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News Release
4/15/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
U.S. Senate Report Finds That Insurers Re-Label Overhead, Administrative Costs as “Medical Care” to Meet New Law’s Requirement to Cut Overhead Washington, D.C. -- In advance of rules being written by the Obama Administration, health insurers are new health reform law by simply re-labeling administrative costs as "medical...
News Release
4/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama and Congress in a letter sent today to fix ten problem areas in the new federal health reform law that, if not addressed, will be exploited by health insurers and drug companies looking to charge more for less health care.   Download the letter here: http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org...
News Release
4/1/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog said Massachusetts' rejection today of excessive and unreasonable health insurance rate increases shows the need for effective "prior approval" rate regulation in every state to ensure that health insurers charge fair prices under national health reform legislation, which is modeled on Massachusetts...
Blog Post
3/31/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, after crafting a long campaign to deny global warming, is now going to spend $50 million against vulnerable lawmakers who said "yes" to the health reform bill. It's also assembling a pencil-toting army to weaken new regulations based on the health bill, and readying lawsuits. Why would the American Medical...
News Release
3/31/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912 cell; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Message to Investors Says Insurer Will Re-Label Overhead, Administrative Costs as “Medical Care” to Meet New Law’s Requirement to Cut Overhead Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services today to probe insurance giant WellPoint Inc. in light of an...
Blog Post
3/29/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Boy, that was fast. The ink was hardly dry on the health reform law when the insurance industry started saying that no matter what Congress thought it passed and no matter what President Obama said, they didn't have to let sick children have health coverage right away. As today's story in the New York Times shows, the insurance industry just can't...
Blog Post
3/26/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
With the health care reform overhaul near complete, here's a thumb-nail summary of the combined provisons in the reconciliation bill HR 4872 and and the new health care law it amends, prepared by CQ (subscription wall): EXPANSIONS OF COVERAGE • Extends health insurance coverage to about 32 million people who currently lack it, leading to...
Blog Post
3/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Everyone has a take on what will happen next on health reform. Consumer Watchdog, of course, is digging out the loopholes and trying to plug them before corporate lobbyists gain the upper hand. On the other hand, some ultraprogressives are so disappointed that they're joining hands with the "start over on a clean sheet of paper" crowd...
News Release
3/23/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Jones/Feuer Legislation Addresses Blue Cross 39% Rate Increase, Would Require Insurers to Get "Prior Approval” Sacramento, CA – A crucially needed bill to control health insurance premiums through rate regulation passed its first test with majority approval today by the Health Committee of the California Assembly, after Consumer...
News Release
3/19/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Harvey Rosenfield, 310-392-0522 x303
Santa Monica, CA – In a letter to California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Consumer Watchdog said internal communications of Anthem Blue Cross of California’s parent company, WellPoint, obtained by Congress show intent to deceive state regulators, and called for Poizner to conduct a rigorous and public review of Blue Cross...