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News Release
2/8/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
CONSUMER WATCHDOG CAMPAIGN NEWS RELEASE: San Francisco, CA -- Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, but still plans to raise rates on more than 200,000 policyholders by as much as 14.9%, said Blue Shield policyholders and consumer advocates in a protest outside the company's offices today. They...
Video
2/3/2012
Susan Braig, a cancer survivor who is uninsured after her health insurance premiums rose too high, was one of the first to sign the petition for the ballot measure to require health insurers to get rate increases approved.   You can download and sign the petition at JustifyRates.org!
Video
2/2/2012
Patients facing unaffordable health insurance premiums join consumer advocates to launch an all-volunteer signature-gathering driver to get health reform on the November ballot Download and sign the petition at JustifyRates.org!
Blog Post
1/15/2012
By Carmen Balber
California's health care system is broken. Health insurance premiums rose a whopping 153.5% since 2002, more than five times the rate of inflation. Health insurance companies set premiums in secret, and don't tell anyone how or why they raise our rates. It's no surprise that we're being ripped off. From the front page of this...
News Release
10/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Harvey Rosenfield
New York City, NY – The author of California’s insurance regulatory reform law testified in New York City today that insurance rate regulation is key to preventing medical malpractice insurance companies from price gouging doctors and preserving consumer access to health care.   California voters enacted insurance reform...
News Release
9/1/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, D.C. – New federal health reform rules take effect today that require health insurance companies to publicly justify the reasons for any rate increase of 10% or more. The hope is that insurers who must explain their rates publicly will be shamed into ending unreasonable rate increases. Betting affordable health coverage on a...
News Release
8/12/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller & Brian Stedge
Santa Monica, CA -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a title and summary yesterday for Mercury Insurance's ballot initiative explaining that the proposed initiative "Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage."  The proposed initiative...
News Release
8/11/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Newport Beach, CA -- Consumer Watchdog advocates delivered letters to, and picketed outside, the offices of Orange County Mercury Insurance agents whose "Agents Alliance" group is sponsoring Mercury Insurance's proposed ballot measure to repeal a key insurance consumer protection in California and raise car insurance rates for...
News Release
8/9/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Watch the Video of the Press Conference: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/video/buzzing-mercury-open   Carlsbad, CA -- A plane towing the message "Don't Trust Mercury" flew over Center Court during the Finals match at the Mercury Insurance Tennis Open and a mobile billboard carrying the same message circled the La Costa...
News Release
8/2/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – In a U.S. Senate Health committee hearing today examining the rapid pace of health insurance premium increases, a federal regulator told senators that the rate review provisions of the federal health care law are a powerful consumer protection tool, but that the authority to reject unjustified rates provides consumers...