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Blog Post
1/15/2012
By Carmen Balber
California's health care system is broken. Health insurance premiums rose a whopping 153.5% since 2002, more than five times the rate of inflation. Health insurance companies set premiums in secret, and don't tell anyone how or why they raise our rates. It's no surprise that we're being ripped off. From the front page of this...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
By Carmen Balber
Federal health insurance regulators announced yesterday that the health insurance company Trustmark is trying to impose unreasonable rate hikes - that will mean multiple premium increases this year adding up to over 27% for some patients - on nearly 10,000 thousand people in 5 states. The federal health reform law requires review of premium...
News Release
1/4/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance premiums for California families rose 153% since 2002, more than five times the 29% increase in the rate of inflation, according to a new survey released Wednesday. “A 153% increase in health insurance premiums in just 10 years is unbearable and the fact that premiums have risen five times the...
Blog Post
12/28/2011
By Doug Heller
It was a shocking figure. Some Blue Shield policyholders were going to pay rate increases of 86%. Consumer Watchdog, together with nurses and patients, showed up at Blue Shield's headquarters in San Francisco to protest the greed that could lead to such an attempted rip-off. As we arrived, Blue Shield announced they were delaying the...
News Release
12/15/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to reject a bid by politicians in the state of Florida to evade a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law that requires insurance companies to reduce bloated bureaucracies and excessive profits to spend more on actual health care....
Blog Post
12/13/2011
By Judy Dugan
When I first noticed the ad below while hunting for cookie recipes, I was surprised to see a health insurance company buying a full page in the first pages of a cooking magazine. But reading it was another surprise. The headline touts "Free Annual Checkups," and the text of the Anthem Blue Cross ad takes credit for this brand-new...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
By Jerry Flanagan
When will health insurers get the message?  They can't raise our rates and cut our benefits and expect to get away with it! Drop us an email and help teach the insurance companies a lesson. Consumer Watchdog is now investigating recent rate increases on eight different health insurance plans sold by Blue Shield in California....
Blog Post
11/26/2011
By Jamie Court
The Los Angeles Times coverage today of CW founder Harvey Rosenfield and our proposed ballot measure to make health insurance companies publicly justify their rates before raising them drew an angry response from the health insurance industry. What does the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act do and how can you help?...
Blog Post
11/23/2011
By Judy Dugan
Last night when the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted by a bare majority to back an insurance industry plan to gut health insurance price protections in the federal health reform, Consumer Watchdog went nuts on the association. It was especially galling that brokers kept insisting it was for the good of consumers, that they...
News Release
11/22/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- State insurance commissioners voted narrowly Tuesday afternoon for a resolution aiming to gut a key consumer protection in the health reform law. The plan would cost consumers an estimated $1.1 billion in premium rebates and leave them open to major rate hikes, said Consumer Watchdog. The members of the National Association of...