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The Health Insurance Public Justification and Accountability Act

News Release
8/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned today that the 69% public approval rating in the latest Field poll for Prop 45 means that consumers will almost certainly face an avalanche of deceptive insurance company ads designed to scare and confuse voters. Health insurance companies have raised over $37 million against Prop 45 and are...
News Story
8/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A new poll shows 69% of California voters back Proposition 45, a November ballot measure giving the insurance commissioner the power to stop excessive health-insurance rate increases. The Field Poll released Wednesday indicates broad support statewide for Proposition 45 ahead of what's expected to be a costly and contentious battle between...
News Story
8/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A California initiative on the fall ballot requiring that health insurance rate changes be approved by the elected insurance commissioner is receiving strong support from voters statewide, according to the latest Field Poll. Nearly 70 percent of registered voters back Proposition 45, while 16 percent say they would oppose it and 15 percent remain...
News Release
8/14/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Kaiser’s announcement of a 40 percent increase in profits to $2.1 billion for the first half of this year is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why Proposition 45’s protections against price gouging are desperately needed, said Consumer Watchdog today. Proposition 45...
News Release
8/11/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The report of HealthNet’s $120.9 million second quarter profit, which is 4 times its 2013 second quarter profit, is yet another reminder, amid a slew of massive health insurer profit reports, of the need for Proposition 45’s protections from health insurer profiteering said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today....
Article
8/9/2014
Posted by rob
“We frantically thought through all of our options… this kind of rate increase would send us over the edge.” I’m an independent contractor, and one of the things I love about what I do is my autonomy and independence. My experience with Anthem Blue Cross jeopardized everything that I had built.  At the beginning of...
Article
8/8/2014
Posted by rob
“I’m getting $196 worth of health insurance for $854.” I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and now live in the Miracle Mile area. In 2004 I was paying $196 a month for the individual PPO plan that I’ve had for many years. Now, my rate is $854 a month, which means that in the last ten years my premium has more than...
Article
8/6/2014
Posted by rob
“Health care costs are the single largest expense in my family’s budget – larger than our mortgage - even larger than my daughter’s college tuition.”   I have a wife and two children. My daughter just finished her freshman year in college; my son is in high school. I have lived in California for most of my life...
News Release
7/30/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA --- The Proposition 45 campaign today said that WellPoint’s massive $731.1 million second quarter profit underscores the need for Proposition 45’s protections against health insurance price gouging. The profit report comes a day after the California Insurance Commissioner reported steep health insurance rate hikes for...
News Story
7/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. The former Democratic lawmaker has spent years working to give elected commissioners regulatory...