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News Release
2/1/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller + Jamie Court
San Francisco, CA – Just as Blue Shield policyholders, nurses and consumer advocates arrived at Blue Shield's San Francisco headquarters today, the company announced it would delay its massive rate hikes by 60 days. Previously, the company had refused Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' request for a delay, even as several other...
Blog Post
1/21/2011
By Carmen Balber
The new Republican House majority plowed forward with its anti-health care agenda in DC this week. However, the campaign invective calling for the "repeal" of the job-killing health care bill has officially morphed into “replace” talking points - an explicit acknowledgement that the consumer protections and insurance market...
News Release
1/20/2011
CONTACT Jamie Court + Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on Blue Shield Thursday to disclose its CEO's salary and justify how it can hold 12 times the surplus required by the state while raising Californians' rates by 59%. Blue Shield is the only major health insurer in California that conceals its top executives' salaries from the...
Blog Post
12/22/2010
By Judy Dugan
Massachusetts has the highest or near-highest health insurance premiums of any state in the nation and it's the only state that mandates the purchase of health insurance by every resident. Yet the health insurance industry, in hunting for ways to sell the mandate to Americans who hate the idea,  has concocted a ruse that a lot...
News Release
12/21/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber + Judy Dugan
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama administration to subject all health insurance rate increases imposed since the approval of the health reform law to new regulations issued by HHS today. The new rule requires public justification and review of any health insurance rate increase of 10% or greater.   The group...
News Release
12/13/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court + Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- Consumers and the White House should celebrate a decision by a Virginia judge  to strike down the highly unpopular federal mandate to purchase health insurance and preserve the rest of the federal health care reform law. “Today's ruling makes clear that the popular and progressive parts of healthcare reform...
News Release
11/22/2010
CONTACT Judy Dugan & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC — Federal rules issued today on how much health insurers must spend on health care vs. administration and profit are nearly unchanged from the proposals sent to the Department of Health and Human Services by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. HHS deserves credit for resisting a lobbyist onslaught demanding...
News Release
11/10/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Judy Dugan
Washington, DC — Consumer Watchdog today warned the White House that the insurance industry is still intent on demolishing modest consumer protections in the health reform law, and outlined the most damaging industry demands in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The letter, noting that the chief industry lobbying group is hiring...
Blog Post
10/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The first major set of health reform regulations, governing the "medical loss ratio," resembles the victim of a Mob kneecapping--hobbled but surviving--after a corporate lobbying onslaught. And the fight is not yet over. It's just moved from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to the White House. Which raises the...
News Release
10/21/2010
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...