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News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Several high-profile business names, such as San Francisco hedge-fund manager Thomas Steyer and agribusiness magnate Stewart Resnick, have contributed to a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, according to campaign finance records. These contributions were among $1.5 million in donations reported Monday...
News Release
4/26/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog Campaign challenged the Blue Cross parent company CEO’s contention to shareholders yesterday that the California health insurance rate regulation initiative now circulating is not necessary because federal law adequately protects patients by pointing to the 1 million Californians facing rate hikes on...
News Story
4/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance giant WellPoint says it was hurt by lower enrollment and rising medical costs. Revenue grew 4% to $15.42 billion in the quarter. Health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. reported an 8% drop in first-quarter profit, hurt by lower enrollment and rising costs. The nation's second-largest health insurer — after...
Blog Post
4/23/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
My name is Laurel Kaufer and I’m a Consumer Watchdog member. I am also one of the one million Californians who will be hit with a health insurance rate hike on May 1st. Are you one of the May Million facing rate hikes of up to 20%? As a self-employed, single mom, I’ve struggled for more than a decade to balance the cost of health...
News Story
4/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Some attorneys can't afford benefits, enroll with spouse instead. As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to release its decision next month on the constitutionality of the Obama administration's Affordable Health Care for America Act, the state is waging its own battle to rein in rates. In the midst of the fray are small law firms and...
News Release
4/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica -- UnitedHealth Group, which runs the fifth-largest health insurance company in California, reported $1.39 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011, a 3% increase over last year, as it raises premiums on 84,000 Californians with small business coverage as much as 17% on May 1st. The insurance company is funding the fight...
News Release
4/19/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis at followthemoney.org finds that health insurance companies gave $11.6 million in campaign cash to California politicians, including $7.4 million to candidates for the California legislature, between 2000 and 2010. The largest health insurance donor in California over the last decade was...
News Story
4/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to name a group that opposes government oversight of health  insurance premiums "Californians Against Higher Healthcare Costs." Especially when the group includes the trade associations for doctors and hospitals, two sets of Californians who've contributed mightily to the high cost of...
News Story
4/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Initiative would regulate health care To the woman who spends as much as $1,000 in a month on medical care and argues she saves money by not having insurance, the proposal makes sense. Force health insurance companies to gain government approval before they impose rate hikes on individuals or employers. "While they're at it, they...
News Story
4/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he's optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court won't strike down the federal health reform law. The law will likely survive, he said, because it's based on solid precedent that the court's conservative wing holds dear. "They keep telling us that they don't believe in judicial...