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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
6/2/2012
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
5/24/2012
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....
News Release
5/23/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The announcement that Blue Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken will retire at the end of this year comes as insurance companies face the prospect of new rules to curb health insurance company excesses, said Consumer Watchdog. The group has sharply criticized Bodaken for keeping his CEO pay -- which reached $4.6 million in 2010 -- secret...
News Story
5/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. As consumer advocates celebrate their successful signature gathering effort to place on the November ballot a measure intended to regulate medical insurance rates in California, others are warning voters against the Consumer Watchdog-sponsored initiative. Called the Insurance Rate...
News Story
5/19/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates in California turned in 800,000 petition signatures, confident that they will qualify for the Nov. 6 election. In the coming weeks, county election offices and the California secretary of state will determine whether the measure meets the requirement...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The stage is set for an immense political clash over regulation of health insurance with multibillion-dollar stakes and an impact on virtually every Californian. Consumer Watchdog battled insurers over regulation of auto and other personal insurance 24 years ago and won, claiming that it has saved consumers tens of billions of dollars since....
News Release
5/18/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA -- Patients who have suffered skyrocketing health insurance rates joined with the leaders of Consumer Watchdog Campaign to turn in more than 800,000 voter signatures for a ballot initiative requiring health insurance companies to open their books and justify rates, under penalty of perjury, before their rate increases take...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a proposal to give state regulators power to reject health insurance rate increases say they are submitting 800,000 voter signatures to election officials in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot. "We will give California voters the chance to decide their own fate in November and stop out of control health insurance...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of an initiative that would give California regulators the power to regulate health insurance rates submitted 800,000 voter signatures on Friday in hopes of qualifying the measure for the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog called the initiative a "common sense proposal" to expand provisions of Proposition 103, which...