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News Story
6/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
There's still one potential November ballot measure pending - one that would subject health insurance rates to state regulation - and with only hours before the qualification deadline, its fate is up in the air. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, a veteran of several high-profile ballot measure battles, and sponsored the...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
All the emotional and intellectual energy in this spring's primary election campaign focused on congressional and legislative races, where a rare combination of new rules and new district maps produced some entirely new kinds of results, with many upcoming runoff races featuring intra-party battles pitting Democrat against Democrat and...
News Release
6/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...
News Story
6/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
City hospital executive says lobbyists help preserve government funding San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spared the city's Public Health Department from cuts in his latest budget proposal, which benefited not just health care consumers, but also a lobbying group that consumer advocates say works against them. According to memos obtained by The...
News Story
6/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposed increases of more than 10% in small-business health insurance rates that are going into effect in July or August have drawn scrutiny from state regulators. Some California health insurers are proposing to raise small-business rates more than 10% next month, drawing scrutiny from state regulators. Aetna Inc., which drew the ire of...
News Release
6/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be justified. A pending ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to...
News Release
6/10/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...
News Release
6/2/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...
News Story
6/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross owes some California policyholders nearly $40 million in rebates and nonprofit rival Blue Shield of California owes about $11 million under a requirement of the federal healthcare law. Nationwide, insurers had to notify federal and state officials by Friday of how much they owe customers if the companies failed to spend a...
News Story
5/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Bruce Bodaken, the longtime head of the nonprofit, supported universal healthcare Blue Shield of California's longtime chairman and chief executive, Bruce Bodaken, will retire at year's end, punctuating a career marked by praise for his early support of universal health coverage and criticism of his company's repeated rate hikes....