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News Release
6/2/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California.  Prior to the vote the...
Video
6/2/2011
In the past year, two of California's major health insurance companies have announced double-digit rate increases; both were scaled back under enormous public pressure. Now, there's a movement to allow state regulators to say no to unreasonable rate hikes.
Blog Post
5/24/2011
By Judy Dugan
Can you hear Blue Cross screaming in the distance? Vermont is about to hit the road toward a real (if modified) single-payer health care--Medicare, but for everyone. Cut out the middlemen, save some money, cover more people. In Washington, insurance companies are deploying their lobbying might to chip apart the gargantuan federal health reform...
News Release
5/19/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Final health reform regulations issued today by the Obama administration fail to require health insurance companies to make enough information public to prevent unreasonable rate increases, said Consumer Watchdog.   The regulation issued by HHS requires review of any health insurance rate increase of 10% or greater...
Blog Post
5/12/2011
By Carmen Balber
Health insurance premiums are increasing at a rate faster than medical inflation, especially in the volatile individual and small group markets, and worker incomes have not kept pace. The passage of the federal reform law triggered further outsized increases by insurance companies apparently seeking to establish high base rates in advance of the...
Blog Post
5/11/2011
By Judy Dugan
Washington D.C. -- It's hard to imagine that a briefing on rate regulation and a new Consumer Watchdog report would draw a fascinated audience, but this is DC.  Journalists and nonprofit advocates spent 90 minutes Wednesday as Sen. Dianne Feinstein and an expert panel made an impassioned call for getting health insurance companies under...
News Release
5/11/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Maine Superintendent of Insurance Mila Kofman said strong regulation is necessary to prevent excessive rate hikes and hold down costs under federal health reform. They appeared at a Consumer Watchdog briefing on Capitol Hill today. The nonprofit consumer...
Blog Post
5/6/2011
By Carmen Balber
Join us! Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Maine's top insurance regulator will join Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield at a Consumer Watchdog newsmaker briefing on Capitol Hill next Wednesday. Here are the details.   How Health Insurance Rate Regulation Can Lower Premiums and Save Health Reform...
News Release
4/26/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC – The Maine Supreme Court upheld a decision by the state superintendent of insurance to reduce an excessive health insurance rate increase proposed by Anthem, in a decision issued Thursday. Consumer Watchdog said the victory for Maine consumers showed the need for effective rate regulation in every state to ensure that...
News Release
4/14/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC – Insurance salespeople are on Capitol Hill today lobbying Congress to support a bill that would gut federal health reform cost-saving rules and increase consumer health insurance premiums to protect brokers’ sales commissions. The top three lobby associations representing insurance agents and brokers gave members of...