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News Release
3/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
One-in-5 U.S. adults say they are burdened by medical debt and half of them are unable to pay the debt at all, federal health officials said. Lead author Robin Cohen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'sNational Center for Health Statistics said health insurance -- public or private -- frequently determines whether families...
News Story
3/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- As healthcare workers gathered outside California hospitals recently to collect signatures for two proposed ballot initiatives, they told voters the measures would rein in excessive hospital billings and expand healthcare for the poor. Unspoken in the public pitch was the fact that the measures, backed by the Service Employees...
News Release
3/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today that it has saved doctors, dentists and other medical providers $19 million on their medical malpractice insurance premiums, using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority to reduce unjustified premiums. Yet a doctors’ group opposes the same...
News Story
3/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Three top medical malpractice insurers in California have rolled back their rates, saving doctors, dentists and other providers nearly $19 million a year in premiums, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Thursday. Last year, Jones required the top six medical malpractice insurance companies in California to submit rate filings to the...
News Release
3/7/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The first large-scale survey of Americans about their problems with medical debt show 1 in 5 are burdened by medical debt and half of them are unable to pay the debt at all. Having health insurance is a key to being able to pay for medical care, said the Consumer Watchdog Campaign, but spiraling insurance rates have left...
News Story
3/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
If my family's small local business was a health insurance company, we could double prices during a deep recession while amassing a fortune in invested savings. Woohoo! As the customer base fell, we'd just jack up prices again. It's a laughably impossible model for almost any business. But not for Blue Cross, Blue Shield and their...
News Release
2/29/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, yet still plans to raise rates up to 14.8% for 320,000 California patients on March 1st. Repeated rate hikes in the face of massive company surpluses at the same time that inflation slows show the need for a ballot initiative to prevent...
News Story
2/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A loud hissing contest on California's left political flank began weeks before the state's largest health insurance companies announced the other day they plan to raise average rates by 8 percent to 14 percent for thousands of consumers with individual policies — well over twice the 3.6 percent increase in their annual costs. The...