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8/27/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn’t need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough negotiator with the health plans.   A study out yesterday casts doubt on that proposition as researchers reported that Covered California health insurance plans have among the narrowest...
News Story
8/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ventura County residents buying health insurance in the Covered California marketplace will have more choices but could pay slightly more in premiums while also facing, in some instances, rising out-of-pocket costs. Since Covered California started selling insurance in late 2013, only three insurance plans sold coverage through the marketplace in...
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today...
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7/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today increased an average 4 percent...
News Story
7/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Two new health insurers are poised to join California's market for Obamacare coverage — industry giant UnitedHealth and a New York start-up named Oscar. Many consumers may welcome the new choices starting next year and the prospect that increased competition helps hold down premiums. The lack of more health plans to choose from has been...
News Release
6/23/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Consumer Watchdog said that residents of every other state now have access...
News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- As millions of Americans nervously await the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the health care law -- whether or not federal subsidies are legal in 34 states that don't run their own insurance exchanges -- California's newly insured can breathe a bit easier. Even if the court rules in favor of the...
News Release
6/2/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- A Kaiser Family Foundation survey showing that 44 percent of Covered California policyholders have difficulty paying health insurance premiums is yet more evidence that California needs health insurance rate regulation, Consumer Watchdog said today. In addition to cost hardships for those currently insured, more than 40 percent...
News Release
5/21/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has failed to effectively implement its mandate to help enrollees register to vote, and should restore voter registration funding that has been cut completely in the proposed budget it will consider today, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to executive director Peter Lee and the Board. According to data...
News Story
3/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Hillary Rodham Clinton did it. So did Mitt Romney. And Sarah Palin. But reliance on private email accounts to conduct government business has for some time irked citizens and watchdog organizations who argue the tactic has been exploited to effectively shield conversations from public view. California law on the subject remains unsettled, leaving...