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News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Facing continued scrutiny over rising premiums, Anthem Blue Cross on Wednesday submitted revised rate increases that are substantially lower than the controversial rate hikes it proposed six months ago. But it wasn't enough to appease consumer health advocates, who said the average increase of 14 percent remained too high for 700,000 Californians...
News Release
6/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Says Average 15% Rate Could Still be Excessive Under Proposed ‘Prior Review’ Rate Regulations Santa Monica, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross of California, under fire for substantial math errors in its proposed health premium increases averaging 25%, has made the minimum possible reduction in reissuing its proposed increases,...
News Story
6/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer group warned in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that health insurers “cannot be trusted” when lobbying over provisions of the new federal health reform law. Consumer Watchdog, which bills itself as a nonpartisan group, said investigations into California rate increases sought by...
News Release
6/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Letter to HHS Chief Sebelius Cites Lobbying, Legal Tactics of Insurers, and Premium Inflation by Wellpoint, Aetna in Advance of New Regulations Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to turn back health insurance industry lobbying against a chief early benefit of the new health reform...
News Story
6/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California small-business owners expected to be early beneficiaries of health reform, with billions of dollars in federal tax relief flowing this month to help them purchase medical coverage for their employees. But many said the 35 percent credits granted under the hard-fought legislation have run into a new hurdle: a buzz saw of rate increases...
News Story
6/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a last weekend of frenzied campaigning before the June 8 primary, candidates for statewide office marshaled last-minute ads, attacks – even visits from Karl Rove and a fictional “Queen Meg” – to appeal to voters in what’s been a record-breaking season of political spending. GOP billionaire and former eBay CEO...
News Story
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — Big insurers are targeting a handful of Assembly races in an effort to send business-friendly Democrats to Sacramento as they gird for a renewed push for regulations and consumer protections that might come if Jerry Brown is elected governor. The insurance industry has poured millions of dollars into four Democratic primary...
News Release
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Desperate Mercury Insurance Dumps Another Million into $16 Million Campaign and Distributes Last Minute Mailer from Phony “Consumer Coalition” Santa Monica, CA — Facing a surge of voter opposition in the last few days of its campaign for Proposition 17, sponsor Mercury Insurance injected another $1 million dollars into its...
News Story
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After squaring off as political foes for more than a year, the Obama administration and the health insurance industry have suddenly discovered that they need each other. Both have huge stakes in the success of the new health care law. The political fortunes of President Obama and Congressional Democrats depend on their ability...
News Story
6/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Pounded by the Obama administration for raising premiums, health insurers now must reckon with a foursome of longtime industry watchdogs who are helping steer the federal government's effort to overhaul the private insurance market. The four have top spots in the newly minted Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, whose work will...