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Blog Post
4/11/2011
By Judy Dugan
The retiring CEO of health insurance company Aetna walked away with $72 million in total compensation for 2010 alone, after just five years in the job. That's on top of the $85 million CEO Ron Williams recieved in the previous five years--including $38 million in 2008. Every penny of that ultimately comes from the pockets of Aetna's...
Blog Post
4/9/2011
By Jamie Court
This week we launched our campaign in Sacramento for our top priorities: 1) giving you power to stop unwanted collection of your personal information online and 2) an end to excessive health insurance premium hikes. No one at Consumer Watchdog's offices yesterday could doubt the need for better regulation of health insurance premiums....
News Release
4/8/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, in a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, warned that in less than a month more than 150,000 Californians will face a major Anthem Blue Cross rate hike and increased deductibles, despite a flurry of reports last month that there would be a reprieve.  The 150,000 Californians scheduled to receive a May 1...
News Release
4/6/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Insurance reform, not malpractice liability limits, held down doctors’ malpractice premiums in California said Consumer Watchdog today before a Congressional hearing on H.R. 5, a bill modeled on California law that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Limits on patient rights failed...
News Release
3/29/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC –  Consumer Watchdog told the Obama Administration that waivers of consumer protections in the health reform law should be the exception, not the rule, in a letter sent to the Department of Health and Human Services to oppose Anthem’s attempt to evade medical spending rules in New Hampshire. Comments on New...
News Release
3/28/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Judy Dugan
Austin, TX -- State insurance commissioners made an unexpected turnabout late Sunday, ending a drive toward support for a special-interest bill that would raise health insurance premiums for consumers. A key committee voted instead to examine in depth the bill sought by insurance brokers and health insurance companies.   Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
3/27/2011
By Judy Dugan
Austin, TX --The chairman of the committee that brought forth the so-called broker bill, and swore to pass it, is now backing away. The efforts of the NAIC's own consumer representatives--and Consumer Watchdog--are paying off. They're literally sending the whole thing back to committee.... likely for a very, very long time! More later,...
News Release
3/25/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC — Consumer Watchdog today exposed documents obtained from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) showing that insurance salespeople are paid as much as 20% of a consumer’s health insurance premiums.   A second document is a draft letter from the NAIC asking the White House to delay key...
News Release
3/21/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Executives with Anthem Blue Cross have announced that the 16.4% rate hike previously scheduled to hit 600,000 Californians on June 1, 2011 will be reduced to an average 9.1% rate hike taking effect, instead, on July 1. Last week, Blue Shield of California rescinded a proposed 6.5% rate hike that, in conjunction with...
News Release
3/16/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog praised the public pressure campaign led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones that forced Blue Shield of California to freeze rates for one year, canceling the outrageous rate hike that would have raised some policyholders' premiums as much as 86.5 percent. Last month, Consumer Watchdog, the...