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News Release
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has announced that the consulting firm it hired to review its most recent rate hike plan found no mistakes and concluded Blue Shield should be allowed to raise rates on California policyholders.  Though the Department of Insurance got Blue Shield to delay the increase, originally set to take effect today...
Blog Post
Posted by Carmen Balber
Affordability is the number one barrier to consumers obtaining health care. The exorbitant premium increases we've seen across the country, like Blue Shield of California’s proposed rate hike of up to 59%, mean more and more consumers who can’t buy insurance at all, or can’t afford to use the insurance they’ve...
News Story
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the podcast of this story. Clamor over an insurance company's decision to increase premiums by as much as 59 percent could lead California lawmakers to consider pre-approving such increases. Last session, a bill that would have authorized the state insurance commissioner to approve rate hikes failed by four votes...
News Release
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC– House Republicans are misrepresenting California’s experience with medical liability limits to argue for legislation, HR 5, that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the bill’s author, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, today and called on...
News Story
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doors are opening wider now for consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield. That happens when time and circumstances turn you into a prophet. In 1997, soon after energy was deregulated in California, Rosenfield and his Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights started making noise. This is a bad idea, they said. It's corporate...