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News Story
11/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Steve Goldsberry said he knows what California's decision not to allow canceled health insurance policies to be extended will cost him. "Six grand a year," said the Simi Valley general contractor who believes he may end up paying $500 more a month because his current policy doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's standards....
News Release
11/21/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of California's health insurance marketplace today voted to block a reprieve on health insurance cancellations proposed by President Obama last week and to allow health insurance companies to hike rates on 50% of cancelled Californians. The move shows the need for regulation of health insurance prices in...
News Story
11/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
(11-21) 15:46 PST SACRAMENTO -- Covered California, the state's health exchange, on Thursday rejected President Obama's request to let insurers extend their current health policies, a decision that affects about 1 million Californians who have coverage that doesn't comply with the requirements of the federal health law. The...
News Story
11/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- It's all systems go for the federal health care law, at least in California, after the state on Thursday spurned President Barack Obama's directive that would allow millions of Americans to extend their current health insurance policies through 2014. The five-member board of Covered California, the state's health...
Blog Post
11/19/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Regulation of insurance companies, introduced by Proposition 103, could repair a loophole in the Affordable Care Act. "We didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law," an apologetic President Obama said this month, shortly after millions of Americans got notices from their health insurance companies that their...
News Story
11/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer Watchdog, is the author of Proposition 103. His Op-Ed Commentary below was originally published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  The online version can be viewed here. Regulation of insurance companies, introduced by Proposition 103, could repair a loophole in the Affordable Care...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama’s move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President...
News Story
11/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Squeezed between Obamacare's twin goals of containing health care costs and upgrading medical benefits, insurance companies are squeezing back. Welcome to the "skinny" medical provider network. The insurers say they are pressured to keep premiums in check but have been left with fewer tools to do it. Health plans that applied to...
News Story
11/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The nationwide furor over the cancellation of millions of individual health insurance policies gained momentum Tuesday as pressure built on Congress and the Obama administration to fix the problem. The news came in waves: In an interview with an online magazine, former President Bill Clinton urged President Barack Obama to allow those individuals...
News Release
11/5/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica -- In response to the news that Blue Shield is delaying its cancellation of policies for 90 days, following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered...