By Moira Dhaliwal
Have you ever been frustrated because you had to transfer medical records between doctors or forgotten when you had your last immunization? These frustrations could be a thing of the past with the emergence of electronic health records (EHR); when EHR are completely adopted, doctors across all specialties will be able to access all of their...
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...
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...
Health Insurers Push Last-Minute Loopholes To Gut Rules Requiring Premiums Be Spent On Health Care, Not Overhead -- Watchdogs Ask President For Rate Freeze
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...
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...
Anthem Blue Cross, Auto Insurers Add Another $875,000 to Stealth Campaign Aimed at Influencing Insurance Commissioner Race
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
Consumer Watchdog Urges White House to Reject Bid by Notorious Junk Insurance Company to Evade Health Reform
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...
President Obama Should Issue An Executive Order Freezing Health Insurance Premium Increases Until Insurers Justify Unreasonable Increases As Required By Health Reform
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to issue an Executive Order freezing health insurance premiums to protect consumers from unjustified and unreasonable increases until new rules under the health reform law requiring public justification of unreasonable premium hikes take effect. Recently announced health insurance...
Posted by Judy Dugan
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
Consumer Watchdog To Obama: Use Regulatory And State Ballot Measures If You Don't Want Health Insurers To Play Politics With Lives Via Rate Hikes
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 327; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans. "The health insurance industry...