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Blog Post
8/29/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Angela Braly was sacked as the head of health insurance giant Wellpoint yesterday - but not necessarily for the right reasons. Wall Street banks and billionaire investors complained about the company's profit margins and a slipping stock price. (Put that in perspective: Wellpoint had $13 billion in profits last year.) It’s an appropriate...
Feature
8/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Adam Glover - Los Gatos, CA   Our son Adam was 12 in 2008 when he went on a glorious camping and hiking trip in Yosemite with his Dad. The pair of them hiked, climbed and biked together. But seven days into the vacation, Adam died, the victim of preventable errors and inattention after an emergency appendectomy at a Modesto hospital. Yet...
Blog Post
7/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog Hall of Famer Hilda Sarkisyan lost her 17-year-old daughter Nataline after their insurance company CIGNA refused to pay for a potentially life-saving transplant. CIGNA was able to deny the transplant with impunity because a federal law bars the Sarkisyans, or anyone who gets their insurance from a private employer, from...
Blog Post
2/28/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
For the third time in three years, the Maine Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Anthem Blue Cross to a rate increase decision by then-state insurance superintendent Mila Kofman. Kofman found a proposed 9.2% rate hike by Anthem was excessive. She limited the increase to 5.2%, in part by reducing the company's profit margin in light of the...
Article
1/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
As a self-employed single mother with two sons, I have struggled for more than a decade to balance the cost of health care and health insurance with the need to seek medical help. Our high-deductible health insurance policy with Blue Cross meant wrenching days of weighing a child’s spiking fever or sports injury against the out-of-pocket...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Federal health insurance regulators announced yesterday that the health insurance company Trustmark is trying to impose unreasonable rate hikes - that will mean multiple premium increases this year adding up to over 27% for some patients - on nearly 10,000 thousand people in 5 states. The federal health reform law requires review of premium...
Blog Post
1/5/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
I'm starting to recognize that guy behind the podium. President Obama took a strong stand for consumers not once, but twice, yesterday, first when he did an endrun around Wall Street (and Senate) obstructionists to finalize the appointment of his nominee to head the new financial consumer watchdog agency, and again when his Dept. of Health...
Blog Post
12/20/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Health reform advocates are still sorting out the implications of the shocker of an announcement that came out of the Dept. of Health and Human Services this Friday. In a move that could be a blessing for some consumers and a curse for others, HHS punted to the states the most anxiously-anticipated rule in the federal health reform law: the...
Blog Post
11/29/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
The Obama administration yesterday rejected efforts by Indiana and Louisiana to evade the only rule in the federal health reform law that requires insurance companies to cut back on excessive waste, salaries and profits. Indiana and Louisiana wanted to exempt insurers in their states from the rule requiring health insurance companies to spend...
Blog Post
11/16/2011
Posted by Moira Dhaliwal
Have you ever been frustrated because you had to transfer medical records between doctors or forgotten when you had your last immunization? These frustrations could be a thing of the past with the emergence of electronic health records (EHR); when EHR are completely adopted, doctors across all specialties will be able to access all of their...