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The Health Insurance Public Justification and Accountability Act

News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Wednesday, Covered California officials released a report raising questions about a ballot initiative that would give the state government regulatory authority over health insurance premium rates, KQED's "State of Health" reports (Aliferis, "State of Health," KQED, 6/19). The initiative -- which is being promoted by...
News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In response to concerns raised by California's health exchange, backers of a statewide ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation insisted Thursday that the measure would not disrupt how Obamacare works in the state. Consumer groups and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones are pushing for more authority over health premiums for...
News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California's health insurance exchange pressed for answers Thursday to how an initiative slated for the November ballot would affect its operations. Covered California board members said they want an expedited analysis of the measure, including its influence on the exchange and its consumers. The as-yet-unnumbered initiative, advanced by...
News Story
6/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance rate hikes, medical malpractice and water tunnels might not generate the kind of passionate water-cooler debate you'd find over marijuana, abortion and the death penalty. But this fall, California voters will be besieged by arguments about those weightier issues in the run-up to November's general election. With the governor'...
News Release
6/10/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new website launched this week by Consumer Watchdog, YourHealthInsuranceCompanySucksWhen.org, has unleashed an intense conversation by consumers nationwide about their health insurance horror stories. The site invites the public to complete the sentence “You Know Your Health Insurance Company Sucks When” by...
News Story
5/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast.   Democrat Dave Jones is running for re-election as California Insurance Commissioner. His opponents are Republican State Senator Ted Gaines and Peace and Freedom candidate Nathalie Hrizi. There's not much interest in next week's primary, but there's a lot at stake for...
News Story
5/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot initiative before California voters in November could challenge insurance coverage set up under Obamacare, imposing the same kind of price controls on health insurance that already exist on the state's auto, property, and casualty insurance. The "Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act," up for a vote Nov...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
One side says health insurers are gouging California consumers and need to be regulated. The other side says adding more government oversight in the early stages of health care reform will muddy the waters and could damage the new system before it has a chance to work. The battle over a ballot initiative to give the state insurance commissioner...
News Story
5/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed an expensive and controversial November ballot measure that would give enforcement power to the state Insurance Commissioner to regulate health insurance rate hikes.   Currently, the commissioner reviews...
News Release
5/8/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The four big health insurance companies that control 94% of customers on California’s health care exchange paid $50,000 for a deceptive study, released today, designed to scare voters away from passing an initiative that will mean big savings for consumers, consumer advocates said today. The initiative will require health...