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News Story
3/19/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
When health insurers notify members that rates are going up - often in the punishing double-digits - they typically blame rising medical costs. They say the problem really isn't theirs; it's all the other pieces of the health-care puzzle that drive up costs that must be passed on to customers. This triggers a backlash of frustration...
Blog Post
2/28/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
At the National Governors Association, President Obama just threw his weight behind a bi-partisan effort in the US Senate to allow states to innovate with health reform, including adopting a public insurance system or single payer health care system by 2013 instead of 2017. The governors embraced the state innovations waiver proposal, since...
News Story
2/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Liberals say President Obama’s support for accelerating state waivers for the healthcare reform law creates new opportunity for the federal government to back more liberal healthcare policies rejected during past debate over the reform law. Obama on Monday endorsed a Senate bill that allows states to seek earlier exemptions from the...
News Story
2/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the podcast of this broadcast. Both supporters and opponents of the health care law routinely refer to the requirement that most people get health insurance or pay a penalty as the measure's "linchpin." But is it? Not everyone thinks so. "The biggest fear is that without mandatory health insurance,...
News Story
2/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the podcast of this story. Clamor over an insurance company's decision to increase premiums by as much as 59 percent could lead California lawmakers to consider pre-approving such increases. Last session, a bill that would have authorized the state insurance commissioner to approve rate hikes failed by four votes...
News Release
2/1/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
San Francisco, CA – Just as Blue Shield policyholders, nurses and consumer advocates arrived at Blue Shield's San Francisco headquarters today, the company announced it would delay its massive rate hikes by 60 days. Previously, the company had refused Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' request for a delay, even as several other...
News Story
1/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO Calif. -- Customers of three California health insurers will get some breathing room after the companies agreed Thursday to delay rate increases for 60 days, isolating Blue Shield of California as the lone holdout. Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna and PacifiCare agreed to the delay to give the state Department of Insurance time to examine...
News Story
1/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Hundreds of thousands of Californians won at least a temporary reprieve from escalating health premiums Thursday when three of the state's largest insurers agreed to delay rate hikes. But the company that launched the latest round of headlines about escalating rates, Blue Shield, stood by its decision to go forward with a March 1 increase...
News Story
1/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The healthcare law lets the Department of Health and Human Services set standards as to what constitutes an 'unreasonable' increase. But it doesn't give regulators any new powers to reject a proposed increase before it's implemented. Big, powerful industries facing tougher government oversight -- the health insurance industry...
News Release
1/20/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on Blue Shield Thursday to disclose its CEO's salary and justify how it can hold 12 times the surplus required by the state while raising Californians' rates by 59%. Blue Shield is the only major health insurer in California that conceals its top executives' salaries from the...