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News Story
1/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California, stung by public outrage over its latest premium hikes, said Friday it won't back down from its plans to raise rates by as much as 59 percent, setting the stage for a confrontation with the state's new insurance commissioner. Last week, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asked Blue Shield to delay for 60 days a...
News Story
1/14/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to download and listen to the story podcast.   David Beach, of Hemet, found out the day before he was to start chemotherapy that the extra cancer coverage he thought he had been paying for since 2003 would not help him. "It turns out to be worthless," Beach said of the policy. "I thought (the treatment) all...
News Story
1/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
State health regulators called on Blue Shield of California on Thursday to hold off raising its health insurance premiums for 60 days to thousands of individual policyholders, some of whom were hit with hikes as high as 59 percent. Blue Shield has raised rates for many of its members to levels that have drawn the ire of state and federal...
News Story
1/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
While the House of Representatives is moving towards repealing the national healthcare reform law passed last year, residents of the nation's largest state are facing another round of health insurance rate hikes. Blue Shield of California, which raised rates twice in the last quarter of 2010, plans another rate hike for March 1, 2011 ...
News Story
1/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio clip of this broadcast. Blue Shield of California has shocked its policyholders with a proposal to raise premiums by as much as 59 percent, effective March 1. The San Francisco-based company says the higher rates are needed to cover fast-rising costs. It's the second time in less than a year that a...
News Story
1/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
One of California's largest health insurers - Blue Shield - announced plans to hike its premiums by as much as 59%. The jacked up premium rates are set to take effect on March 1, pending review from state insurance regulators. The move impacts 193,000 individual Blue Shield policy holders. The company, a member of the Blue Cross Blue...
News Story
12/22/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Plan would make insurers justify hikes above 10% Health insurance companies that increase premiums by more than 10 percent would be required to justify those higher rates publicly, according to new rules proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration. Under the proposal, premium increases of more than 10 percent in 2011 for individuals and...
News Story
12/21/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Rate review could get tougher for health insurers. Premium increases of more than 10% will be automatically reviewed by states starting in July, according to new preliminary guidelines from the Obama Administration detailed in this WSJ story. The rules could mean difficult times ahead for insurers, who have said that they need to increase...
News Story
12/21/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — Health insurers that are seeking a rate increase of 10 percent or more in 2011 must detail publicly why the increase is needed, under proposed rules that the Obama administration released Tuesday. Under the proposal, the flagged premium increases would be subject to review by the states — or the federal government,...
News Story
12/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Marketplace's Gregory Warner looks into what will motivate people to buy health insurance. Kai Ryssdal: Here's another educated guess as we move on. We're all probably more familiar with the Commerce clause of the Constitution now than we were earlier this week. A...