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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
WASHINGTON -- Though they have battled for more than a year, President Obama and the health insurance industry agree that the requirement for most Americans to obtain insurance, struck down by a federal judge, is absolutely essential to the success of the new health care law. Without it, they say, the whole package collapses, dashing hopes for...
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...
News Release
12/13/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC -- Consumers and the White House should celebrate a decision by a Virginia judge  to strike down the highly unpopular federal mandate to purchase health insurance and preserve the rest of the federal health care reform law. “Today's ruling makes clear that the popular and progressive parts of healthcare reform...
News Release
11/22/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Washington, DC — Federal rules issued today on how much health insurers must spend on health care vs. administration and profit are nearly unchanged from the proposals sent to the Department of Health and Human Services by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. HHS deserves credit for resisting a lobbyist onslaught demanding...
News Story
11/11/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance industry efforts to lobby for weaker federal regulations should be strongly resisted, a consumer advocacy group warned this week. In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, California-based Consumer Watchdog asks that she reject insurers' attempts to weaken regulations on how much insurers can...
News Release
11/10/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC — Consumer Watchdog today warned the White House that the insurance industry is still intent on demolishing modest consumer protections in the health reform law, and outlined the most damaging industry demands in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The letter, noting that the chief industry lobbying group is hiring...
News Story
11/8/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
'People aren't getting the care they need because they have to pay more out of pocket,' says the president of Consumer Watchdog. It's a good time to be a health insurer. Three of the biggest names in the insurance game reported rock-solid profits last week. Aetna said its third-quarter net income jumped 53% over the same period...
Blog Post
10/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The first major set of health reform regulations, governing the "medical loss ratio," resembles the victim of a Mob kneecapping--hobbled but surviving--after a corporate lobbying onslaught. And the fight is not yet over. It's just moved from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to the White House. Which raises the...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 "People faced with a 50 percent increase are far more likely to drop their insurance than to stomach that increase for the nebulous prospect of a future refund," said Carmen Balber, director of the Washington office for Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has battled the insurance industry over health reform. And for those...