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News Story
6/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurer wins a benefits panel's support. If finalized, about 27,000 L.A. workers and their families with Anthem coverage would face a change. Blue Shield of California, already facing a Los Angeles ethics complaint over potential conflicts of interest, is poised to take a lucrative health insurance contract for city workers away...
News Release
6/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be justified. A pending ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to...
News Story
6/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The California insurance commissioners should be able to regulate health insurers’ rate increases, including the up to 24% hike insurers plan for small businesses in July and August, according to a consumer advocacy group. Consumer Watchdog says a ballot initiative, which would give the insurance commissioner power to regulate insurers...
News Release
6/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...
News Story
5/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Bruce Bodaken, the longtime head of the nonprofit, supported universal healthcare Blue Shield of California's longtime chairman and chief executive, Bruce Bodaken, will retire at year's end, punctuating a career marked by praise for his early support of universal health coverage and criticism of his company's repeated rate hikes....
News Story
3/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Prepared To Do Battle Against Premium Regulation California's provider and payer communities lined up this week against a proposed ballot measure for the November election that would provide the California Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health insurance premiums. The California Medical Association, California Hospital...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of insurers, doctors and hospitals opposes a proposed initiative. California's doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have launched a united campaign against a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, and proponents returned fire. The proposed ballot initiative seeks to give the...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Health care firms spent more than $35 million on lobbying in California in 2011. Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. California -- The California secretary of state says health care lobbyists spent more than $35 million last year. The biggest health care player was Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser spent $3.5 million...
News Release
3/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross,...