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Blog Post
7/6/2011
By Judy Dugan
Health insurance companies apparently have no problem taking opposite sides of an issue when it serves their bottom line. When it comes to California law, they hate regulation and will spend any amount of money and credibility to kill it. But when it comes to protecting the profits of insurance brokers at the expense of consumers, insurance...
News Release
6/30/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- With no public discussion and on a voice vote, a task force of state insurance regulators with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) voted to endorse legislation that would cost consumers billions in higher health insurance premiums and lost rebates under the federal health reform law. Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
6/23/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – A health reform regulation issued by the Obama administration late Wednesday bends toward industry demands and undermines rights granted to patients under federal health reform allowing them to appeal wrongful denials of care by health plans. Consumer Watchdog called on the administration to reverse changes in the rule and...
Blog Post
6/8/2011
By Judy Dugan
Health insurance companies aren't the only ones that raked in the dough as insurance premiums rose 138% over the last decade. Health insurance brokers, who get their pay as sales commissions from insurance companies, made out like bandits, too. A recent California Department of Insurance survey of four of the five top insurers in the state...
News Release
6/2/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California.  Prior to the vote the...
Blog Post
6/1/2011
By Judy Dugan
Los Angeles Times business columnist Mike Hiltzik offers a stark choice to state legislators in his Wednesday column. What'll it be, has asks: the millions of dollars that the insurance industry pours into your campaigns and treasure chests, or the millions of Californians battered by health premiums that kill the family budget or company...
News Release
5/26/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The CEO of the nonprofit health insurance company Blue Shield of California, Bruce Bodaken, earned $4.6 million in 2010, according to documents made public by the California Department of Insurance Wednesday.  Blue Shield paid its top ten executives more than $14 million combined last year. In January of this year,...
News Release
5/4/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – For the first time in American history a privacy proposal to give people the right to stop collection of their personal information online has passed a legislative committee. A bill that would give people the right to opt out of being tracked online passed its first hurdle in California as the Senate Judiciary Committee...
Video
5/3/2011
ABC-TV's Nannette Miranda covers Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court and John M. Simpson working for the passage of online privacy protections in California's Senate Bill 761. This is the first time in American history an online "Do Not Track Me" proposal has passed a legislative committee, or even had a hearing! You can...
News Release
4/12/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jeff Chester & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of consumer groups and privacy advocates welcomed the bipartisan effort by Senators John Kerry and John McCain to craft online privacy legislation today, but said their bill needs to be significantly strengthened if it is to effectively protect consumer privacy rights in today’s digital marketplace....