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News Story
10/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Many middle-class Californians with individual health plans are surprised they need policies that cover more — and cost more. Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the...
News Story
10/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
News Release
8/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...
News Story
6/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
As part of what advocates call the “next step” of the Affordable Care Act, California voters will consider an initiative next year that will empower regulators and consumer advocates to challenge health insurance premium rate hikes. Though healthcare reform, better known these days as Obamacare, gives the government the ability to...
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
11/29/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
California health insurers are proposing double-digit rate increases for hundreds of thousands of policyholders, drawing criticism that health insurers are padding their profits as the nation prepares to carry out the federal health care law. Anthem Blue Cross, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, wants to raise rates an...