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11/15/2013
Millions of Californians affected after health insurers cancel their current plans have been given a reprieve. Insurers can now extend plans into 2014 under the affordable care act. California insurance commissioner Dave Jones says insurers demanded provisions before the laws went into effect. Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog has asked Covered...
Video
11/13/2013
Back in 1984, the California Legislature passed a law requiring drivers to have auto insurance… but didn't limit how much insurers could charge. Predictably, insurers hiked prices by double digits. Voters revolted against the price gouging by passing Prop 103, and the result was billions in savings. Prop 103 has saved California drivers...
News Release
7/24/2013
CONTACT Mark Reback
Washington DC -- Health insurance giant WellPoint today announced a 24% profit increase in the 2nd quarter of 2013, as compared to last year, and the company's stock hit an all-time high of $90 per share on Wednesday. WellPoint reported it earned $800.1 million, or $2.64 per share, in the three months that ended June 30th, which is up about 24...
Blog Post
7/1/2013
Carmen Balber & Jerry Flanagan
Consumer Watchdog's Public Comment On Health Net's CA "Exchange" Rates   The main provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect in just six months. Any Californian who cannot afford health insurance, or is paying too much now, or has watched her benefits whither away, will look to California’s new insurance...
News Release
6/19/2013
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Californians spent less per year on auto insurance in 2010 than they did in 1989, a rate reduction that no other state in the nation achieved according to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of insurance industry data. California voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988 to regulate auto insurance rates and the...
News Release
5/23/2013
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...
News Release
5/8/2013
CONTACT Douglas Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Casualty Company must implement an 8% rate decrease to its homeowners insurance rates as required by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, according to a ruling issued by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon on Tuesday, denying Mercury’s request to delay the decrease from taking effect....
News Release
4/2/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA –Anthem Blue Cross is again imposing an unreasonable rate increase on its small business customers, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company will not budge on this excessive rate hike. Working with an independent actuary, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog analyzed the data...
Video
3/7/2013
The California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, held a press conference to criticize Blue Shield for an unjust rate hike which he is currently powerless to stop. The commissioner went on to remind the audience there is a chance to change that on the 2014 Ballot, which will feature a proposition that will force insurance companies to justify...
News Release
3/7/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield of California will impose an unreasonable rate hike as high as 19.9% on 268,000 Californians because the state’s insurance commissioner does not have the power to reject unjustified health insurance premiums. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced...