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News Release
11/14/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog joined national consumer groups to mobilize members today and demand that state insurance commissioners reject a proposal to increase health insurance industry sales commissions and profits at the expense of individuals struggling to pay for insurance. Consumer Watchdog called on state insurance regulators to...
Blog Post
11/7/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Thank you to everyone who made a call and helped block this sneak vote pushed by health insurance companies and their salespeople to boost industry profits and broker salaries. The insurance industry and its allies have made numerous attempts to force a vote on their plan to gut a key consumer protection rule at a meeting of the National...
Blog Post
10/6/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Congressional opponents of health care reform seem to be getting their messaging from online "Belly Fat" ads. Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana (R) has proposed "two simple cuts" for deficit reduction: kill a modest expansion of Medicaid and cancel all of the health insurance tax credits that would be offered to the working poor...
Courtroom Case
6/30/2011
Posted by Pam Pressley
Consumer Watchdog Sues California Department of Managed Health Care for Permitting HMOs to Deny Treatments to Autistic Children after Secret Meetings Between State Employees and HMO Execs Los Angeles Superior Court BS 121397 UPDATE: Court Issues Preliminary Ruling Holding Autism Treatment Denials, Agency Actions Illegal. Autism is a serious...
Blog Post
6/22/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Here's another condemnation of the broken for-profit health insurance system that only takes care of those who can pay. This story is sweeping the web because every one of us is afraid this could one day be us. A North Carolina man entered a bank and gave the teller a note demanding $1. He then sat down in the lobby to wait for the police...
Blog Post
4/26/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
What are the lobbyists for the California health insurance industry smoking? At a legislative hearing today on allowing the state insurance commissioner to review and approve or modify health premium increases, the California Health Insurance Plans lobbyist said patients in California don't need that, because "California is a success...
Blog Post
4/14/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Hilda Sarkisyan became a tireless advocate for change when she lost her daughter Nataline to cancer after their insurance company denied coverage for a potentially life-saving transplant. Wendell Potter was an executive at that insurance company when Nataline’s death became the final wake-up call that led him to leave the industry and...
News Release
4/6/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Insurance reform, not malpractice liability limits, held down doctors’ malpractice premiums in California said Consumer Watchdog today before a Congressional hearing on H.R. 5, a bill modeled on California law that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Limits on patient rights failed...
News Release
3/24/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- State insurance commissioners meeting this weekend in Austin, Texas will decide whether to sponsor legislation that would raise health insurance premiums and demolish consumer protections, said Consumer Watchdog. The legislation, written by lobbyists for insurance brokers, would preserve broker sales commissions and benefit the...
News Release
3/22/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC– A majority of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), which is meeting in Austin, Texas, this week to make key decisions on issues that will determine how much Americans have to pay for health insurance, has ties to the insurance industry, according to an analysis released today by Consumer Watchdog....