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Blog Post
2/28/2012
By Carmen Balber
For the third time in three years, the Maine Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Anthem Blue Cross to a rate increase decision by then-state insurance superintendent Mila Kofman. Kofman found a proposed 9.2% rate hike by Anthem was excessive. She limited the increase to 5.2%, in part by reducing the company's profit margin in light of the...
Video
2/21/2012
Jamie Court's appearance on Midday Sunday, discussing the campaign to get a proposition on the California ballot which will force health insurers to justify their rates before they take effect. Sign the petition at JustifyRates.org.
Blog Post
2/13/2012
By Carmen Balber
Two heavyweights - Senator Dianne Feinstein and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones - went to bat for health reform at the Democratic Convention in San Diego this weekend, and activists' embrace of their call to action was loud and immediate. In a luncheon speech on Saturday, Senator Feinstein went after health insurance companies for...
Video
2/9/2012
Patients facing 15% rate hikes March 1st took their complaints to Blue Shield yesterday, and signed a ballot petition outside the insurer's San Francisco headquarters to make health insurance companies publicly justify rates before they take effect.  Blue Shield is sitting on $3.1 billion in excess surplus - 1400% the minimum surplus...
News Release
2/8/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
CONSUMER WATCHDOG CAMPAIGN NEWS RELEASE: San Francisco, CA -- Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, but still plans to raise rates on more than 200,000 policyholders by as much as 14.9%, said Blue Shield policyholders and consumer advocates in a protest outside the company's offices today. They...
Blog Post
2/7/2012
By Jamie Court
Shouldn't the CEOs of health insurance companies like Blue Shield have to sign under penalty of perjury that their rate hikes are justified? If the first online signature gathering for a ballot petition is successful, Californians will vote on that proposition in November, and are almost sure to approve. One year ago I stood at the Blue...
Video
2/3/2012
Susan Braig, a cancer survivor who is uninsured after her health insurance premiums rose too high, was one of the first to sign the petition for the ballot measure to require health insurers to get rate increases approved.   You can download and sign the petition at JustifyRates.org!
Video
2/2/2012
Patients facing unaffordable health insurance premiums join consumer advocates to launch an all-volunteer signature-gathering driver to get health reform on the November ballot Download and sign the petition at JustifyRates.org!
Blog Post
2/2/2012
By Jamie Court
We are doing it! Today we launched our ballot initiative drive to force health insurance companies to publicly justify their rates and get permission for rate hikes. If you are a registered voter in California, your signature today can stop outrageous health insurance premium increases.  Please: 1) Click on this link: www.Justify Rates....
News Release
2/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Patients facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, including one who is now uninsured due to rising prices, joined consumer advocates today to launch an historic all-volunteer signature-gathering effort to qualify an initiative measure for California’s November ballot to regulate health insurance rates. ...