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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 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...
News Story
8/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A few months into a new job as a contract engineer, Jim Arey was stunned by an $8,000 bill he received for two doctor-administered infusions of an expensive drug he needs regularly. That's when the Columbia, Md., man learned that the insurance provided through his placement firm capped doctor's office care at $2,000 a year. He unknowingly hit his...
News Release
8/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama Administration to adopt new regulations requiring broad financial disclosures by health insurance companies to help insulate Americans from double-digit rate increases. Insurers should provide details of shadowy multibillion-dollar transfers to out-of-state affiliates and parent...
News Story
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer advocates urged the Obama administration Thursday to investigate what they called an effort by large for-profit insurance companies to slash spending on medical care even as they raise premiums. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy said that insurers...
Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Chairmen of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over health care reform sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius on Tuesday clarifying their intent on a particularly controversial provision in the health care law, resolving a long dispute and throwing a wrench into the insurance industry's lobbying efforts. As the NAIC works on crafting...
News Story
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The nation's largest satellite TV service is getting some static. Consumers have now logged more than 40,000 complaints against DIRECTV on the Better Business Bureau's website. DIRECTV offers promotions like five months free or $29.99 a month. But some customers complain they're then surprised when charged extra fees for leasing...
News Story
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, DC -- As Americans struggle with double-digit hikes in their health insurance bills, millions are coming up against a hard reality: The state regulators who are supposed to protect them can often do little to control what insurers are charging. In many states, it is the insurance industry that largely controls the regulatory process,...
News Release
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurers' Actions Mirror Credit Card Companies' Interest Rate Increases Ahead of New Consumer Rights   Washington, DC —Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy today asked the Obama administration to investigate how the major for-profit health insurance companies are reducing their proportion of spending on health care...