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8/4/2013
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says there is too much secrecy in the Affordable Care Act contract process. He is supportng legislation that would reduce the secrecy. He also talks to NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial "MICRA" CAP.
News Release
4/4/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...
News Release
4/2/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA –Anthem Blue Cross is again imposing an unreasonable rate increase on its small business customers, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company will not budge on this excessive rate hike. Working with an independent actuary, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog analyzed the data...
Blog Post
2/28/2013
By Jamie Court
A pro-consumer candidate to the Federal Trade Commission, who had the backing of the entire public interest community, really wanted the job. But this candidate didn’t want allies to go public for fear of alienating the White House. What happened?  Today POTUS hosed us and gave the keys to the FTC to corporate attorney Edith Ramirez....
News Release
2/19/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog; or Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas LLC
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to consumer complaints and a class action lawsuit on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients in California, Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to suspend a program that would have barred patients from purchasing certain specialty medications at local pharmacies.  Under the program, patients would have been required to obtain...
News Release
2/14/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Insurance announced today that a 17.9% average health insurance rate increase paid by 630,000 Anthem Blue Cross customers on February 1st has been reduced to 13.9%. Anthem should never have charged its customers the double-digit increase, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, but regulators in...
News Release
1/25/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Washington DC -- Health insurance giant Wellpoint today announced a 38% profit increase in the 4th quarter of 2012, as compared to last year, for a total $2.7 billion in net profits for 2012. The insurance company continues to pad its profits even as the growth of health care costs remains at record-low levels and the company is forcing double-...
News Release
1/8/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross plans to go ahead with a 10.6% average annual health insurance rate hike on small business owners, despite the fact that an examination by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones found the rate increase to be unreasonable and unsupportable, the Insurance Commissioner announced today. An initiative...
Blog Post
12/7/2012
By Carmen Balber
Reporters largely missed the point of a Commonwealth Fund study released this week, that looked at consumer savings under Obamacare's 80-20 rule, the rule making insurance companies spend at least 80% of your premiums on health care, not overhead.  The authors started with a fact we already knew -- that health insurance companies had to...
News Release
12/5/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported today that insurance companies had boosted profits instead of passing on savings to consumers under provisions of the health reform law that require at least 80% of consumer premiums go to medical care instead of overhead. The report recommends rate regulation and additional measures...