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DMHC Must Require Consumer Protection Commitments in Anthem-Cigna Merger or Reject Plan If Companies Refuse, Says Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to require Anthem and Cigna to commit to a series of consumer protections over prices and benefits to address the companies’ past harmful practices, or reject the...
After Consumer Watchdog Shows Allstate Has Been Overcharging California Homeowners Policyholders For Years, Allstate Will Immediately Cut Overall Rates By 12.6%
Santa Monica, CA -- Responding to multiple challenges to its excessive homeowners insurance rates brought by Consumer Watchdog over the last two years, Allstate has agreed to reduce its homeowners rates by 12.6% overall, effective February 1, 2016. Policyholders will...
Obama Administration Doubles Down On Fight Against Opioid Abuse With $1.2 Billion In Proposed New Funding
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention...
Consumer Watchdog Asks Centene, Health Net Execs To Commit To Correct Network Deficiencies, Ensure Fair Rates, Prove Consumers Will Not Pay Merger Costs, At Hearing Today
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...
New California Lobbyist Disclosure Rules Good First Step But Loophole Will Undermine Change, Says Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The Fair Political Practices Commission today approved a new regulation requiring more disclosure of shadow payments by the state’s biggest lobbyists on advertising and other spending to influence lawmakers. Consumer Watchdog said a loophole...
Consumer Watchdog Urges CDC To Move Quickly To Implement Guidelines To Rein In Opioid Overprescribing And Save Lives
Santa Monica, CA – New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rein in opioid overprescribing by primary care physicians will reduce the prescription overdose epidemic and save lives, said Consumer Watchdog in comments submitted to...
CA Health Plan Regulators Must Protect Consumers from Unreasonable Rate Hikes in Proposed Aetna-Humana Merger
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its authority over the proposed Aetna-Humana merger to enforce a binding agreement that the combined company will not implement any rate hikes that are deemed...
CA Health Plan Regulators Must Do Better To Protect Consumers In Proposed Centene-Health Net Merger Than In Blue Shield-Care1st Deal
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its full authority over the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to enact safeguards to ensure plans are not cancelled, benefits are not reduced and consumers do...
Trial Begins Today in Consumer Groups’ Challenge to State Farm Request for Higher Homeowners Insurance Rates
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...
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Jerry Brown used public employees to investigate the potential for finding oil on his private land. Isn’t it a misuse of public funds for the governor to have the state’s oil and gas agency map and survey his...