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News Release
4/19/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis at followthemoney.org finds that health insurance companies gave $11.6 million in campaign cash to California politicians, including $7.4 million to candidates for the California legislature, between 2000 and 2010. The largest health insurance donor in California over the last decade was...
News Release
4/18/2012
CONTACT Judy Dugan & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Three of the five global corporations behind a coalition aimed at protecting $1 billion a year in California tax loopholes are among the nation’s top tax evaders, said Consumer Watchdog. They are: - International Paper Co., whose outlandish deductions and credits gained through Congressional earmarks left it with less-...
News Release
4/11/2012
CONTACT Judy Dugan & Doug Heller
Sacramento, CA — In a letter to state senators, Consumer Watchdog called for an examination of the years-long failure of the Department of Toxic Substances Control to protect communities from dangerous industries near homes and schools. Senators have an opportunity to ask questions about these problems at today’s Rules Committee...
News Release
4/5/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Insurance has announced that Aetna is imposing an 8% annual health insurance rate hike on its small business customers despite state actuaries’ findings that the increase is “unreasonable” and not supported by data.  Consumer Watchdog Campaign says this demonstrates the...
News Release
4/4/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The rate increases are the second or third for most...
Blog Post
3/29/2012
By Judy Dugan
This California license plate, “Gas Pain,” might be the sly joke of a gastroenterologist, but it’s not on a Mercedes. So let’s stipulate that it means pain at the pump, with a gallon of regular gas stuck for months at around $4.40. This kind of price is as usual fueled by investor speculation and an oil industry that cuts...
News Release
3/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
News Release
2/29/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, yet still plans to raise rates up to 14.8% for 320,000 California patients on March 1st. Repeated rate hikes in the face of massive company surpluses at the same time that inflation slows show the need for a ballot initiative to prevent...
Blog Post
2/28/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. A privacy policy is where an Internet company explains how they use the data they will gather about you. Actually, then it probably makes more sense to call it a "spy...
News Release
2/8/2012
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Laura Antonini
Read press release regarding the settlement in this case.   Santa Monica, CA –Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) is refusing to honor thousands of long-term care insurance policies it sold to Californians, leaving the elderly and infirm without the care they need, according to a lawsuit filed today by lawyers for...