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10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Students with parents who have health insurance can now stay on their plans until they are 26, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But when young people strike out on their own as app developers, artists, therapists, graphic designers or any other kind of entrepreneur looking to buy their own insurance, they will discover California is still the...
News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
With just over a week until election day, backers of Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative, are finally putting ads on television. Though their opponents have used a $55-million campaign war chest to flood the airwaves, Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica activist group that put the measure on the ballot, only has $1...
News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45, which would give rate-regulation authority over health insurance to the state’s elected insurance commissioner, would mostly affect roughly 6 million Californians who buy their own insurance or get it through their employment with a small business (50 or fewer employees). The issue has surfaced several times in the state...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO – A giant stink bomb was dropped outside the San Diego offices of Blue Shield Thursday by supporters of Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would require health insurance companies to disclose rate changes publically. A consumer “watchdog” group dumped a wheelbarrow-full of manure on the front door of Blue Shield...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 45—Healthcare Insurance. Rate changes, initiative statute.  This initiative requires the State Insurance Commissioner to approve rates and policy changes set by health insurance providers before they can be passed on to consumers. It will exempt large employers, but applies to the...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --A new poll out shows Proposition 45 may be headed for defeat. Prop 45 would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to veto rate increases on health insurance, just as he can now for auto insurance. Currently, only 39 percent of voters say they'll vote for it. The proposition asks voters if they think the...
News Story
10/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Editorial: Prop. 45: Health Insurance. Allows state’s insurance commissioner to reject health insurance price changes. Requires insurance commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurers offering plans through Covered California likely will continue to have narrow physician networks during the state health insurance exchange's second open enrollment period, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times. Background More than 170 complaints have been filed against Anthem Blue Cross over the insurer's...
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9/26/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important...
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9/26/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important...