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News Release
3/29/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC –  Consumer Watchdog told the Obama Administration that waivers of consumer protections in the health reform law should be the exception, not the rule, in a letter sent to the Department of Health and Human Services to oppose Anthem’s attempt to evade medical spending rules in New Hampshire. Comments on New...
News Release
3/28/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Judy Dugan
Austin, TX -- State insurance commissioners made an unexpected turnabout late Sunday, ending a drive toward support for a special-interest bill that would raise health insurance premiums for consumers. A key committee voted instead to examine in depth the bill sought by insurance brokers and health insurance companies.   Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
3/27/2011
By Judy Dugan
Austin, TX --The chairman of the committee that brought forth the so-called broker bill, and swore to pass it, is now backing away. The efforts of the NAIC's own consumer representatives--and Consumer Watchdog--are paying off. They're literally sending the whole thing back to committee.... likely for a very, very long time! More later,...
Blog Post
3/27/2011
By Judy Dugan
Austin, TX -- Here at a showdown meeting of state insurance commissioners (Texas is an appropriate showdown spot, no?), I don't know who the real consumers are, from the testimony that's going on. Three of us representing consumer organizations--Prof. Tim Jost, Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union and me(testimony below)--just spent 15...
News Release
3/25/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC — Consumer Watchdog today exposed documents obtained from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) showing that insurance salespeople are paid as much as 20% of a consumer’s health insurance premiums.   A second document is a draft letter from the NAIC asking the White House to delay key...
News Release
3/24/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- State insurance commissioners meeting this weekend in Austin, Texas will decide whether to sponsor legislation that would raise health insurance premiums and demolish consumer protections, said Consumer Watchdog. The legislation, written by lobbyists for insurance brokers, would preserve broker sales commissions and benefit the...
News Release
3/22/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC– A majority of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), which is meeting in Austin, Texas, this week to make key decisions on issues that will determine how much Americans have to pay for health insurance, has ties to the insurance industry, according to an analysis released today by Consumer Watchdog....
Blog Post
3/16/2011
By Carmen Balber
The health insurance industry is running a no-holds-barred campaign to evade consumer protections in the federal health reform law that require them to reduce salaries, waste and other overhead and spend most of our premiums on medical care. Insurers have been attacking the rule directly in the states, where they're lobbying insurance...
Blog Post
3/15/2011
By Carmen Balber
HHS’s head of insurance oversight Steve Larsen got heat from a hostile House committee this afternoon, where he was asked why, if the federal health reform law is so great, is HHS granting waivers to its rules? It’s funny, because health reform haters would also be screaming from the rooftops if HHS had denied any waivers, and...
Blog Post
3/10/2011
By Carmen Balber
At the end of the day Tuesday, HHS quietly announced that the administration will allow junk health insurance company Mega Life and Health, in Maine, to evade rules under the federal health reform law that require insurance companies to spend 80% of premiums on actual patient care, instead of profits and overhead. The limited-benefit insurance...