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News Story
1/19/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
  A Blue Shield customer from San Diego emailed Consumer Watchdog recently to complain about a 59 percent rate hike. his comment, according to Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court: There is no market for health insurance. You have two choices: 1. Pay whatever they say. 2. Die. That's about it, right there. You...
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
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...
Blog Post
12/22/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Massachusetts has the highest or near-highest health insurance premiums of any state in the nation and it's the only state that mandates the purchase of health insurance by every resident. Yet the health insurance industry, in hunting for ways to sell the mandate to Americans who hate the idea,  has concocted a ruse that a lot...
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 Release
12/21/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama administration to subject all health insurance rate increases imposed since the approval of the health reform law to new regulations issued by HHS today. The new rule requires public justification and review of any health insurance rate increase of 10% or greater.   The group...
News Story
12/21/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
A California-based consumer advocacy group said Tuesday that federal regulations on health insurance rates should be "strengthened" to "prevent insurers from imposing unreasonable premium increases on consumers." The regulations implement a provision of Democrats' healthcare reform that requires health plans to justify...
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...