Consumer Watchdog's executive director Carmen Balber discusses the current state of health insurance in California, touching on the proposed mega-mergers and why they're bad for consumers, as well as Covered California's announced rate hikes and why they can't be stopped currently.
By Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined the nation’s leading consumer groups to submit a white paper to the Department of Justice today demonstrating why any potential remedies in the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers will not work to protect consumers from harm in a more concentrated health insurance market. Consumer Watchdog called on the...
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Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...
Regulators Find 6th Unreasonable Health Insurance Premium Hike By Aetna This Year; Usually A Leader, California Lags The Nation In Health Insurance Rate Regulation, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price spikes, Consumer Watchdog said today. California Department of Insurance...
Video: Sen. Al Franken Asked Anthem and Aetna CEOs to Commit to Pass Along Savings to Consumers If Their Mergers Are Approved. Their Answers Are Priceless
The CEOs of Aetna and Anthem did the health insurance consolidation dance at a U.S. Senate hearing on Sept. 22. Aetna has plans to acquire Humana, and Anthem wants to buy Cigna. Both claim the mergers will improve care and cut costs for consumers. But never in the history of health insurance mergers have prices gone down for consumers when there...
Aetna Price Gouging Consumers With Yet Another Unjustified Premium Spike, Say State Regulators; While Top Executives Raked In More Than $170 Million In Three Years
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Aetna is price-gouging consumers with an unjustified premium hike, its fourth in the past two years, according to regulators at California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The average 21 percent rate hike is yet one more example of why state regulators should have the power to reject unreasonable health...
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- Aetna is attempting to circumvent the central reform of the Affordable Care Act—the so called “guaranteed issue” provision, which ensures all patients are guaranteed access to health insurance regardless of their health condition—by discouraging patients with HIV/AIDS from enrolling in or remaining...
Less Competition on Health Insurance Exchange Could Lead to Higher Rates Absent Health Insurance Rate Regulation
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog responded today to the news that the state’s three largest health insurance companies -- Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser -- would continue to dominate the health insurance market in the California health exchange with concerns that patients will continue to pay excessive premiums because of decreased...
Health insurance companies are raising rates by double digits AGAIN. The difference this time is that we can make them pay us back with a refund! Please watch this one minute video and join us in getting a refund of our excessive premium dollars. Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates by up to 25%. Aetna, Kaiser, Health Net, and United HealthCare...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: More Californians Die Every Year Because They Lack Health Insurance Than From Traffic Accidents or Homicide
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...