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Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The level of straight talk in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius is breathtaking. Bottom line: Do the critics harping against regulation in the health care market--and attacking Sebelius personally--want to go back to letting insurance companies do what they please? Here's the lead: In the last two weeks, my...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. The six-month anniversary of the new health law marks the official effective date of a raft of new consumer protections, including a ban on most so-called rescissions. That's the insurance industry practice of revoking an insurance policy retroactively, after a...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The head of one of the nation’s largest Medicaid health insurers rebuked both his colleagues and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week over a mounting flap regarding the imposition of large premium increases prior to healthcare exchanges becoming operative in 2014. “It makes sense that many of these plans will...
News Story
9/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California-based Consumer Watchdog wrote to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to use the powers of his office to get tough on healthcare plans.  The group suggested that Obama "use the full power of your office" to advocate for tough "prior approval" insurance regulations in Congress. If that fails, the White House...
News Release
9/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans.   "The health insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I can't remember seeing any kind of federal response to health premium increases, so a letter Thursday from Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius (thanks to Igor Volsky at Wonkroom for the tip) is unusual not just for its tough language, but because it exists at all. In a letter to Karen Ignani, president of the insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If you believe that health insurance companies will really go broke if they don't get 20% premium increases during a deep recession, raise your hand. Ah, the one hand I see raised is Karen Ignagni's. She's the top lobbyist for the health insurance industry, and president of America's Health Insurance Plans. She's pleading for Congress not to...
News Release
8/31/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
News Release
8/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...