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News Release
9/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurers, Employers Threaten to Drop Low-Benefit Employee Insurance If $750,000 Annual Benefit Limit Is Enforced   Washington, DC — Americans were promised meaningful health benefits under health reform and deserve better than the near-worthless junk insurance that low-wage employers are lobbying to preserve, said Consumer Watchdog....
News Release
8/31/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
Blog Post
8/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, "a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates." So it is remarkable that "progressive" San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour...
News Release
8/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...
Blog Post
8/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
At the shoe store, 40% off qualifies as at least pretty good. So why does regulators' approval of new, lower rates by Blue Cross of California not feel like victory? There are lots of reasons, but first is that the revised Blue Cross rate hikes are still in double digits, averaging 14% and as high as 20%, while average wages are still falling....
News Story
8/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
By Journalist Person, PERIODICALS WEEKLY Physicians Must Disclose If They Own CT, MRI or PET Scanners Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a national consumer advocacy group based in Santa Monica, Calif., said the new disclosure requirement may eventually lead patients to think hard about the financial relationship their doctor has. But...
Blog Post
8/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wouldn't it be great if we could all deduct our federal income and investment taxes from next year's income? And if we could also deduct that stress-reducing trip to a spa in Bora Bora? And if the government would just take our word for it? Fantasy for us, but the health insurance industry think that's what federal health reform ought to allow, on...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The worst definitely didn't happen in Seattle. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners deferred the worst insurance industry demands for weakening the implementation of health care reform. For a body so closely linked to the insurance industry, that counts as real progress. Credit is due to the state-level experts who wrote proposed...
News Story
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The $1-million grants, which went to all but five states, will help many expand public access to information about rate hikes and hire experts to review proposed charges. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration specifically ruled out seeking prior approval authority. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy group,...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It took my wife an hour and half to make the two mile commute home Monday, after the secret service closed some of LA's busiest streets at rush hour to shuttle the president from his Beverly Hills hotel to a fundraiser for Congress hosted by the producer of West Wing. As the White House tweeted about Potus meeting the Hollywood West Wingers, LA's...