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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...
Blog Post
2/7/2012
By Jamie Court
Shouldn't the CEOs of health insurance companies like Blue Shield have to sign under penalty of perjury that their rate hikes are justified? If the first online signature gathering for a ballot petition is successful, Californians will vote on that proposition in November, and are almost sure to approve. One year ago I stood at the Blue...
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
2/2/2012
By Jamie Court
We are doing it! Today we launched our ballot initiative drive to force health insurance companies to publicly justify their rates and get permission for rate hikes. If you are a registered voter in California, your signature today can stop outrageous health insurance premium increases.  Please: 1) Click on this link: www.Justify Rates....
News Release
2/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Patients facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, including one who is now uninsured due to rising prices, joined consumer advocates today to launch an historic all-volunteer signature-gathering effort to qualify an initiative measure for California’s November ballot to regulate health insurance rates. ...
News Release
1/4/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance premiums for California families rose 153% since 2002, more than five times the 29% increase in the rate of inflation, according to a new survey released Wednesday. “A 153% increase in health insurance premiums in just 10 years is unbearable and the fact that premiums have risen five times the...
Blog Post
1/2/2012
By Jamie Court
Congress has shut down President Obama’s financial consumer watchdog agency by refusing to confirm its director. Our Consumer Watchdog has a lot of powerful enemies too and they are trying to put us out of business. Our determined advocacy has made us Public Enemy Number One for the insurance industry, online data pirates, the...
News Release
12/20/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance is seeking permission to raise auto insurance rates by $89 million.  At the same time, the company’s Chairman George Joseph is spending $8 million on a 2012 ballot initiative that insurance billionaire claims will give “discounts” to some drivers.  The proposed initiative is...
Blog Post
12/13/2011
By Judy Dugan
When I first noticed the ad below while hunting for cookie recipes, I was surprised to see a health insurance company buying a full page in the first pages of a cooking magazine. But reading it was another surprise. The headline touts "Free Annual Checkups," and the text of the Anthem Blue Cross ad takes credit for this brand-new...