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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
3/8/2010
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...
Blog Post
3/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Normal 0 0 1 464 2647 22 5 3250 11.1282 0 0 0 The President called for an up or down vote on health care reform, but I can say from my own experience this week working with Blue Cross patients, who are part of Consumer Watchdog’s lawsuit against the company, that the public has already cast its vote. Go for it, now! At a press conference...
Blog Post
3/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
President Obama's "get it done" speech on health reform Wednesday may have been a day late, but I hope it's not a dollar short, as the old saying goes. At least he has one tremendous ally in his call for action by Congress: Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's largest health insurer. The company's outrageous premium increases, not just in...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES - Already fighting a high-profile lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and several pending government investigations from Sacramento to Washington, Anthem Blue Cross was hit Monday with a new potential class action on behalf of policyholders who claim the insurer unfairly pushed them into plans with fewer benefits. The company used...
News Story
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's become an annual ritual for Folsom insurance broker Dina Collins, delivering the news to clients that they will have to dig deeper into their pockets if they want the ease of mind that health insurance brings. This year the news was particularly harsh. "I've been in business for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this. I thought...