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News Story
6/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
All the emotional and intellectual energy in this spring's primary election campaign focused on congressional and legislative races, where a rare combination of new rules and new district maps produced some entirely new kinds of results, with many upcoming runoff races featuring intra-party battles pitting Democrat against Democrat and...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
City hospital executive says lobbyists help preserve government funding San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spared the city's Public Health Department from cuts in his latest budget proposal, which benefited not just health care consumers, but also a lobbying group that consumer advocates say works against them. According to memos obtained by The...
News Release
6/2/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...
News Story
6/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross owes some California policyholders nearly $40 million in rebates and nonprofit rival Blue Shield of California owes about $11 million under a requirement of the federal healthcare law. Nationwide, insurers had to notify federal and state officials by Friday of how much they owe customers if the companies failed to spend a...
News Story
5/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Frequent Rate Hikes Help Revenue Keep Up With Increasing Expenses Though health care costs continue to rise, profits at the seven big health plans that serve the Sacramento region remain slim, new state figures show. The companies together reported almost $86 billion in revenue from nearly 17 million Californians in 2011. But profit totaled...
News Release
5/23/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The announcement that Blue Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken will retire at the end of this year comes as insurance companies face the prospect of new rules to curb health insurance company excesses, said Consumer Watchdog. The group has sharply criticized Bodaken for keeping his CEO pay -- which reached $4.6 million in 2010 -- secret...
News Story
5/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. As consumer advocates celebrate their successful signature gathering effort to place on the November ballot a measure intended to regulate medical insurance rates in California, others are warning voters against the Consumer Watchdog-sponsored initiative. Called the Insurance Rate...
News Story
5/19/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates in California turned in 800,000 petition signatures, confident that they will qualify for the Nov. 6 election. In the coming weeks, county election offices and the California secretary of state will determine whether the measure meets the requirement...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The stage is set for an immense political clash over regulation of health insurance with multibillion-dollar stakes and an impact on virtually every Californian. Consumer Watchdog battled insurers over regulation of auto and other personal insurance 24 years ago and won, claiming that it has saved consumers tens of billions of dollars since....