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News Story
10/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Almost three decades ago, a small band of consumer activists persuaded California voters to slap tough new rate regulations on auto insurance. Now that same group wants to crack down on health insurance rates. And the insurance industry and its business allies are back with a multimillion-dollar war chest to fight Proposition 45 with an...
News Story
10/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Powerful forces are opposed to Proposition 45, which would give California's publicly elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes. These forces — you know them as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kaiser, Health Net and United Healthcare — don't want voters to approve Prop. 45 on the Nov. 4...
News Story
10/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45, which would allow California's insurance commissioner to regulate rates for certain medical plans, is a close call for this voter. On the one hand, the commissioner would be touching on — although not exactly duplicating — work already performed by the state entity created to administer Obamacare. That could slow...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in no-bid contracts, including deals worth millions of dollars to a firm with workers who have strong ties to Covered California's executive director, according to an Associated Press review of contracting records obtained through the state's Public Records Act, AP/U-T...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The group backing a health insurance rate-control measure on next month’s ballot called on Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday to investigate millions of dollars in no-bid contracts by Covered California and reported links between the health exchange’s executives and and the insurance industry. The demand by Consumer Watchdog, a...
News Release
10/14/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
El Segundo, CA -- Blue Shield policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association, consumer advocates and other supporters of Proposition 45’s rate relief measure to deliver a pickup truck of steer manure to Blue Shield’s offices. The Proposition 45 supporters said they were simply returning some of the same...
News Release
10/13/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to the Associated Press’s disclosure of unusual no-bid contracts between California’s insurance exchange Covered California and well-connected insurance executives, Consumer Watchdog called upon the Attorney General of California to launch an independent investigation of various contracts at the agency...