smarts, tenacity and resources! Or better yet, if only insurance companies weren't allowed to put claimants through the torment that Kay suffered. Dan...
News Story
2/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance companies in California spent $13.8 million to defeat a state ballot initiative that would require them to get approval for rate hikes, according to the non-profit Consumer Watchdog Campaign. The ballot measure would require insurers to publicly justify rate increases under the penalty of perjury, ban excessive rate hikes, allow...
News Release
1/31/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes for over 306,000 Californians on April 1. If approved on this November’s...