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11/15/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Jamie Court discusses extensions and changes to the Affordable Care Act. President Obama announced Thursday the decision to grant a one-year reprieve on those health-care policies that would have otherwise been canceled under Obamacare. Reports estimate 4 to 5 million cancellation notices have been issued nationwide to date — over a million...
Video
11/15/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Millions of Californians affected after health insurers cancel their current plans have been given a reprieve. Insurers can now extend plans into 2014 under the affordable care act. California insurance commissioner Dave Jones says insurers demanded provisions before the laws went into effect. Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog has asked Covered...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama’s move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President...
News Story
11/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Squeezed between Obamacare's twin goals of containing health care costs and upgrading medical benefits, insurance companies are squeezing back. Welcome to the "skinny" medical provider network. The insurers say they are pressured to keep premiums in check but have been left with fewer tools to do it. Health plans that applied to...
News Story
11/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The nationwide furor over the cancellation of millions of individual health insurance policies gained momentum Tuesday as pressure built on Congress and the Obama administration to fix the problem. The news came in waves: In an interview with an online magazine, former President Bill Clinton urged President Barack Obama to allow those individuals...
Video
11/7/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered California, which has contracts with the insurers, to support the reprieve for beleaguered policyholders.
News Story
11/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The clock is ticking on 1 million Californians forced to buy new health insurance because their plans don't comply with the federal health care law, but on Tuesday one of the state's biggest health insurers was forced to give its customers a three-month reprieve. Blue Shield of California must delay canceling health insurance policies that...
News Story
11/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield will let some California policyholders extend their coverage for an additional 90 days — until March 31 — under a settlement with the California Department of Insurance announced Tuesday. The settlement is specific to Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Co. — one of two Blue Shield companies...
Video
10/30/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Hundreds of thousands of Californians are having issues with Obamacare. Many are learning that the new program does not allow them to keep the insurance they already have, leaving some with no insurance at all. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Westchester for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.
News Story
10/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view the news broadcast of this story. LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many people are getting hit with cancellation notices because their existing health care policies don't quality under the new health care law. "I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner...