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The Health Insurance Public Justification and Accountability Act

News Story
7/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians paid 22% to 88% more for individual health coverage this year than last, commissioner says The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state's insurance commissioner said. But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones predicted that insurers...
News Story
7/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.     This will change in a month or so, when the campaign gets underway...
News Release
7/22/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Dolores Huerta, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and an icon of the labor and civil rights movements has endorsed Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative which will appear on the November 2014 California ballot. Huerta...
Article
7/22/2014
Posted by rob
“After I pay huge monthly premiums Blue Cross redefines the only medication I use so they don’t have to pay.” In January 2014 I received the following information about my individual healthcare plan: "Medical plan premium As of April 1, 2014 the monthly premium on your health benefit plan coverage is changing. Your new...
Article
7/21/2014
Posted by rob
"I am 57 years old and was going to retire at 60 but I cannot because the cost of my health insurance is so high."   I have had Blue Cross Health Insurance since 1997 for my family.  When I started it cost $234 per month and now it is $2386 per month (10 times as much).  I am 57 years old and was going to retire at 60 but...
News Story
7/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Campaign funds are rising for those supporting and opposing Proposition 45, the "Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public Initiative." This proposition allows the insurance commissioner -- currently Dave Jones -- to regulate health care insurance premiums. It will be on the November 4 ballot. As of July 11, $37,...
News Story
7/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care of sick people. Health insurance companies, even those that are not-for-profit, have to...
News Story
7/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Following heavy lobbying from both sides, the California Democratic Party’s executive board has voted to endorse Proposition 45, a measure to give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates. The proposition is one of two causing friction within the Democratic Party, pitting pitting trial lawyers and...
News Story
7/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
About $250 million in planned health insurance premium increases in California during a 15-month period that ended in 2013 were excessive, according to a report released Wednesday by Consumer Watchdog, Reuters reports. Consumer Watchdog is supporting a November ballot initiative that would give the state regulatory authority over health insurance...
News Release
7/2/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog...