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Blog Post
1/5/2012
By Carmen Balber
I'm starting to recognize that guy behind the podium. President Obama took a strong stand for consumers not once, but twice, yesterday, first when he did an endrun around Wall Street (and Senate) obstructionists to finalize the appointment of his nominee to head the new financial consumer watchdog agency, and again when his Dept. of Health...
Blog Post
12/20/2011
By Carmen Balber
Health reform advocates are still sorting out the implications of the shocker of an announcement that came out of the Dept. of Health and Human Services this Friday. In a move that could be a blessing for some consumers and a curse for others, HHS punted to the states the most anxiously-anticipated rule in the federal health reform law: the...
Blog Post
11/29/2011
By Carmen Balber
The Obama administration yesterday rejected efforts by Indiana and Louisiana to evade the only rule in the federal health reform law that requires insurance companies to cut back on excessive waste, salaries and profits. Indiana and Louisiana wanted to exempt insurers in their states from the rule requiring health insurance companies to spend...
Blog Post
11/16/2011
By Moira Dhaliwal
Have you ever been frustrated because you had to transfer medical records between doctors or forgotten when you had your last immunization? These frustrations could be a thing of the past with the emergence of electronic health records (EHR); when EHR are completely adopted, doctors across all specialties will be able to access all of their...
News Release
11/14/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog joined national consumer groups to mobilize members today and demand that state insurance commissioners reject a proposal to increase health insurance industry sales commissions and profits at the expense of individuals struggling to pay for insurance. Consumer Watchdog called on state insurance regulators to...
Blog Post
11/7/2011
By Carmen Balber
Thank you to everyone who made a call and helped block this sneak vote pushed by health insurance companies and their salespeople to boost industry profits and broker salaries. The insurance industry and its allies have made numerous attempts to force a vote on their plan to gut a key consumer protection rule at a meeting of the National...
Blog Post
10/6/2011
By Judy Dugan
Congressional opponents of health care reform seem to be getting their messaging from online "Belly Fat" ads. Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana (R) has proposed "two simple cuts" for deficit reduction: kill a modest expansion of Medicaid and cancel all of the health insurance tax credits that would be offered to the working poor...
Blog Post
6/22/2011
By Carmen Balber
Here's another condemnation of the broken for-profit health insurance system that only takes care of those who can pay. This story is sweeping the web because every one of us is afraid this could one day be us. A North Carolina man entered a bank and gave the teller a note demanding $1. He then sat down in the lobby to wait for the police...
Blog Post
4/26/2011
By Judy Dugan
What are the lobbyists for the California health insurance industry smoking? At a legislative hearing today on allowing the state insurance commissioner to review and approve or modify health premium increases, the California Health Insurance Plans lobbyist said patients in California don't need that, because "California is a success...
Blog Post
4/14/2011
By Carmen Balber
Hilda Sarkisyan became a tireless advocate for change when she lost her daughter Nataline to cancer after their insurance company denied coverage for a potentially life-saving transplant. Wendell Potter was an executive at that insurance company when Nataline’s death became the final wake-up call that led him to leave the industry and...