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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
3/24/2010
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...
Blog Post
3/17/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
America's largest health insurance and services conglomerate thinks a health reform bill is likely to pass. And it has a plan already for making maximum profit out of the change. Here's an internal document from United Health Group to its employees that sees killing traditional Medicare as a big profit opportunity, and the two years of delay...
Blog Post
3/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Who says legislative procedure is dull? The final machinations leading to a health care vote have me by the throat: What arcane rules will prevail? Which way will the bloody cage match over the shrinking number of House swing votes go? In the background is a shocking loss of health insurance in California. Yet one of the weirdest developments is a...
Blog Post
3/11/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
The latest round of exorbitant health insurance rate increases nationally has helped more and more people recognize what Consumer Watchdog has been arguing for the last year: Congress cannot require all Americans to purchase insurance from the for-profit insurance industry without real oversight of what they charge ... Consumer Watchdog insurance...
Blog Post
3/10/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Consumer Watchdog's calls for tough and open health insurance rate regulation are being echoed and amplified. The latest instance is in Connecticut, the home state of insurance companies, where Attorney General Earl Blumenthal recently proposed major reforms that would require the state to review and reject, modify or allow a rate change before it...
News Release
3/10/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- Harvey Rosenfield, author of California’s landmark insurance regulation Proposition 103—recognized as the most successful insurance regulation in the country—was joined today by people struggling to pay for health insurance in calling on President Obama and Congress to impose a national freeze on health...