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News Story
3/31/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
More than a million California small-business owners and individual policyholders face a wave of health insurance premium increases in the coming months that range from single digits to as high as 20 percent. Starting Sunday, about 101,000 Anthem Blue Cross small-group customers will see their premiums go up an average of 13.8 percent but as...
News Story
3/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance premiums for many Californians are set to increase as much as 20 percent in the coming weeks, according to insurance company reports to federal and state agencies. The rate increases come as U.S. Supreme Court starts hearing oral arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act, which became law...
News Release
3/22/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross will raise health insurance rates for nearly 600,000 Californians by as much as 20% on May 1. A ballot initiative to make health insurance more affordable by regulating premium increases is necessary to protect Californians from excessive rate hikes, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. Friday is...
News Story
3/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
The state's largest for-profit health insurer will raise rates 8.2% on average, down from its earlier request of 10.4%, in response to pressure from state officials. Anthem Blue Cross agreed to trim its rate increases for nearly 600,000 customers in California in response to pressure from state officials, but many families still could see...
News Story
3/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Prepared To Do Battle Against Premium Regulation California's provider and payer communities lined up this week against a proposed ballot measure for the November election that would provide the California Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health insurance premiums. The California Medical Association, California Hospital...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of insurers, doctors and hospitals opposes a proposed initiative. California's doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have launched a united campaign against a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, and proponents returned fire. The proposed ballot initiative seeks to give the...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Health care firms spent more than $35 million on lobbying in California in 2011. Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. California -- The California secretary of state says health care lobbyists spent more than $35 million last year. The biggest health care player was Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser spent $3.5 million...
News Release
3/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
One-in-5 U.S. adults say they are burdened by medical debt and half of them are unable to pay the debt at all, federal health officials said. Lead author Robin Cohen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'sNational Center for Health Statistics said health insurance -- public or private -- frequently determines whether families...