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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...
News Story
6/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance companies try to wriggle out of a health-care reform requirement to spend more money on doctors and patients. A key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act forces insurance companies to devote more of the premiums they collect from customers to actual clinical care. For consumers, that makes sense: What they think...
News Release
6/2/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California.  Prior to the vote the...
News Story
6/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view the video of this news broadcast. In the past year, two of California's major health insurance companies have announced double-digit rate increases; both were scaled back under enormous public pressure. Now, there's a movement to allow state regulators to say no to unreasonable rate hikes. California regulates auto...
Blog Post
5/24/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Can you hear Blue Cross screaming in the distance? Vermont is about to hit the road toward a real (if modified) single-payer health care--Medicare, but for everyone. Cut out the middlemen, save some money, cover more people. In Washington, insurance companies are deploying their lobbying might to chip apart the gargantuan federal health reform...
News Story
5/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Politifact Truth-O-Meter Says: "Pants on Fire" "Unions don’t have to comply with Obamacare." An ad from the Republican controlled campaign group Crossroads GPS asserts that unions are exempt from the new health care law as a political favor from President Barack Obama. The ad shows union leaders and...
News Story
5/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A final federal rule requiring health insurers to reveal and explain double-digit premium rate hikes managed to disappoint both the insurance industry and consumer advocates. The regulation HHS released last week under the federal healthcare reform law makes health plans undergo rate reviews this year when they propose rate increases on...
News Story
5/19/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurers seeking rate increases of 10 percent or more will face increased scrutiny starting in September under rules finalized Thursday by the Obama Administration.  States – or in some cases the federal government – will review the flagged premium increases and insurers will have to justify increases deemed...
News Story
5/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Breathtaking premium hikes have prompted California's new insurance commissioner to sponsor a bill that would require medical insurers to get state approval before increasing rates. Auto and homeowner insurance premiums have been regulated by the state of California for two decades. Maybe it's time that healthcare premiums are too....
News Story
4/30/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Fed up with the unpredictable cost of health insurance for his small business, Mike Sarafolean last year made a dramatic change: Instead of picking a plan to offer workers, he now sends them to a "private exchange" or marketplace where they compare and choose their own insurance. And the amount his company pays toward coverage is...