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Blog Post
11/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Lost in the ongoing election postmortem was this report yesterday from the Congressional Budget Office that a bill being pushed by the insurance industry and its salespeople to eliminate one of the strongest consumer protections in the health reform law would increase the deficit by more than $1 billion and raise health insurance costs for...
News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- The consumer activists that defeated the Proposition 33 auto insurance initiative, despite their small budget, are crowing over their victory and spoiling for a new fight. This tiime, it's with the health insurance industry. Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica is winding up its own initiative on the 2014 ballot to regulate health...
News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The “B” word may have been the most lethal weapon against an automobile insurance portable persistency initiative put to Californians, the second such initiative in the last two years to be defeated. California’s Proposition 33, the 2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act, was defeated with 54.6 percent voting against it,...
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
Dogged by criticism, WellPoint CEO Angela Braly abruptly resigns, and the health insurance giant that runs Anthem Blue Cross in California names an interim CEO. Bowing to intense investor pressure, the chairwoman and chief executive of health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. abruptly resigned and the company named an interim CEO. The nation's...
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 Release
8/27/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Data released today by the Secretary of State shows a ballot measure to require health insurance companies to publicly justify rate increases should have been on the ballot this November, but was unnecessarily delayed to 2014 due to a flawed signature verification process, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign. The measure...
News Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Two decades ago, when my now 21-year-old son had a terrifying medical mishap that has left him blind and disabled for life, I sought out a consumer group that was advocating for patients. And since discovering Consumer Watchdog, over the last 20 years, we have exposed medical negligence, fought for better patient safety laws, won landmark...
News Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Secretary of State announced on Thursday that a ballot initiative to require health insurance companies to publicly justify and get approval for rate increases before they take effect has qualified for the 2014 ballot. Santa Monica, Calif.-based-Consumer Watchdog’s Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act...