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News Story
7/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ANCHOR: DEBORAH ROBERTS / REPORTER: ELISABETH LEAMY DEBORAH ROBERTS (ABC NEWS): (Off-camera) Now a 'GMA" 'Consumer Alert." Should safe drivers who drive less than others pay lower car insurance premiums? GRAPHICS: WATCHING YOU AT THE WHEEL -- PROGRAM CUTS PREMIUMS IN HALF DEBORAH ROBERTS (ABC NEWS): (Off-camera) Well, that's the logic...
News Story
7/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Would you cut back on driving if your insurance company charged by the mile, and maybe by the way you handle your ride? Some state lawmakers and regulators are betting many Californians will. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is moving swiftly on regulations for a "Pay as You Drive" system that lets carriers grant discounts to drivers...
Blog Post
7/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
“Silly,” “extravagant,” a “phantom issue,” and “nonsensical.” That’s what Assemblyman Jared Huffman had to say about consumer and privacy advocates’ concerns that he’s pushing legislation that will compromise Californians’ privacy and raise insurance rates. The Assemblyman...
News Story
7/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Let's say you were recently diagnosed with a serious medical condition -- depression, for instance. Your doctor thinks medication is the way to go, but says it may take some experimentation to find the right drug. The first try: Paxil. For two weeks, you don't notice a difference. But then suddenly you can't sleep and you're suffering from...
News Release
7/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Insurance companies will be allowed to install spyware in Californians' cars, and charge higher auto insurance premiums to those who refuse, under legislation authored by San Rafael Assemblyman Jared Huffman.   Proponents claim the bill will encourage motorists to drive less, but the bill grants insurance companies...
News Story
6/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Will Californians lie to save money? Apparently. New legislation takes aim at an honor system, of sorts, perhaps one of the few remaining in which millions of dollars are at stake. The measure targets a process in which state law requires car insurance premiums to be based partly on motorists' estimates of how far they will drive each year....
News Story
6/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Jared Huffman is generally a good Assemblyman. I mean, he's no Shiela Kuehl or anything, but overall a solid legislator.  Which is why I'm surprised that we're seeing AB 2800, a bill which would allow insurance companies to use "technological means" to track your driving patterns. A bit of background here: California law suggests,...
News Story
6/27/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Huffman Legislation Would Tie Fewer Miles to Lower Premiums; Opponents Cite Privacy Concerns California motorists should be entitled to save money on car insurance -- while they help the environment -- by driving less, according to North Bay Assemblyman Jared Huffman. He's proposing legislation that would let insurers link their rates to the...
Blog Post
6/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I went to a Department of Insurance workshop yesterday to talk about what’s been dubbed “Pay as you drive” insurance. What that means depends on who you ask, and just about every opinion was thrown against the wall at yesterday’s meeting. Here at Consumer Watchdog, we think the idea is to make insurance rates fairer (and...
News Story
6/20/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee approved two bills -- one allowing insurance cmpanies to require spyware to be installed in vehicles, and the other clarifying the duties of an agent versus those of a broker. Advertisement AB 2956 would provide that an insurance agent is a person who transacts insurance other than life...