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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
4/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, 310-392-0522, ext. 318, or Harvey Rosenfield, ext. 303
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Department of Insurance (CDI) today said that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17, has overcharged and discriminated against California customers for over fifteen years, including failing to deliver discounts required by state law and imposing unlawful surcharges. Consumer advocates said that...
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...
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...
News Release
3/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog’s Washington Director, Carmen Balber, made the following comments on consumer protection in financial reform legislation proposed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd:   “Legislation released by Chairman Dodd on consumer financial protection would hamstring a new consumer regulator...
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...
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...
Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of California's landmark insurance regulation, is the original expert on making insurance companies friendlier to consumers. So when he outlines a plan to make health insurance more affordable--and combat price spikes like the recent 39% annual increase by Anthem Blue Cross--he's...
News Release
3/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Mark Reback, 310-392-0522, ext. 326
Santa Monica, CA - Anthem Blue Cross, the California subsidiary of the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., has used enormous rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage in violation of state law, according to a class action lawsuit filed today by Blue Cross policyholders and consumer...