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Blog Post
11/23/2011
By Judy Dugan
Last night when the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted by a bare majority to back an insurance industry plan to gut health insurance price protections in the federal health reform, Consumer Watchdog went nuts on the association. It was especially galling that brokers kept insisting it was for the good of consumers, that they...
News Release
11/22/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- State insurance commissioners voted narrowly Tuesday afternoon for a resolution aiming to gut a key consumer protection in the health reform law. The plan would cost consumers an estimated $1.1 billion in premium rebates and leave them open to major rate hikes, said Consumer Watchdog. The members of the National Association of...
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
11/7/2011
By Carmen Balber
Thank you to everyone who made a call and helped block this sneak vote pushed by health insurance companies and their salespeople to boost industry profits and broker salaries. The insurance industry and its allies have made numerous attempts to force a vote on their plan to gut a key consumer protection rule at a meeting of the National...
Blog Post
7/6/2011
By Judy Dugan
Health insurance companies apparently have no problem taking opposite sides of an issue when it serves their bottom line. When it comes to California law, they hate regulation and will spend any amount of money and credibility to kill it. But when it comes to protecting the profits of insurance brokers at the expense of consumers, insurance...
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
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...