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News Story
8/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview. "There is no active legislation on this topic," Nicole Kasabian Evans, spokeswoman for...
Video
8/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
View on YouTube On NPR, Consumer Watchdog's Executive Director Carmen Balber discusses the risks of patient information being exploited by tech firms.
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The two largest insurers in the Covered California health insurance exchange are jacking up their monthly premiums by 17 and 20 percent next year. The news was appalling, but it should not have been surprising. And all of us should remember that there is nothing we can do about that, even though we once had a chance to place controls over those...
News Story
7/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California's insurance marketplace carriers will raise rates in 2017; Covered California rates to jump average of 13 percent in 2017   After two years of moderate rate increases, Californians who get their coverage through the state health insurance marketplace will see their 2017 premiums increase by an average of 13.2 percent. That...
News Release
7/19/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the 13.2% rise in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California is the result of the state’s failure to enact health insurance rate regulation like nearly 40 other states. “These outrageous premium hikes are the consequence of California’s failure to adopt health...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians who buy coverage through the state's health insurance exchange better get ready for a dose of sticker shock: Average premiums next year will shoot up more than 13 percent statewide -- and could even double that in some parts of Northern California. While consumers are growing weary about the rising costs of health care and...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year. The Covered California exchange had won plaudits by negotiating 4 percent average rate increases in its first two years. But that feat couldn’t be repeated for 2017, as overall...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
remiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had boasted that the program helped insure...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
For the first time since launching three years ago, Covered California – the state’s health insurance marketplace– announced double-digit rate increases, averaging 13.2 percent for 2017. Tuesday’s announcement came as California consumers were encouraged to “shop around” for cheaper coverage under the federal...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento, CA -- Monthly premiums in California's health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year, after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday. The increases are significantly higher than the 4 percent hikes in each of the last two years. They come as many other states...