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News Release
7/30/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Rob Leonard
Santa Monica, CA --- The Proposition 45 campaign today said that WellPoint’s massive $731.1 million second quarter profit underscores the need for Proposition 45’s protections against health insurance price gouging. The profit report comes a day after the California Insurance Commissioner reported steep health insurance rate hikes for...
Article
7/22/2014
Vickie Collins, Laguna Beach, CA
“After I pay huge monthly premiums Blue Cross redefines the only medication I use so they don’t have to pay.” In January 2014 I received the following information about my individual healthcare plan: "Medical plan premium As of April 1, 2014 the monthly premium on your health benefit plan coverage is changing. Your new...
News Release
7/22/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Dolores Huerta, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and an icon of the labor and civil rights movements has endorsed Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative which will appear on the November 2014 California ballot. Huerta...
Article
7/21/2014
Ron Blasco, Rancho Cucamonga
"I am 57 years old and was going to retire at 60 but I cannot because the cost of my health insurance is so high."   I have had Blue Cross Health Insurance since 1997 for my family.  When I started it cost $234 per month and now it is $2386 per month (10 times as much).  I am 57 years old and was going to retire at 60 but...
Article
7/2/2014
Richard Hammer, Los Angeles
“My total out of pocket expenses for medical care in the past 12 months have been staggering.” I am currently paying $1,584 per month for a grandfathered Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan. I looked at the options offered by Covered California. To my dismay, I discovered that there was not one plan that would allow me to see all the doctors...
News Release
7/2/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA -- Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog...
Video
7/2/2014
State records show a million Californians shelled out more than $250 million in health insurance premiums over 15 months last year. Danielle Karson reports a proposed ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to justify rate hikes.
Video
7/2/2014
Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes.
News Release
6/10/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Rob Leonard
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new website launched this week by Consumer Watchdog, YourHealthInsuranceCompanySucksWhen.org, has unleashed an intense conversation by consumers nationwide about their health insurance horror stories. The site invites the public to complete the sentence “You Know Your Health Insurance Company Sucks When” by...
Article
5/9/2014
Marti Conger, Solano County, CA
"I am really struggling. After food and housing and a few necessities my income basically goes to health insurance and health care." My health insurance premium jumped up 15.6% over the first three months of this year, on top of a 346% increase from 2005 to 2012. At the same time my deductible has jumped from $1,000 in 2005 to $6,000 now...