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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...
News Story
5/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California's newly created health exchange announced the bottom line on its insurance policies and rates Thursday, bringing sharper focus to family impacts of next year's health care overhaul. Thirteen companies were selected to sell policies for the individual market through Covered California, a state-owned marketplace for comparing...
News Release
5/23/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog responded today to the news that the state’s three largest health insurance companies -- Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser -- would continue to dominate the health insurance market in the California health exchange with concerns that patients will continue to pay excessive premiums because of decreased...
News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In another major step toward national health reform, California on Thursday unveiled a list of insurers who will offer coverage through the state's new health exchange marketplace, providing the first glimpse into plans and prices for up to 5.3 million people not covered by employers. Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California...
News Story
2/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
STERLING, VA – Perched by a computer monitor wedged between shelves of cough drops and the pharmacy in a bustling Walmart,  Mohamed Khader taps out answers to questions such as how often he eats vegetables, whether anyone in his family has diabetes and his age. While shopping at the Alexandria, Va., Walmart location, Aleisha Butler,...
News Release
11/28/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross could owe big refund checks to 730,000 Californians if its proposed rate hikes of up to 25% are deemed excessive thanks to an initiative voters will consider on the 2014 ballot.   The ballot measure requires health insurance companies to get approval before raising rates and allows that refunds be...
Blog Post
8/29/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Angela Braly was sacked as the head of health insurance giant Wellpoint yesterday - but not necessarily for the right reasons. Wall Street banks and billionaire investors complained about the company's profit margins and a slipping stock price. (Put that in perspective: Wellpoint had $13 billion in profits last year.) It’s an appropriate...
News Story
7/31/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
(CBS News) LOS ANGELES - You've probably never seen a rebate check from your health insurance company. But, for the first time, many consumers and businesses will be getting checks over the next few weeks. There's a little known part of the health care reform law that requires insurance companies to spend 80 percent of their premiums on...
Blog Post
7/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But since speculation by the big banks stole trillions in wealth from average Americans and devastated the world economy, I'd call a small tax on financial transactions more like taking our own money back. That’s why I’ll be marching with tens of thousands of people in DC...