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Holding Health Insurers Accountable

News Release
7/31/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign said that the smaller than usual rate hikes announced by Covered California today are good news for consumers and resulted in part from the presence of Proposition 45 on the ballot, which would require health insurance companies to get state approval before raising rates as they must in 35 other...
News Release
7/30/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA --- The Proposition 45 campaign today said that WellPoint’s massive $731.1 million second quarter profit underscores the need for Proposition 45’s protections against health insurance price gouging. The profit report comes a day after the California Insurance Commissioner reported steep health insurance rate hikes for...
News Story
7/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. The former Democratic lawmaker has spent years working to give elected commissioners regulatory...
News Story
7/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians paid 22% to 88% more for individual health coverage this year than last, commissioner says The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state's insurance commissioner said. But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones predicted that insurers...
News Story
7/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live thousands of miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won't take their insurance now, even though they haven't changed insurers. "They said, 'We take the old plan, but not the new one,'" says Perez, an attorney in Palo Alto, Calif. In Plymouth, Ind...
News Story
7/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.     This will change in a month or so, when the campaign gets underway...
News Release
7/22/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Dolores Huerta, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and an icon of the labor and civil rights movements has endorsed Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative which will appear on the November 2014 California ballot. Huerta...
News Story
7/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care of sick people. Health insurance companies, even those that are not-for-profit, have to...
News Story
7/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Several Marin customers of Anthem Blue Cross Monday cheered on the efforts of a consumer watchdog group that has sued the California-based insurance giant for allegedly misrepresenting its new "Obamacare" plans. Anthem Blue Cross misled "millions of enrollees" about whether their doctors and hospitals were participating in its...
News Story
7/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. A consumer group said Wednesday it has filed a class action lawsuit that accuses a top California health insurer of fraud and unfair business practices allegedly intended to lure customers into buying its health insurance plans.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County...