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News Release
9/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-392-0522 x319; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Insurers, Employers Threaten to Drop Low-Benefit Employee Insurance If $750,000 Annual Benefit Limit Is Enforced   Washington, DC — Americans were promised meaningful health benefits under health reform and deserve better than the near-worthless junk insurance that low-wage employers are lobbying to preserve, said Consumer Watchdog....
News Release
8/31/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
Blog Post
8/30/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, "a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates." So it is remarkable that "progressive" San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour...
News Release
8/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075; or Jerry Flanagan, (310) 392-0522, ext 319
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...
Blog Post
8/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Wouldn't it be great if we could all deduct our federal income and investment taxes from next year's income? And if we could also deduct that stress-reducing trip to a spa in Bora Bora? And if the government would just take our word for it? Fantasy for us, but the health insurance industry think that's what federal health reform ought to allow, on...
Blog Post
8/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
If there's one thing the National Association of Insurance Commissioners don't see much of, it's public attention. Now, however, it's got the attention of the media, consumer advocates and at least part of an increasingly aware public. The spotlight may lead them to better decisions, even though insurance company lobbying has not diminished a bit...
News Release
8/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175, cell, or judy@consumerwatchdog.org
Insurance Commissioners and Obama Administration Must Resist More Weakening of Curbs on Industry Overhead and Profit, Says Consumer Watchdog Seattle, WA --The nation’s state insurance commissioners are making far-reaching decisions in Seattle this week on whether health insurance companies will spend more on health care, less on their own...
Blog Post
8/14/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It's livelier Saturday at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Seattle. Most refreshing was a medium-sized street demonstration, with forays into meeting rooms, by young and old demonstrators protesting lobbyist influence on health care reform. They handed out "lobbyist disinfectant packs," including soap and...
News Release
8/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043; or Judy Dugan, (213) 280-0175 (cell)
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama Administration to adopt new regulations requiring broad financial disclosures by health insurance companies to help insulate Americans from double-digit rate increases. Insurers should provide details of shadowy multibillion-dollar transfers to out-of-state affiliates and parent...
Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Chairmen of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over health care reform sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius on Tuesday clarifying their intent on a particularly controversial provision in the health care law, resolving a long dispute and throwing a wrench into the insurance industry's lobbying efforts. As the NAIC works on crafting...