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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...
State Agency Agrees to Citizen Requests for Same Private Property Oil and Mineral Surveys It Provided Governor Brown
Santa Monica, CA – The Department of Conservation says it will conduct geologic and resource surveys of Californians’ private property in response to citizen requests for the same information the agency provided Governor Jerry Brown. Consumer Watchdog sent...
Santa Monica, CA – California is the only state in the nation where auto insurance premiums, in real dollars, are lower today than they were 27 years ago when the voters approved insurance reform Proposition 103. The law has saved drivers $100 billion on their...
Consumer Watchdog Calls For Independent, All-Public Member Medical Board To End Self-Regulation By Physicians
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter...
Consumer Watchdog Challenges $210 Million Excessive State Farm Rate Hike on 1.7 Million California Renters and Homeowners
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has challenged a rate increase proposed by State Farm, the state’s largest homeowners insurance company, that would overcharge consumers by approximately $210 million a year were it to take effect. State Farm has made $...
Regulators Find 6th Unreasonable Health Insurance Premium Hike By Aetna This Year; Usually A Leader, California Lags The Nation In Health Insurance Rate Regulation, Says Consumer Watchdog
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...
The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session. That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our new project to pull back the curtain on...