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Video
2/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Nurses' video of the protest that forced Blue Shield to halt its 59% rate hike for 60 days.  Americans are taking to the streets, and winning, even if you don't hear about it enough!  
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...
Blog Post
1/21/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
The new Republican House majority plowed forward with its anti-health care agenda in DC this week. However, the campaign invective calling for the "repeal" of the job-killing health care bill has officially morphed into “replace” talking points - an explicit acknowledgement that the consumer protections and insurance market...
News Story
1/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
If you don't know about high-deductible insurance plans, you will soon. These controversial plans are increasingly offered by employers. Also known as consumer-directed health plans, they offer clear cost-saving benefits, such as lower premiums and the opportunity to manage increasing health care costs. But if you get seriously sick, you...
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...