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News Release
1/8/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross plans to go ahead with a 10.6% average annual health insurance rate hike on small business owners, despite the fact that an examination by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones found the rate increase to be unreasonable and unsupportable, the Insurance Commissioner announced today. An initiative...
News Release
12/5/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported today that insurance companies had boosted profits instead of passing on savings to consumers under provisions of the health reform law that require at least 80% of consumer premiums go to medical care instead of overhead. The report recommends rate regulation and additional measures...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
By Carmen Balber
Federal health insurance regulators announced yesterday that the health insurance company Trustmark is trying to impose unreasonable rate hikes - that will mean multiple premium increases this year adding up to over 27% for some patients - on nearly 10,000 thousand people in 5 states. The federal health reform law requires review of premium...
Blog Post
12/20/2011
By Carmen Balber
Health reform advocates are still sorting out the implications of the shocker of an announcement that came out of the Dept. of Health and Human Services this Friday. In a move that could be a blessing for some consumers and a curse for others, HHS punted to the states the most anxiously-anticipated rule in the federal health reform law: the...
News Release
12/15/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to reject a bid by politicians in the state of Florida to evade a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law that requires insurance companies to reduce bloated bureaucracies and excessive profits to spend more on actual health care....
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
8/2/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – In a U.S. Senate Health committee hearing today examining the rapid pace of health insurance premium increases, a federal regulator told senators that the rate review provisions of the federal health care law are a powerful consumer protection tool, but that the authority to reject unjustified rates provides consumers...