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News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and e-mail newsletters on a variety of topics, including diabetes, allergies, asthma and arthritis. But according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, site visitors who provide personal details...
News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of privacy groups and other advocates are asking the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether online health marketers engage in deceptive practices by tracking users across the Web in order to serve them targeted ads. "Digital marketing raises many distinct consumer protection and privacy issues, including an overall lack of...
News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Four public interest groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday urging the agency to investigate whether those offering online health information and services are engaging in unfair and deceptive advertising practices. In their complaint, the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, the U.S. Public Interest...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In years past, a profit result like United HealthCare's 26% increase in the third quarter would spike the stock price. Not so on Tuesday, because investors are worried that insurance companies' profit rocket will slow down next year as health reform requirements kick in. That, in a nutshell, is why the insurance industry is spending tens of...
News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Obama should forbid premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law. Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big...
Blog Post
10/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The passage of a law means nothing to the lobbying industry. It only means refocusing on regulators, and if that fails, changing the law that was passed. Lobbyists for health insurance brokers are in the middle stage: demanding that the White House protect their big sales commissions--up to 20s on each policy-- by crippling a key part of the law....
News Release
10/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. The six-month anniversary of the new health law marks the official effective date of a raft of new consumer protections, including a ban on most so-called rescissions. That's the insurance industry practice of revoking an insurance policy retroactively, after a...
Blog Post
9/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Janet Adamy in the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription necessary) that health insurers across the country are using the health reform law as an excuse to justify their latest round of rate hikes for individual insurance policies. Aetna, one of the nation's largest health insurers, said the extra benefits forced it to seek rate increases...