By Connor Finney
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Health Committee voted decisively to move S.B. 562 to the floor of the Senate. The Healthy California Act would establish a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system in the state, ensuring that all Californians have access to affordable healthcare. The bill was proposed by Senator Toni Atkins and Senator Ricardo...
KCAL 9, Los Angeles: GOP healthcare plan makes coverage unaffordable for many, Consumer Watchdog says
The GOP's proposed American Healthcare Act would drive up prices for the elderly, sick, and those with lower incomes says Consumer Watchdog.
Anthem Consumers in California Discover Health Plans No Longer Provide Out-of-Network Coverage After End of 2017 Enrollment Period
CONTACT Jerry Flanigan
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers are just beginning to discover that Anthem eliminated coverage for out-of-network doctors now that the Affordable Care Act “Open Enrollment Period” to secure health coverage for 2017 ended on January 31. “Anthem broke the law and its promises to consumers by illegally eliminating...
By Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred...
Reporter Randy Paige talks with Consumer Watchdog's Jerry Flanagan about what consumers should know about the coming battle over changes with the Affordable Care Act.
Anthem Sued for Misrepresentations of Coverage in Obamacare “Open Enrollment Period” That Begins Today
CONTACT Laura Antonini & Travis Corby
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates announced a lawsuit today to block Anthem from terminating its individual PPO health plans in California currently scheduled for January 1, 2017. Anthem Blue Cross is claiming to ‘renew’ coverage for 2017 when in fact it is not adequately informing consumers that the new plans provide no...
A Santa Monica-based consumer-advocacy group sued Anthem Blue Cross Tuesday, accusing the insurer of misleading customers by sending them policy renewal notices without adequately warning them the plans no longer provide coverage for out-of-network physicians.
View on YouTube On NPR, Consumer Watchdog's Executive Director Carmen Balber discusses the risks of patient information being exploited by tech firms.
Consumer Watchdog: Lack of CA Rate Regulation Leads To Double Digit Premium Increases At Covered California
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the 13.2% rise in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California is the result of the state’s failure to enact health insurance rate regulation like nearly 40 other states. “These outrageous premium hikes are the consequence of California’s failure to adopt health...
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...