Revisions to Health Care Reform Must Include Rate Freeze, Rate Regulation and States' Rights Provisions, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Judy Dugan, (310) 392-0522, ext. 305
Insurers Would Get Tens of Millions of New Customers Under Reform, and Owe Americans a Break from Audacious Rate Spikes By Anthem Blue Cross and Others Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to impose a national freeze on health insurance rates before health reform takes effect to protect consumers from premium hikes like...
Posted by Jamie Court
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has issued his final ballot label for Proposition 17, the Mercury Insurance-financed ballot measure to surcharge those with lapses in auto insurance coverage. Brown got the ballot label right this time, acknowledging Prop 17 allowed insurers to increase premiums, as well as lower prices, based on...
Rate Regulation for Health Insurance: Obama Administration Should Look to CA's Model Law Which Has Saved Drivers $62 Billion Since 1988
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- The consumer group that pioneered the most successful insurance premium regulation law in the nation, California's Proposition 103, today said only the extension of such "prior approval" regulation to health insurance can begin to make insurance affordable in the wake of double digit premium increases that have...
Posted by Jamie Court
Kevin Sack hits it right on the head in today's New York Times with his story about how Anthem's 39% premium increase in California embodies the need for health care reform, just as my colleague Dugan did last week when she talked about how Anthem had "jumped the shark." Some of my colleagues at Consumer Watchdog spent the weekend...
Internal Gov't Reports Show Mercury Insurance Discriminated Against Soldiers Unemployed, Domestic Partners, Small Biz - Reveal Motive Behind Prop 17
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, 310-392-0522, x318; or Harvey Rosenfield, x303
Mercury Insurance Initiative – Prop 17 – Will Legalize Unlawful Surcharges Uncovered by State Investigators Santa Monica, CA -- Newly released internal government reports show that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17 on California's June ballot, has a history of discrimination against members of the U.S. military,...
Internal reports prepared by California Department of Insurance (CDI) investigators show that Mercury Insurance Company used a variety of internal company rules – many unwritten – to overcharge or refuse to sell insurance to many Californians it deemed "unacceptable," including Americans serving in the military, small...
CONTACT CONTACT: Pam Pressley, (310) 392-0522, ext. 307; or Harvey Rosenfield, ext. 303
Consumer Watchdog, Dep't of Insurance Win Victory to Protect Prop 103, Save Policyholders Billions Santa Monica, CA – The California Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by the insurance industry to cripple the right of the public, under Proposition 103, to scrutinize and challenge unjustified rate increases. The Court agreed with...
Mercury Insurance Submits Initiative Signatures To Trick Voters Into Paying Higher Auto Insurance Premiums
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, (310) 392-0522, ext. 318; or Doug Heller, ext. 309
Campaign for Consumer Rights Warns Soldiers, Seniors and other Californians Would Be Penalized For Having a Lapse in Insurance Coverage, Even If They Weren't Driving (News Release by the Campaign for Consumer Rights) Santa Monica, CA — Auto Insurance giant Mercury Insurance is submitting signatures this week to place its deceptive...
The "Big 3" Fixes For the Weakened Senate Health Reform Bill To Block Full Insurance Co. Take-Over of Health System
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Calls For Preserving State Authority, Ban on Annual Benefit Limits, & Effective Rate Regulation WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog condemned the removal of the Medicare buy-in provision for those over 55 and the public option from the U.S. Senate health reform bill. But the group said that the Senate must...
For a graph of the nearly $2 billion California consumers saved between 2003 and 2010, click here. Below is a chart of Consumer Watchdog's pending and completed challenges to insurance companies' proposed rate changes in California. Pending PENDING Company/Group Line Description...