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News Story
8/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State governments are implementing the controversial healthcare law, even in places where elected officials are challenging its constitutionality. Across the country, state employees are working to define new rules that health insurance companies will have to follow. They’re also applying for a wide variety of federal grants offered under...
News Story
8/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON-When Anthem Blue Cross tried to raise health insurance premiums in California by 39 percent this year, the move became a rallying point for proponents of health care reform legislation, and the landmark bill won final passage soon after. So what will the health care reform bill actually do about double-digit premium hikes? The answer to...
News Release
8/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$1 Million Grant Would Bolster Industry-favored Schwarzenegger Plan, Help Kill Actual Regulation of Insurance Companies Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for a $1 million grant under the new health reform law. The grants are...
News Story
7/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As an Aug. 31 deadline nears, state lawmakers haggle over how difficult it should be for companies to significantly raise premiums. Insurance analysts say they expect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers to move quickly — the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Aug. 31, and all pending legislation that doesn't pass by then will...
News Release
7/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If Californians Have to Buy Health Insurance, Insurers Have to Be Regulated, Says Watchdog’s Letter to Gov. Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw weak pseudo-reforms of the health insurance industry that would bar strong regulation of health insurers. Schwarzenegger sent his proposals this...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthem Blue Cross reduces rate hike to average 14 percent in California INDIANAPOLIS -- Health insurer WellPoint said Wednesday that its California subsidiary will dial down rate hikes that drew national outrage earlier this year and helped spark a final push for health care reform. The Indianapolis insurer said the subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
After taking heat for proposing to raise insurance rates as high as 39 percent, Anthem Blue Cross proposed rates Wednesday that would raise health premiums by an average of 14 percent and as much as 20 percent for thousands of California consumers. The Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County) health insurer, which had withdrawn its previous proposal...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Facing continued scrutiny over rising premiums, Anthem Blue Cross on Wednesday submitted revised rate increases that are substantially lower than the controversial rate hikes it proposed six months ago. But it wasn't enough to appease consumer health advocates, who said the average increase of 14 percent remained too high for 700,000 Californians...
News Release
6/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Says Average 15% Rate Could Still be Excessive Under Proposed ‘Prior Review’ Rate Regulations Santa Monica, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross of California, under fire for substantial math errors in its proposed health premium increases averaging 25%, has made the minimum possible reduction in reissuing its proposed increases,...
Blog Post
6/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Drivers, homeowners and every other American who expects their insurance policies to be there in an emergency can breathe a sigh of relief that an eleventh hour fix saved consumers from insurance deregulation in the financial reform bill. The bill, as approved last week by the House-Senate conference committee, would prevent a new Federal...