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Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Judy Dugan
California's insurance companies have their costly lobbyists in high gear, trying to gut or kill real controls over what insurance companies can charge, Kansas' governor won't accept federal grants to plan, much less enact, key federal reforms. Texas' governor thinks Medicaid and Medicare are wrong and may not even be...
News Release
7/20/2011
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
In a letter this week, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown to replace Schwarzenegger-era regulators at the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) after DMHC officials misrepresented the details of an autism settlement with Blue Shield at a legislative hearing last week, and then signed a similar settlement with Blue Cross. Ten of eleven...
Legal Update
7/15/2011
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Mercury Insurance wants to hike its already excessive homeowner’s insurance rates: Mercury’s stalling tactics have already cost its policyholders $25 million, and each day that Mercury is allowed to overcharge its policyholders amounts to $35,000 in excess profits.   In May 2009, Mercury Insurance sought to hike its homeowners...
Legal Update
7/14/2011
By Jerry Flanagan
What's worse than an insurance company that denies a child access to medically necessary treatments for autism?  A complicit regulator that's too cozy with the very insurers that they are charged to oversee. On Wednesday, Governor Brown's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) tried to convince Senate President Darrell...
News Release
7/13/2011
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Sacramento, CA – Autistic children with health insurance coverage regulated under the Brown administration’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) are routinely denied access to treatment in violation of state law while children whose policies are regulated by the Department of Insurance (DOI), led by Insurance Commissioner Dave...
News Release
6/30/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- With no public discussion and on a voice vote, a task force of state insurance regulators with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) voted to endorse legislation that would cost consumers billions in higher health insurance premiums and lost rebates under the federal health reform law. Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
6/28/2011
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- More than 1,500,000 Californians will face health insurance premium increases on July 1 averaging 3% to 17.4%, according to state filings. Some patients with Aetna small business plans will see premium increases as high as 92.5%. California insurance regulators need the power to protect consumers and deny such steep rate...
Blog Post
6/8/2011
By Jamie Court
Blue Shield's CEO Bruce Bodaken tried to quell recent outrage over his company's proposed premium hikes and his $4.6 million pay day by announcing a 2% profit cap on the op-ed page of San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday. The move was designed to convince Sacramento not to approve tough health insurnace premium regulation. This morning we...
News Release
6/2/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California.  Prior to the vote the...
Blog Post
6/1/2011
By Judy Dugan
Los Angeles Times business columnist Mike Hiltzik offers a stark choice to state legislators in his Wednesday column. What'll it be, has asks: the millions of dollars that the insurance industry pours into your campaigns and treasure chests, or the millions of Californians battered by health premiums that kill the family budget or company...