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Blog Post
1/14/2011
By Jamie Court
After Blue Shield shocked the nation with 59% premium hikes in California last week, the company just refused a request from the elected insurance commissioner to stop the increases for 60 days.  Blue Shield is making the case for tough premium regulation, because is has proven that it has the power to raise rates as much as it wants at...
Video
1/7/2011
In the wake of Blue Shield's 59% rate hike, Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber discusses the current need in nearly every state for public officials to have the power to review and reject the crippling rate hikes currently being imposed by health care providers.
News Release
1/6/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller + Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates are calling Blue Shield's 59% premium hike Exhibit A for legislation that would allow the Insurance Commissioner to curb health insurers' rate hikes.  California Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-LA) has introduced AB 52, which would require health insurers to receive approval from the state before...
Legal Update
1/4/2011
By Jerry Flanagan
On Other Key Issues, Ruling Leaves Autistic Children at Risk; Brown Administration Urged to Take Action A Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a ruling late Monday finding in part that the Schwarzenegger Administration illegally changed state policy relating to autism coverage without following the required public process.  However...
Blog Post
12/22/2010
By Judy Dugan
Massachusetts has the highest or near-highest health insurance premiums of any state in the nation and it's the only state that mandates the purchase of health insurance by every resident. Yet the health insurance industry, in hunting for ways to sell the mandate to Americans who hate the idea,  has concocted a ruse that a lot...
Blog Post
12/13/2010
By Jamie Court
If anything can save Democrats now, it's populism -- the notion that standing with 80% of Americans is real power. That's why the White House and progressives should be cheering the decision by a conservative Virginia judge to strike down the highly-unpopular federal mandate to purchase health insurance and preserve the rest of the...
Legal Update
12/9/2010
By Jerry Flanagan
We have cleared the final hurdle before going to trial next Monday on our suit against the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), the state's largest health insurance regulator, for illegally siding with insurance companies over autism treatment delays. This week, a Sacramento judge refused the DMHC's request to transfer our case to...
Blog Post
12/7/2010
By Judy Dugan
The news of Elizabeth Edwards' death Monday struck all of us. She was a personal hero, a battler for the rights--especially health care--that so many Americans lack. When Edwards was the main speaker and honoree at Consumer Watchdog's 2007 Rage for Justice dinner, she had an audience of hundreds sobbing. Not just for Edwards, who...
Blog Post
12/2/2010
By Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined 17 consumer and patient safety organizations today to condemn a proposal by the President’s debt commission to impose drastic limits on the rights of injured patients as a deficit-cutting measure. The groups wrote: The recommendation to impose cruel liability restrictions on patients injured by the medical...
Blog Post
12/1/2010
By Carmen Balber
  Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy: Would appropriate a catch phrase to describe online marketing: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - because what websites and data collectors tell you is different from what they tell advertisers. Companies are targeting the unconscious mind, using behavioral,...