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News Release
11/13/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Beginning on Saturday consumers may enroll in new health coverage or switch plans for 2015. Consumers should be cautious when choosing coverage because health insurers continue to throw up roadblocks to quality care, said Consumer Watchdog.   “Federal health reform has dramatically improved the health care...
Video
11/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog informs consumers about the top ten things they need to know before signing up in the current open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.
News Release
8/6/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Proposition 45 is projected to bring up to $1 billion per year – $612 per family – in savings to California consumers reeling from years of devastating health care premium increases, according to a new analysis released by Consumer Watchdog today. Click here to read the Prop 45 savings analysis. “...
News Story
8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
-Negotiations with healthcare providers yield a modest 4.2% increase in Covered California rates for 2015 - We have changed the trend in healthcare costs,' says Covered California head -2015 Obamacare rates for Californians will rise 4.2% on average Defying an industry trend of double-digit rate hikes, California officials said the more than 1...
News Story
8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, Covered California officials announced that the average premium for health plans offered on the exchange will increase an average of 4.2% for the coming year, the Sacramento Bee reports (Cadelago, Sacramento Bee, 7/31). Covered California is the state's health insurance exchange, created under the Affordable Care Act. The rates...
News Story
7/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment (Scroll down). Officials with Covered California, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, say premiums will go up an average 4.2 percent statewide in 2015 for the 1.4 million Californians currently enrolled in insurance through the exchange. Peter Lee, executive director of the...
News Story
7/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s health insurance exchange officials announced Thursday that the average premium will increase an average 4.2 percent for the coming year, touting the lower-than-usual figure as evidence that the federal health care overhaul is making coverage affordable for millions of residents. Covered California tentatively chose 10 health...
News Story
5/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast.   Democrat Dave Jones is running for re-election as California Insurance Commissioner. His opponents are Republican State Senator Ted Gaines and Peace and Freedom candidate Nathalie Hrizi. There's not much interest in next week's primary, but there's a lot at stake for...
News Story
5/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot initiative before California voters in November could challenge insurance coverage set up under Obamacare, imposing the same kind of price controls on health insurance that already exist on the state's auto, property, and casualty insurance. The "Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act," up for a vote Nov...
News Story
4/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are. When I read WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish comments in Modern Healthcare that, there will "undoubtedly be...