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News Story
11/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
State seems at a loss to keep companies from closing plans, which drives up premiums Nicholas Peppler, Fort Wayne, was healthy and only 23 years old, but he appeared to be in the beginning of a death spiral. A health insurance death spiral, that is. The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield policy he had purchased was being closed to new enrollees...
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Only by insuring everyone in a health plan that leverages the nation's buying power and focuses on preventive care, can we provide higher quality, affordable health care to all Americans. Some politicians confuse the mandatory purchaseof private health insurance with universal health care, but requiring people to buy unaffordable and...
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Many Americans support stem cell research but are unwilling to give drug companies a blank taxpayer check to develop it without appropriate controls. About a dozen states have passed or are considering taxpayer subsidized programs for stem cell research. Proponents of California's Prop 71 stem cell program promised that all Californians would...
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A handful of prescription drug companies control the majority of patents on new drugs and charge prices far in excess of the cost of producing the medications. The newest cancer fighting drugs are priced beyond the reach of many patients who need them. Our research has found that most prescription drugs are developed in large part with taxpayer...
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Up to 440,000 people die each year because of medical mistakes. That's the equivalent of a 747 crashing every 10 hours.  Consumer Watchdog fights for the right of those patients--and the thousands of others injured by medical errors--to take negligent doctors and hospitals to court. If an airliner crashed twice a day, everyday, we would...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 "People faced with a 50 percent increase are far more likely to drop their insurance than to stomach that increase for the nebulous prospect of a future refund," said Carmen Balber, director of the Washington office for Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has battled the insurance industry over health reform. And for those...
Blog Post
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
News Release
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Watchdogs Call For Rate Freeze by President Until Pricing Rules Take Effect   WASHINGTON, DC -- State insurance commissioners sent rules to the Department of Health and Human Services today that will require insurers to spend more money on health care and less on administration and profits. Regulators should be applauded for rejecting last...
News Story
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
While Thursday morning's final vote on the medical loss ratio is getting all the attention, state insurance commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla., have been making progress on other important issues. On Wednesday, they gave preliminary approval to the disclosure form that health insurance plans will soon have to fill out to let their...
News Story
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance officials defy industry pushback, finalize key part of healthcare law Brushing off a last-minute lobbying push by the insurance industry, state insurance officials on Thursday finalized new rules requiring insurance companies to dedicate more revenues directly to healthcare.  Gathered in Orlando, Fla., members of the National...