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Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...
News Release
10/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...
Blog Post
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Obama's mad about insurers blaming his health care plan for big rate hikes, but he doesn't have to take it anymore. He can and should issue an executive order to stop the rate hikes immediately. A Blue Cross policyholder emailed me last night about her recent 20 percent rate hike. She's now being pushed into a policy that costs much more and comes...
News Release
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to issue an Executive Order freezing health insurance premiums to protect consumers from unjustified and unreasonable increases until new rules under the health reform law requiring public justification of unreasonable premium hikes take effect.   Recently announced health insurance...
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The level of straight talk in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius is breathtaking. Bottom line: Do the critics harping against regulation in the health care market--and attacking Sebelius personally--want to go back to letting insurance companies do what they please? Here's the lead: In the last two weeks, my...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. The six-month anniversary of the new health law marks the official effective date of a raft of new consumer protections, including a ban on most so-called rescissions. That's the insurance industry practice of revoking an insurance policy retroactively, after a...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The head of one of the nation’s largest Medicaid health insurers rebuked both his colleagues and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week over a mounting flap regarding the imposition of large premium increases prior to healthcare exchanges becoming operative in 2014. “It makes sense that many of these plans will...
News Story
9/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California-based Consumer Watchdog wrote to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to use the powers of his office to get tough on healthcare plans.  The group suggested that Obama "use the full power of your office" to advocate for tough "prior approval" insurance regulations in Congress. If that fails, the White House...
News Release
9/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans.   "The health insurance industry...