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Blog Post
9/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Karen Ignagni, president of the health insurance industry's lobbying front AHIP, last week laid a portion of the the blame for a new round of double-digit health premium increases on "the impact of younger and healthier people dropping their insurance." My post (here and on Daily Kos) about a blast of anger from HHS over the rate hikes,...
Blog Post
9/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I can't remember seeing any kind of federal response to health premium increases, so a letter Thursday from Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius (thanks to Igor Volsky at Wonkroom for the tip) is unusual not just for its tough language, but because it exists at all. In a letter to Karen Ignani, president of the insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If you believe that health insurance companies will really go broke if they don't get 20% premium increases during a deep recession, raise your hand. Ah, the one hand I see raised is Karen Ignagni's. She's the top lobbyist for the health insurance industry, and president of America's Health Insurance Plans. She's pleading for Congress not to...
News Release
9/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurers, Employers Threaten to Drop Low-Benefit Employee Insurance If $750,000 Annual Benefit Limit Is Enforced   Washington, DC — Americans were promised meaningful health benefits under health reform and deserve better than the near-worthless junk insurance that low-wage employers are lobbying to preserve, said Consumer Watchdog....
News Release
8/31/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
Blog Post
8/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, "a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates." So it is remarkable that "progressive" San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour...
News Release
8/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...
News Story
8/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
By Journalist Person, PERIODICALS WEEKLY Physicians Must Disclose If They Own CT, MRI or PET Scanners Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a national consumer advocacy group based in Santa Monica, Calif., said the new disclosure requirement may eventually lead patients to think hard about the financial relationship their doctor has. But...
Blog Post
8/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wouldn't it be great if we could all deduct our federal income and investment taxes from next year's income? And if we could also deduct that stress-reducing trip to a spa in Bora Bora? And if the government would just take our word for it? Fantasy for us, but the health insurance industry think that's what federal health reform ought to allow, on...
News Story
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The $1-million grants, which went to all but five states, will help many expand public access to information about rate hikes and hire experts to review proposed charges. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration specifically ruled out seeking prior approval authority. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy group,...