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News Release
5/18/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA -- Patients who have suffered skyrocketing health insurance rates joined with the leaders of Consumer Watchdog Campaign to turn in more than 800,000 voter signatures for a ballot initiative requiring health insurance companies to open their books and justify rates, under penalty of perjury, before their rate increases take...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a proposal to give state regulators power to reject health insurance rate increases say they are submitting 800,000 voter signatures to election officials in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot. "We will give California voters the chance to decide their own fate in November and stop out of control health insurance...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of an initiative that would give California regulators the power to regulate health insurance rates submitted 800,000 voter signatures on Friday in hopes of qualifying the measure for the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog called the initiative a "common sense proposal" to expand provisions of Proposition 103, which...
News Story
5/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
NORWALK (CBS) — Leaders of Consumer Watchdog Campaign along with patients and the state’s Insurance Commissioner delivered to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office in Norwalk hundreds of thousands of petition signatures in support of a health insurance rate justification ballot initiative. Laurel Kaufer, a self-employed...
News Story
5/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. Torrance Unified School District parents, teachers and administrators line up to sign a petition against state education cuts outside of Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif.   If you've been to a grocery store or farmers market lately, you've likely been approached by...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Several high-profile business names, such as San Francisco hedge-fund manager Thomas Steyer and agribusiness magnate Stewart Resnick, have contributed to a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, according to campaign finance records. These contributions were among $1.5 million in donations reported Monday...
News Release
4/26/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog Campaign challenged the Blue Cross parent company CEO’s contention to shareholders yesterday that the California health insurance rate regulation initiative now circulating is not necessary because federal law adequately protects patients by pointing to the 1 million Californians facing rate hikes on...
News Story
4/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Some attorneys can't afford benefits, enroll with spouse instead. As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to release its decision next month on the constitutionality of the Obama administration's Affordable Health Care for America Act, the state is waging its own battle to rein in rates. In the midst of the fray are small law firms and...
News Release
4/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica -- UnitedHealth Group, which runs the fifth-largest health insurance company in California, reported $1.39 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011, a 3% increase over last year, as it raises premiums on 84,000 Californians with small business coverage as much as 17% on May 1st. The insurance company is funding the fight...
Blog Post
4/19/2012
Posted by Laura Antonini
Lately, California’s auto insurers have been slipping unjustified service fees onto bills – even when policyholders don’t use the service. Take the “installment fee” or “finance charge” for example.  Nearly all the big auto insurance outfits in California -- Auto Club, GEICO, State Farm, Mercury,...