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Blog Post
5/1/2012
By Carmen Balber
One million Californians will be slammed today with health insurance rate hikes as high as 20%. Consumer Watchdog Campaign has a solution. Watch this short, funny movie trailer about an alternative future with no rate hikes, and share it with your friends. Health insurance price hikes recur more often than Groundhog Day -- Spring, Summer...
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.
Blog Post
10/21/2010
By Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
News Release
10/21/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Watchdogs Call For Rate Freeze by President Until Pricing Rules Take Effect   WASHINGTON, DC -- State insurance commissioners sent rules to the Department of Health and Human Services today that will require insurers to spend more money on health care and less on administration and profits. Regulators should be applauded for rejecting last...
News Release
10/20/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043 or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
In years past, a profit result like United HealthCare's 26% increase in the third quarter would spike the stock price. Not so on Tuesday, because investors are worried that insurance companies' profit rocket will slow down next year as health reform requirements kick in. That, in a nutshell, is why the insurance industry is spending tens of...
Blog Post
10/11/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The passage of a law means nothing to the lobbying industry. It only means refocusing on regulators, and if that fails, changing the law that was passed. Lobbyists for health insurance brokers are in the middle stage: demanding that the White House protect their big sales commissions--up to 20s on each policy-- by crippling a key part of the law....
News Release
10/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...