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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...
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...