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Blog Post
8/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There are days when the idea of private health insurance companies running health reform are more ludicrous than others. Today, we find that health insurance CEOs are raking in ever-higher compensation--up to $110 million a year for one retiring CEO. This is obviously where a lot of our ever-rising premium dollars are going. The lead on the LA...
News Story
8/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to view this news segment. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― The nation's largest provider of satellite television service is getting some static from consumers. There are now more than 40,000 complaints against DIRECTV on the Better Business Bureau's website. The company's also facing some lawsuits over its pricing and cancellation...
News Story
8/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CHICAGO, IL -- Illinois regulators will ask lawmakers for the authority to approve or deny health insurance rate increases, saying residents need protection from skyrocketing costs that aren't justified. Currently there is nothing the state can do to stop rate increases, no matter how excessive, a situation that leaves thousands of residents...
News Release
7/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If Californians Have to Buy Health Insurance, Insurers Have to Be Regulated, Says Watchdog’s Letter to Gov. Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw weak pseudo-reforms of the health insurance industry that would bar strong regulation of health insurers. Schwarzenegger sent his proposals this...
News Story
7/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
OLDWICK, N.J. --Since the passage of U.S. health care reform, battles have erupted in some states between insurance commissioners and health insurers over double-digit premium rate increases sought by insurers on members in their individual and small group health plans. Some fights are being waged in the battleground states of California,...
News Story
7/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Comcast is boosting the price of cable TV and Internet service in Marin County and the rest of Northern California, where 2.3 million customers face bills almost 4 percent higher next month. The cost of most Comcast cable television packages in Marin will rise Aug. 1, along with Internet rates, although the "limited basic" or least...
News Story
7/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ralf Burgert had no idea how costly toenail fungus could be. The San Rafael resident got rid of the common infection by treating it with the prescription medication Lamisil. It was the last thing on his mind when he applied for a health insurance policy on the individual market a short time later. He could not believe the response: Because of the...
News Story
7/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Agency must provide outline of authority, merge lending laws WASHINGTON - While passing a bill that would create a consumer protection agency has proved challenging enough, that task may pale in comparison to actually setting up the new regulator. The regulatory reform bill lays out an ambitious agenda for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthem Blue Cross reduces rate hike to average 14 percent in California INDIANAPOLIS -- Health insurer WellPoint said Wednesday that its California subsidiary will dial down rate hikes that drew national outrage earlier this year and helped spark a final push for health care reform. The Indianapolis insurer said the subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
After taking heat for proposing to raise insurance rates as high as 39 percent, Anthem Blue Cross proposed rates Wednesday that would raise health premiums by an average of 14 percent and as much as 20 percent for thousands of California consumers. The Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County) health insurer, which had withdrawn its previous proposal...