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Blog Post
11/22/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
An analysis just released by California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, offers the first real insight into the depth of the Obamacare cancellation crisis. About 450,000 of the 900,000 cancelled California policyholders will see rate hikes, according to the analysis released by Covered California.  That’s 50% of...
News Story
11/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, the Covered California board unanimously decided that insurers will not be allowed to continue selling policies in 2014 that do not meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum coverage requirements, USA Today reports (Kennedy/Welch, USA Today, 11/21). Background About one million individual policyholders in California recently were...
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
5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Huge insurer Mercury Insurance Group has lost part of its ongoing legal challenge over homeowners insurance rates. Sacramento Superior Court rejected Mercury's petition to delay implementing a rate decrease ordered by state regulators. As a result, about 270,000 Californians who insure their homes through Mercury will save more than $16.5...
News Release
5/8/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Casualty Company must implement an 8% rate decrease to its homeowners insurance rates as required by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, according to a ruling issued by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon on Tuesday, denying Mercury’s request to delay the decrease from taking effect....
News Release
4/2/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –Anthem Blue Cross is again imposing an unreasonable rate increase on its small business customers, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company will not budge on this excessive rate hike. Working with an independent actuary, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog analyzed the data...
News Release
1/8/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross plans to go ahead with a 10.6% average annual health insurance rate hike on small business owners, despite the fact that an examination by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones found the rate increase to be unreasonable and unsupportable, the Insurance Commissioner announced today. An initiative...
Blog Post
12/31/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
With just a few hours left in 2012, we've almost reached our year-end fundraising goal and your last opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift this year. Before you head out to your New Year's celebration, do you have a moment to be the donor that puts us over the finish line? Carmen's blog gave you a glimpse of what we have in store...