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News Release
11/14/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog joined national consumer groups to mobilize members today and demand that state insurance commissioners reject a proposal to increase health insurance industry sales commissions and profits at the expense of individuals struggling to pay for insurance. Consumer Watchdog called on state insurance regulators to...
Blog Post
11/10/2011
By Judy Dugan
There's a reason people throw partiies on the day they get their Medicare card. People over the age of 50 who have struggled to pay for individual insurance that costs more than the mortgage--or had to go without health insurance--can only feel blessed relief about the red, white and blue card in their wallets. Even Tea Partiers who say they...
Blog Post
11/7/2011
By Carmen Balber
Thank you to everyone who made a call and helped block this sneak vote pushed by health insurance companies and their salespeople to boost industry profits and broker salaries. The insurance industry and its allies have made numerous attempts to force a vote on their plan to gut a key consumer protection rule at a meeting of the National...
Blog Post
11/6/2011
By Carmen Balber
You did it! I just confirmed that state insurance regulators postponed the secret vote urged by the insurance industry to gut the health reform rule that could force insurers to rein in waste and excessive profits.

 Thanks to your quick calls and messages, and the hard work of a few state regulators outraged over the stealth attack, a...
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...
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....
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
10/10/2011
By Carmen Balber
One of the pack of states that has challenged the health reform law in court, Indiana is now the latest state to have a final application pending with federal regulators to escape the law’s most basic consumer protection: the requirement that health insurers spend at least 80% of premiums on actual medical care, instead of administrative...
Blog Post
10/6/2011
By Judy Dugan
Congressional opponents of health care reform seem to be getting their messaging from online "Belly Fat" ads. Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana (R) has proposed "two simple cuts" for deficit reduction: kill a modest expansion of Medicaid and cancel all of the health insurance tax credits that would be offered to the working poor...
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...