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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...
News Release
4/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance has saved doctors and other medical providers $23 million in the last two months by reducing unjustified medical malpractice insurance premiums using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority.  California law prohibits excessive malpractice insurance premiums for...
News Story
4/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California insurance commissioner calls the rate hike for small businesses 'excessive.' SACRAMENTO, CA -- Aetna, the state's third-largest health insurance company, is raising rates for thousands of small-business customers to a level that state insurance regulators call "excessive." California Insurance Commissioner Dave...
News Story
4/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Despite criticism from the state insurance commissioner and several statewide consumer groups, Aetna said Thursday it's going ahead with a recent hike in health care premiums for small businesses. Aetna's new increases, which average 8 percent annually and took effect April 1, were deemed "unreasonable" this week by state...
News Release
4/5/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Insurance has announced that Aetna is imposing an 8% annual health insurance rate hike on its small business customers despite state actuaries’ findings that the increase is “unreasonable” and not supported by data.  Consumer Watchdog Campaign says this demonstrates the...
News Story
4/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A California insurance regulator ruled that an Aetna Inc. health-insurance rate increase was “unreasonable,” in the latest salvo of a long-running debate in the state over the cost of coverage. The announcement by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones focused on a boost that affects small-group plans and became...
News Release
4/4/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The rate increases are the second or third for most...
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...