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11/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Randy Paige reports on how many LADWP ratepayers are still looking for answers on why they've been wrongly billed for tens of thousands of dollars.
News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
ABILENE, Texas — A lot of people gripe when they get high summertime electric bills. But Kristin Harriger’s bill was nearly $1.4 million. The Abilene, Texas, woman immediately called her provider, Potentia Energy. She quickly learned that her bill was an error. The utility provider also excused a $66,000 late fee listed on the...
News Release
12/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog issued the following statement regarding today's announcement of a lawsuit and settlement agreement between the California Attorney General and DIRECTV:   "The lawsuit and settlement agreement announced today by the California Attorney General and DIRECTV – apparently one of a...
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...
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...
News Release
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is scheduled to vote Thursday on regulations governing the law's medical-loss ratio, which requires insurers to spend 80 percent to 85 percent of premiums on medical spending or activities that improve care. Liberals by and large approve of the regulations that have been adopted by several...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...
News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Obama should forbid premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law. Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big...