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News Story
9/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
In response to an investigative report, the California Department of Insurance has ordered Nationwide and USAA to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than policyholders with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods. Released in April 2017, a report by ProPublica examined publicly-available auto insurance...
News Release
9/20/2017
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Acting in response to an investigative report by journalists at ProPublica, the California Department of Insurance has ordered two insurance companies – Nationwide and USAA – to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than motorists with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods...
News Story
9/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The state changed its approach in response to ProPublica’s finding that minority neighborhoods were paying higher premiums than white areas with the same risk. This story was co-published with Consumer Reports. California regulators said they have required Nationwide and USAA to adjust their auto insurance rates as a result of a report...
News Release
6/21/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog has filed a petition challenging the insurance rates that two companies in the Travelers Group want to charge small businesses. The consumer group is seeking a 20% cut to the rates Travelers currently charges, which would deliver about $20 million in savings to policyholders. Travelers’ rate...
News Release
6/23/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...
News Release
6/16/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should adopt today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $50 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog urged Commissioner Jones to reject the merger in testimony at a March...
News Story
6/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urged federal officials to block the merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., declaring the $54-billion deal anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. The state insurance department doesn’t have the authority to thwart the merger on its own, but Jones’ recommendation...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Insurance has launched an investigation into a data breach affecting about 80 million customers, former customers and employees of health insurer Anthem in California and other states, Bay City News reports (Bay City News, 2/5). Anthem Blue Cross, the insurer's California branch, and other affiliated health plans...
News Story
12/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters. November’s record-low turnout means it will be easier than ever to qualify a voter initiative for the ballot, and plenty of groups pushing a cause will probably take advantage....
News Story
11/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The $100 million spent by insurance companies against two pro-consumer initiatives, coupled with an historically low voter turnout, was a recipe for consumers to lose on Election Day. Total spending for and against California Propositions 45 and 46 outpaced even the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the nation - North Carolina's - where the...