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News Release
5/13/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Public challenges to auto, home, medical malpractice and earthquake rate hikes proposed by insurance companies but proven excessive have resulted in more than $3 billion saved for consumers since 2002. A chart of the more than $3 billion saved in more than 80 challenges over the last twelve years by Consumer Watchdog is...
News Release
2/27/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Cathy Lee
Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog petitioned the Insurance Commissioner this week for a public hearing on the “new program” private passenger auto filings of Farmers Specialty Insurance Company, an affiliate of Farmers Insurance Exchange. Consumer Watchdog’s petition seeks to compel Farmers and its affiliates to comply with...
News Release
1/31/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes for over 306,000 Californians on April 1. If approved on this November’s...
Video
1/29/2014
Insurance companies are always looking for ways to evade Proposition 103, and they have come up with a scheme to evade the law’s good driver requirements.  These days, some insurance companies are marketing plans that promise lower premiums to people who belong to what the insurance industry calls “affinity groups” –...
Video
1/29/2014
Regular people who work middle class or blue-collar jobs; high school graduates; retired citizens and those on low incomes. Even if they are Good Drivers, they are forced to subsidize the rich, but not necessarily better, drivers who insurance companies prefer to do business with. The surcharges – which are not disclosed on your auto...
Video
1/29/2014
Insurance companies are always looking for ways to evade Proposition 103, so it's not too surprising that some companies --Mercury, GEICO, Progressive, 21st Century and the Auto Club of Southern California, to name some of the biggest -- have come up with a scheme to evade the law's good driver requirements.  These companies are...
News Release
1/29/2014
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - Fourteen non-profit citizen, consumer and low income advocacy organizations today formally petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to bar auto insurance companies from discriminating against California drivers based on their occupation or education level.   “The use of these unauthorized rating factors increases...
Blog Post
11/19/2013
By Harvey Rosenfield
Regulation of insurance companies, introduced by Proposition 103, could repair a loophole in the Affordable Care Act. "We didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law," an apologetic President Obama said this month, shortly after millions of Americans got notices from their health insurance companies that their...
Video
11/13/2013
Back in 1984, the California Legislature passed a law requiring drivers to have auto insurance… but didn't limit how much insurers could charge. Predictably, insurers hiked prices by double digits. Voters revolted against the price gouging by passing Prop 103, and the result was billions in savings. Prop 103 has saved California drivers...
Blog Post
11/12/2013
By Harvey Rosenfield
I'm truly humbled. It was a big deal when, 25 years ago this month, you and other California voters joined with me to pass Proposition 103, the toughest auto insurance regulation in the nation. But I had no idea exactly how big. Today, in downtown Los Angeles, the Consumer Federation of America released the findings of a new report: Prop 103...