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Blog Post
5/17/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
I was on a conference call about health reform today, and all the major insurance companies were on it as well. Here's one signature moment that defines how insurers are aiming to neuter health reform by making outrageous demands, lobbying regulators just as hard as they lobbied Congress to weaken the legislation (remember the murder of the '...
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...
News Release
4/1/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog said Massachusetts' rejection today of excessive and unreasonable health insurance rate increases shows the need for effective "prior approval" rate regulation in every state to ensure that health insurers charge fair prices under national health reform legislation, which is modeled on Massachusetts...
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...