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Blog Post
2/26/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
During his news conference at the National Press Club (get webcast here) in Washington Monday, the Gov fielded lots of softballs from the smitten D.C. press corps. He also dodged one hardball from the C-Span moderator, asking whether as part of his health reform he'd regulate health insurance rates in the same way that auto insurance rates are...
News Story
10/1/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Inside Bay Area (California) Motorists who thought they could pull a fast one by getting insurance to register their car and then canceling it better put the brakes on that strategy. A new law requires insurers to provide electronic notification to the state Department of Motor Vehicles when customers cancel their insurance. Starting today, the...
News Story
5/16/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Two Mercury General Corp. subsidiaries have been ordered to pay more than $2 million in refunds to policyholders for engaging in improper claims settlements and charging rates not approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the OIR said. The consent order from the OIR came after a lengthy market-conduct examination...
News Story
2/23/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOW-COST POLICIES FOR SOME DRIVERS San Jose Mercury News (California) A state-run auto insurance program for low-income drivers is expanding to Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, after thousands of low-income drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles signed up during a six-year test period. The policies -- the subject of town hall meetings today...
Feature
1/1/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Everyday, FTCR attorneys battle insurance companies in the courts and before the California Department of Insurance to stop illegal overcharges, excessive rate hikes, and other abusive insurance practices that are prohibited under insurance reform Proposition 103. FTCR attorneys and experts defend and enforce 103 in the courts, and testify before...
News Story
10/3/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Three of state Sen. Martha Escutia's bills dealing with insurance coverage have been signed into law Whittier Daily News (California) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed three of state Sen. Martha Escutia bills dealing with insurance, including her legislation to continue a low-cost auto insurance program through 2011. Schwarzenegger also signed...
Feature
5/6/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Testimony of Douglas Heller regarding legislation to expand and improve California's Low Cost Auto Insurance program. xxx
News Release
9/23/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Bill Would Negate Gains For Low-Income Consumers, Other Drivers If Signed By Davis Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Davis received plaudits from consumer advocates today for signing SB 1427 (Escutia), which would expand access to the state's innovative low-cost auto insurance program for low-income drivers in Los Angeles and San...
Feature
4/1/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For a detailed explanation of Proposition 103's provisions and their present status, read the following link: Background on Insurance Reform: A Detailed Analysis of Proposition 103 (All references are to the provisions of the original version of Proposition 103.) DESCRIPTION OF REFORM ACTION REQUIRED BY COMMISSIONER HISTORY & STATUS...