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News Story
3/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Health insurance plans in California would have to submit their rates for prior approval under legislation advanced by the Assembly Health Committee. Sponsored by Assemblymen Dave Jones, D-Sacramento and Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, A.B. 2578 would require health maintenance organizations and health insurers to follow the same...
News Release
3/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Harvey Rosenfield to Mercury Insurance Chairman: Put Your Mouth Where Your Money Is Santa Monica, CA — The founder of Consumer Watchdog today challenged George Joseph, the founder and chair of Mercury Insurance, to show up to a legislative hearing in Sacramento to publicly defend his ballot initiative, Proposition 17. Prop 17, which would...
News Story
3/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
GUARDIAN ILLUSTRATION BY DEVON DOSS California voters are about to be bombarded by more than $50 million in political advertising designed to convince them to approve a pair of measures desperately sought by two powerful corporations with a long history of lies and political corruption. Will this brazen and transparently self-serving effort...
News Story
3/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A three-way fight over the language in a June ballot initiative on auto insurance ended in a draw Friday. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner declined to delete wording submitted by insurer Mercury General Corp., the main sponsor of Proposition 17, in voter information pamphlets. But the judge also left intact the pamphlet summary...
News Story
3/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A teachers union's effort to change wording in Prop. 14, which would allow open primaries, was largely rejected. Measures on car insurance and public financing got only minimal adjustments. Two Sacramento judges Friday ordered changes in the wording of ballot measures that would move California to an open primary system, change car insurance rate...
News Story
3/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
(Click here to watch the news segment video.) SACRAMENTO, CA  — There is a big question about what is going to happen to insurance premiums under Proposition 17, a ballot initiative we will be voting on this coming June. Mercury Insurance and others want the voter pamphlets to say the rates will go down, but a consumer group is fighting...
News Story
3/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) ― State insurance regulators on Wednesday defended their actions against health insurers after a report showed few consumers who complained that their coverage was canceled after they took ill actually benefited from state-negotiated settlements. More than 6,000 Californians were subject to "rescissions" by the...
News Story
3/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's Consumer Watchdog group is suing Anthem Blue Cross after they raised health care insurance premiums 39 percent, but the company isn't budging.   Meanwhile Goldman Sachs recommended buying health insurance company stock because competition is decreasing and prices are going up. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College...
News Story
3/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Just what California voters will see when they evaluate an automobile insurance ballot question will be the subject of a hearing in Superior Court in Sacramento March 12. A judge will hear testimony on three related cases surrounding ballot language for Proposition 17, which backers say will allow discounts for more drivers...
News Story
3/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The prospect of paying Anthem Blue Cross $911 a month for health insurance has Ursula Britton counting birthdays and feeling as if she’s boxed into a corner. The 63-year-old unemployed paralegal from Ventura lives on about $500 a week, from unemployment insurance, early Social Security and a one-day-a-week job framing pictures. She’s...