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Blog Post
8/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, "a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates." So it is remarkable that "progressive" San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour...
News Story
8/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
By Journalist Person, PERIODICALS WEEKLY Physicians Must Disclose If They Own CT, MRI or PET Scanners Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a national consumer advocacy group based in Santa Monica, Calif., said the new disclosure requirement may eventually lead patients to think hard about the financial relationship their doctor has. But...
Blog Post
8/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wouldn't it be great if we could all deduct our federal income and investment taxes from next year's income? And if we could also deduct that stress-reducing trip to a spa in Bora Bora? And if the government would just take our word for it? Fantasy for us, but the health insurance industry think that's what federal health reform ought to allow, on...
News Story
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The $1-million grants, which went to all but five states, will help many expand public access to information about rate hikes and hire experts to review proposed charges. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration specifically ruled out seeking prior approval authority. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy group,...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It took my wife an hour and half to make the two mile commute home Monday, after the secret service closed some of LA's busiest streets at rush hour to shuttle the president from his Beverly Hills hotel to a fundraiser for Congress hosted by the producer of West Wing. As the White House tweeted about Potus meeting the Hollywood West Wingers, LA's...
Blog Post
8/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that HHS awarded $46 million in grant funds to 45 states and DC to "help states crack down on unreasonable health insurance premium hikes." But are all 46 of those insurance departments really planning significant improvements in rate regulation? How much new protection will consumers gain from...
News Release
8/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance Commissioners and Obama Administration Must Resist More Weakening of Curbs on Industry Overhead and Profit, Says Consumer Watchdog Seattle, WA --The nation’s state insurance commissioners are making far-reaching decisions in Seattle this week on whether health insurance companies will spend more on health care, less on their own...
News Story
8/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As part of ObamaCare, the federal government will impose strict new spending rules on health insurers. How it does so could have a sweeping impact on the industry and patient care. Supporters say these new "medical loss ratio" regulations could provide better value for consumers. Critics argue that they could decrease innovation and...
Blog Post
8/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's livelier Saturday at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Seattle. Most refreshing was a medium-sized street demonstration, with forays into meeting rooms, by young and old demonstrators protesting lobbyist influence on health care reform. They handed out "lobbyist disinfectant packs," including soap and...
Blog Post
8/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
(Seattle)--The big buzz today at a meeting of the National Association of Insurance Regulators was that President Obama would speak to the thousand-plus people gathered here--and then that he wouldn't. Maybe he didn't want to get involved in a down-to-the wire battle over whether insurance companies will have to grow more efficient and spend more...