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Blog Post
11/26/2011
By Jamie Court
The Los Angeles Times coverage today of CW founder Harvey Rosenfield and our proposed ballot measure to make health insurance companies publicly justify their rates before raising them drew an angry response from the health insurance industry. What does the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act do and how can you help?...
News Release
11/21/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – The Department of Health and Human Services deemed a health insurance rate hike unreasonable under the federal health reform law for the first time today, and called on a Pennsylvania health insurer, Everence, to reverse the 12% increase and refund excess premiums to policyholders.     However, neither federal...
News Release
11/17/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington DC – State insurance regulators will vote on Tuesday whether to deny consumers an estimated $1.1 billion in health insurance premium rebates nationally. The group appears set to approve a resolution sponsored by the insurance sales lobby and insurance companies aimed at gutting limits on wasteful bureaucracy, executive salaries...
Blog Post
11/15/2011
By Judy Dugan
The insurance commissioners of the 50 states held a private conference call Tuesday, and a number of them apparently noted/complained that they're getting "all these messages and faxes" from consumers opposing a resolution the National Association of Insurance Commissioners is about to vote on. So thanks to all who emailed or...
Blog Post
11/9/2011
By Jamie Court
We just filed our ballot initiative to make health insurance companies open their books and publicly justify, under penalty of perjury, proposed rate changes before they take effect. If we collect 504,760 signatures to qualify the measure, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on The Insurance Rate Public Justification And...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
By Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
Blog Post
10/12/2011
By Carmen Balber
The New York Times reported today that health insurance companies in New York are fighting to keep the reasons for insurance rate hikes secret. State insurance regulators have demanded the companies open their books to the public. In typical form, insurers are challenging the rule. New York’s financial services superintendent got it just...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
By Jamie Court
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported this week that health insurance premiums spiked 9% last year and surpassed $15,000 per year for a family of four. Employees are paying 168% more for their employer-sponsored health insurance than 13 years ago (vs 38% for inflation). Yet another painful reminder of the need to rein in California's...
Blog Post
9/26/2011
By Jamie Court
Thanks to your support, we ran the television advertisement about California State Senator Ed Hernandez about 300 times during the past week. Your vote was overwhelmingly in support of continuing the advertisement, and with your help we made an important point. Patients should matter more in Sacramento and the health insurance complex should...
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...