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Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Chairmen of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over health care reform sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius on Tuesday clarifying their intent on a particularly controversial provision in the health care law, resolving a long dispute and throwing a wrench into the insurance industry's lobbying efforts. As the NAIC works on crafting...
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
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...
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
6/4/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, x309; or Naomi Seligman, x318
Desperate Mercury Insurance Dumps Another Million into $16 Million Campaign and Distributes Last Minute Mailer from Phony “Consumer Coalition” Santa Monica, CA — Facing a surge of voter opposition in the last few days of its campaign for Proposition 17, sponsor Mercury Insurance injected another $1 million dollars into its...
News Release
5/17/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0708; or 310-526-0747
Mercury Asking Dep’t of Insurance for $32 Million Rate Hike On Its Car Insurance Policyholders; Company Would Recoup All Its Money From $10 Million Prop 17 Campaign If Rate Hike is Approved Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance, the sponsor of Prop 17, is pushing regulators to allow a $32 million rate increase for California drivers insured...
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...