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News Release
8/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell)
Insurers' Actions Mirror Credit Card Companies' Interest Rate Increases Ahead of New Consumer Rights   Washington, DC —Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy today asked the Obama administration to investigate how the major for-profit health insurance companies are reducing their proportion of spending on health care...
Blog Post
8/11/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
There are days when the idea of private health insurance companies running health reform are more ludicrous than others. Today, we find that health insurance CEOs are raking in ever-higher compensation--up to $110 million a year for one retiring CEO. This is obviously where a lot of our ever-rising premium dollars are going. The lead on the LA...
News Release
8/3/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 ext. 305
$1 Million Grant Would Bolster Industry-favored Schwarzenegger Plan, Help Kill Actual Regulation of Insurance Companies Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for a $1 million grant under the new health reform law. The grants are...
News Release
7/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell); or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
If Californians Have to Buy Health Insurance, Insurers Have to Be Regulated, Says Watchdog’s Letter to Gov. Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw weak pseudo-reforms of the health insurance industry that would bar strong regulation of health insurers. Schwarzenegger sent his proposals this...
Blog Post
7/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Can insurance company lobbying of federal health regulation be turned into a gripping spy thriller? OK, no. But this is as close as it gets... a Huffpost story by former insurance exec Wendell Potter. He's crystal-clear about the lengths to which for-profit insurance companies will go, if it means they can keep their record profits and obscene...
Blog Post
7/1/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
After meeting with health insurance executives two weeks ago, President Obama reiterated an oft repeated promise: "The CEOs here today need to know that they're going to be required to publicly justify unreasonable premium increases." It's been a common refrain from those proponents of reform who understand the public is fed up with...
News Release
6/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan 213-280-0175 (cell); or Jamie Court, 310-874-9989
Consumer Watchdog Says Average 15% Rate Could Still be Excessive Under Proposed ‘Prior Review’ Rate Regulations Santa Monica, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross of California, under fire for substantial math errors in its proposed health premium increases averaging 25%, has made the minimum possible reduction in reissuing its proposed increases,...
News Release
6/29/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell)
Letter to HHS Chief Sebelius Cites Lobbying, Legal Tactics of Insurers, and Premium Inflation by Wellpoint, Aetna in Advance of New Regulations Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to turn back health insurance industry lobbying against a chief early benefit of the new health reform...
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...