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News Story
10/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Congress is out and so is the federal government, but several recent developments will have repercussions on healthcare policy-making today. The Department of Health and Human Services is facing pressure from all sides as it decides who should get waivers from new mandates of the healthcare reform law. HHS ignited a firestorm of controversy over...
News Release
10/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
News Story
10/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
At first blush, the mandate in the new health-care law sounds simple: Starting next year, health insurers must use at least 80 to 85 percent of the premium dollars they collect to pay medical bills or otherwise improve their customers' health. But deciding which expenses insurers can include has been proving a monumental and controversial task for...
Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...
Blog Post
10/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Californians, including those stricken by autism, and their parents and caregivers, expect regulators to enforce the law, not to side with insurance companies seeking to boost their profits by denying patients the care they need. Governor Schwarzenegger, however, a longtime and vocal supporter of the Special Olympics and developmentally disabled...
News Release
10/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...
Blog Post
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Obama's mad about insurers blaming his health care plan for big rate hikes, but he doesn't have to take it anymore. He can and should issue an executive order to stop the rate hikes immediately. A Blue Cross policyholder emailed me last night about her recent 20 percent rate hike. She's now being pushed into a policy that costs much more and comes...
News Release
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to issue an Executive Order freezing health insurance premiums to protect consumers from unjustified and unreasonable increases until new rules under the health reform law requiring public justification of unreasonable premium hikes take effect.   Recently announced health insurance...
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The level of straight talk in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius is breathtaking. Bottom line: Do the critics harping against regulation in the health care market--and attacking Sebelius personally--want to go back to letting insurance companies do what they please? Here's the lead: In the last two weeks, my...