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News Release
6/16/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should adopt today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $50 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog urged Commissioner Jones to reject the merger in testimony at a March...
News Release
4/20/2016
CONTACT Jonathan Phenix & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Three rate proposals from State Farm – California’s largest commercial multi-peril insurer – to increase commercial multi-peril insurance rates by up to 9.0% on average, or $6.6 million combined, will lead to overcharges, Consumer Watchdog said in a legal challenge filed with the Department of Insurance today...
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3/29/2016
Consumer advocates warn regulators to oppose the proposed Anthem-Cigna health insurance mega-merger to protect consumers.
News Release
3/29/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
San Francisco, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to reject a proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna that will severely restrict competition in California and is expected to cause health insurance price increases and benefit reductions for 16.8 to 33.3 million Californians. Read Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
1/22/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog will challenge executives at a Department of Insurance hearing into the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to commit to strong consumer protections as conditions of a merger approval.   The Department of Insurance has broad authority to set conditions on the merger deal.   “The history of health...
News Release
11/16/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Daniel Zohar
San Francisco, CA – State Farm’s request for a 6.9% increase in its homeowners insurance premiums goes to trial this morning in San Francisco. Consumer Watchdog, one of two organizations bringing the legal challenge before the California Department of Insurance, says the company’s rates are already too high, and should be reduced...
News Release
11/9/2015
CONTACT Laura Antonini
Sacramento, CA -- New regulations proposed by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) will help address dramatic shortfalls in the availability of doctors and hospitals under Obamacare health plans, Consumer Watchdog will testify in Sacramento today. Yet changes to the regulations are necessary to provide public disclosure and...
News Release
10/15/2015
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...
News Release
1/12/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance has been ordered by the California Insurance Commissioner to pay a historic $27.5 million penalty for willfully violating Proposition 103, by charging California consumers illegal auto insurance fees between 1996 and 2006. In February, 2004, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) filed an...
News Release
1/7/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield Life and Health is imposing an unreasonable rate increase on over 80,000 Californians with individual health insurance policies, an average of 9.8% that adds up to a 22.8% increase for the year. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the company would not budge on its excessive rate...