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News Release
12/5/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported today that insurance companies had boosted profits instead of passing on savings to consumers under provisions of the health reform law that require at least 80% of consumer premiums go to medical care instead of overhead. The report recommends rate regulation and additional measures...
Blog Post
12/5/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Health insurance companies are raising rates by double digits AGAIN. The difference this time is that we can make them pay us back with a refund! Please watch this one minute video and join us in getting a refund of our excessive premium dollars. Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates by up to 25%. Aetna, Kaiser, Health Net, and United HealthCare...
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...
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are questioning the fairness of requiring Americans to buy health coverage under the Affordable Care Act if the government can't control the rates insurance companies charge. To keep prices in check, the health reform law instituted a procedure known as rate review, by which state insurance departments evaluate carriers...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
OLDWICK, N.J. -- A debate is brewing over health insurance coverage for small businesses, with consumer advocates contending that very small employers will try to self insure and use medical stop-loss insurance with low deductibles to avoid compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In employer-sponsored health benefits,...
News Story
8/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaints about WellPoint chief Angela Braly have intensified since last month's disappointing earnings news. The health insurer says recent deals Braly orchestrated put it on track for growth. Investors in health insurance giant WellPoint Inc., which runs Anthem Blue Cross in California, are pressing for a change in top management as...
Blog Post
8/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Senator Jon Tester announced his support for legislation to give state insurance commissioners the authority to say no when insurance companies propose excessive and unjustified premium increases. Tester endorsed a bill sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein of CA, (S 137), to require oversight and approval of health insurance premiums. 35 states...
Video
8/20/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Rebate checks from health insurance companies did come in the mail to many Americans, even if they weren't as big as they should have been. A little-known rule under federal health reform calls for health insurers to spend at least 80% of their premium on actual health care, limiting profit and overhead to 20%. Jamie Court discusses its...
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...