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Blog Post
11/9/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
We just filed our ballot initiative to make health insurance companies open their books and publicly justify, under penalty of perjury, proposed rate changes before they take effect. If we collect 504,760 signatures to qualify the measure, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on The Insurance Rate Public Justification And...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported this week that health insurance premiums spiked 9% last year and surpassed $15,000 per year for a family of four. Employees are paying 168% more for their employer-sponsored health insurance than 13 years ago (vs 38% for inflation). Yet another painful reminder of the need to rein in California's...
News Story
9/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. Having trouble affording your health insurance? A new study out today shows that health premiums are rising at 9% a year, far outpacing increases in inflation and wages. Families are now paying $15,000 per year in insurance premiums on average. The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation...
Blog Post
8/23/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Industry-friendly appointees of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continue to hold undue power at the California Health Benefits Exchange--the key body that is already deciding how Californians will get their health care under full federal reform in 2014. The Schwarzenegger appointees are Kim Belshe (former head of the Dept. of Managed Health...
Blog Post
8/11/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Maine Gov. Paul LePage was elected last year in a three-way race with just 38% of the vote, which he interprets as his ticket to roll back consumer, worker and child protections. He ordered a historical mural of workers removed from the state Labor Department,  refused invitations by the NAACP, saying they "can kiss my butt" and...
Video
6/2/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In the past year, two of California's major health insurance companies have announced double-digit rate increases; both were scaled back under enormous public pressure. Now, there's a movement to allow state regulators to say no to unreasonable rate hikes.
Blog Post
5/31/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
The health insurance industry's lobbying muscle in the California Legislature is legendary. It's the reason that the state's insurance commissioner remains all but toothless to reject outrageous spikes in health insurance premiums and rates, unlike in a majority of other states. So it's not a shock that a new version of a bill to...
Blog Post
5/6/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Join us! Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Maine's top insurance regulator will join Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield at a Consumer Watchdog newsmaker briefing on Capitol Hill next Wednesday. Here are the details.   How Health Insurance Rate Regulation Can Lower Premiums and Save Health Reform...
Blog Post
2/28/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
At the National Governors Association, President Obama just threw his weight behind a bi-partisan effort in the US Senate to allow states to innovate with health reform, including adopting a public insurance system or single payer health care system by 2013 instead of 2017. The governors embraced the state innovations waiver proposal, since...