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Video
4/5/2011
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones discusses the need for regulating health insurance premiums, and how Prop 103 - which regulates car and home insurance premiums and has saved Californian's billions of dollars - needs to be extended to include health insurance premiums.
News Release
3/21/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Executives with Anthem Blue Cross have announced that the 16.4% rate hike previously scheduled to hit 600,000 Californians on June 1, 2011 will be reduced to an average 9.1% rate hike taking effect, instead, on July 1. Last week, Blue Shield of California rescinded a proposed 6.5% rate hike that, in conjunction with...
News Release
3/16/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog praised the public pressure campaign led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones that forced Blue Shield of California to freeze rates for one year, canceling the outrageous rate hike that would have raised some policyholders' premiums as much as 86.5 percent. Last month, Consumer Watchdog, the...
Video
3/6/2011
Go green and save on your auto insurance. Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller explains to KGO-TV's Michale Finney how this may be the first time State Farm and Consumer Watchdog are on the same side.  Thanks to new rules under insurance reform Prop 103 you can save 1% to 2% on your auto insurance for every 500 fewer miles you drive....
News Release
3/3/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has reportedly imposed another 20% premium increase on its individual policyholders in California.  The latest increase comes on the heels of last year's 39% rate hike request by Anthem that was later reduced by about half after the California Department of Insurance found major mathematical...
News Release
3/1/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has announced that the consulting firm it hired to review its most recent rate hike plan found no mistakes and concluded Blue Shield should be allowed to raise rates on California policyholders.  Though the Department of Insurance got Blue Shield to delay the increase, originally set to take effect today...
Blog Post
2/23/2011
By Carmen Balber
Affordability is the number one barrier to consumers obtaining health care. The exorbitant premium increases we've seen across the country, like Blue Shield of California’s proposed rate hike of up to 59%, mean more and more consumers who can’t buy insurance at all, or can’t afford to use the insurance they’ve...
News Release
1/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Doug Heller
Washington, DC– House Republicans are misrepresenting California’s experience with medical liability limits to argue for legislation, HR 5, that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the bill’s author, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, today and called on...