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News Story
7/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast.     Covered California officials are raising concerns about Proposition 45, a November ballot measure that would regulate the price of health insurance. The measure would allow the state insurance commissioner to reject health insurance price increases found to be...
News Release
7/2/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s health insurance exchange, the agency responsible for administering the federal health care law, does not provide official email addresses to members of its governing board. So it became an issue last month when a consumer group requested from the exchange a long list of public records, including any communications between...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians paid a quarter of a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a 15-month period ended last year that were deemed excessive by state regulators, a consumer group said Wednesday. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, which released the figures on Wednesday, is pushing Proposition 45, a ballot...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Kicking off a major ballot fight this year, California lawmakers pressed the state's insurance commissioner to defend a proposal that would grant his agency sweeping new authority over health insurance rates. At a legislative hearing Wednesday, backers and opponents of the statewide ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation called...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — A turf war over health insurance regulation broke out in the Legislature on Wednesday, pitting the state's new health insurance-purchasing exchange against Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and other supporters of a November ballot initiative. Proposition 45 would give the insurance commissioner authority to review...
Video
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes.
Video
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
State records show a million Californians shelled out more than $250 million in health insurance premiums over 15 months last year. Danielle Karson reports a proposed ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to justify rate hikes.
News Story
6/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen last week announced six initiatives have qualified for the November ballot -- two of them health-related. The deadline for ballot qualification was June 26. Proponents of two other health-related measures had hoped to make the November 2014 election, but the Secretary of State's office is holding them...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield of California have contributed $23.8 million to defeat a November ballot initiative that would allow California's insurance commissioner to deny health premium increases seen as excessive. The funding went to Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a lobbying group backed by insurers, the California Medical...