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Blog Post
11/4/2011
By Carmen Balber
Like the horror movie monster that just won't die, insurance companies and the brokers who sell their products have again pressured state insurance regulators into voting on the industry plan to gut a key consumer protection in the health reform law. The secret vote, that even most insurance commissioners didn't know about until they got...
Legal Update
10/31/2011
Jerry Flanagan
This week more than 100,000 California Blue Cross consumers will receive notice of their right to change coverage under a settlement in the Feller v. Blue Cross class action lawsuit. Under the settlement, class members may (1) either change plans without medical underwriting to any one of the listed plans, or (2) remain in their current policy...
News Release
10/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog told the Obama Administration that Florida’s bid to escape a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law cannot be justified and joined calls for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold a public hearing into the state’s effort to evade minimum medical spending rules....
News Release
10/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Harvey Rosenfield
New York City, NY – The author of California’s insurance regulatory reform law testified in New York City today that insurance rate regulation is key to preventing medical malpractice insurance companies from price gouging doctors and preserving consumer access to health care.   California voters enacted insurance reform...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
By Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
Blog Post
10/13/2011
By Doug Heller
It is a masterful spin by the self-described not-for-profit Blue Shield of California to announce that it is returning all but two percent of its profits to its customers, as though this were some act of humble generosity.  It’s a little like a supermarket announcing that from now on it’s going to give back (almost) all of your...
Blog Post
10/12/2011
By Carmen Balber
The New York Times reported today that health insurance companies in New York are fighting to keep the reasons for insurance rate hikes secret. State insurance regulators have demanded the companies open their books to the public. In typical form, insurers are challenging the rule. New York’s financial services superintendent got it just...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
By Jamie Court
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported this week that health insurance premiums spiked 9% last year and surpassed $15,000 per year for a family of four. Employees are paying 168% more for their employer-sponsored health insurance than 13 years ago (vs 38% for inflation). Yet another painful reminder of the need to rein in California's...
Blog Post
9/26/2011
By Jamie Court
Thanks to your support, we ran the television advertisement about California State Senator Ed Hernandez about 300 times during the past week. Your vote was overwhelmingly in support of continuing the advertisement, and with your help we made an important point. Patients should matter more in Sacramento and the health insurance complex should...
News Release
9/19/2011
CONTACT Douglas Heller + Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog is sponsoring television ads in the San Gabriel Valley district of California State Senator Ed Hernandez to expose the fact that Hernandez, the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has earned more than $350,000 in rental income for the state’s largest health plan, Kaiser. “This level...