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Blog Post
6/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It was nice of the New York Times to print a story on the fast rise of health insurance premiums nationwide, just a day before President Obama's meeting with health insurance executives about rising premiums. The president needs all the help he can get, since the final health reform law gives government exactly zero power to control insurance...
Blog Post
6/8/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Anthem Blue Cross just sent out the warmest, fuzziest letter to policyholders, touting the generous, caring steps it is taking since the health reform bill passed. It made me gag. The first thing the letter brags about--that Blue Cross won't cancel your policy when you get sick--is what it is being forced to do after ruining the lives of seriously...
Blog Post
5/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Consumer Watchdog has been warning for weeks that the health reform law will be riddled with costly loopholes if insurers get their way in implementing the regulations that control big expansions in health coverage. It's a hard slog, especially when you're talking about technical, math-laden stuff like "medical loss ratio" and "rate...
News Release
5/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber: 202-629-3043 or 310-403-0284; or Judy Dugan 213-280-0175
HHS Must Push to Curb Spiraling Rates, Prevent Gaming of Reform Act’s Limits on Insurer Overhead, Waste and Profit   Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog, in comments today on new federal regulations to implement health reform, urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve consumers, not the insurance industry, in...
News Release
4/29/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said that the California Department of Insurance’s disclosure today that independent actuaries found Anthem Blue Cross made major mistakes in filings for its 39% premium increase should fuel a national movement to require all health insurers to justify all of their rates.   The Department found...
Blog Post
4/20/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Wall Street was moderately pleased today that the first-quarter profits of United Healthcare, the biggest health care company in the U.S., jumped 21 percent in the first quarter. By definition, that means the rest of us shouldn't be, because every dollar spent on overhead--including profit--is a dollar less spent on making us healthier. That's the...
Blog Post
4/20/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Did you hear the one about the actuary and the federal regulator who walked into the bar? No? Neither has anyone else. Which is why attention to the health reform law is dropping off the cliff now that all the "death panel" jokes are forgotten. Yet what's happening now, as reams of specific rules and regulations are written to make the...
News Release
4/20/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Feinstein Bill Would Close 'Enormous Hole' In Health Reform But Must Be Amended to Cut Industry Influence, Said Consumer Watchdog Washington, D.C. -- A health reform fix-it bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein that was debated in a Senate committee this morning aims at closing what Feinstein called an "enormous loophole" in the new federal...
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...