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News Release
3/24/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC -- State insurance commissioners meeting this weekend in Austin, Texas will decide whether to sponsor legislation that would raise health insurance premiums and demolish consumer protections, said Consumer Watchdog. The legislation, written by...
News Release
3/22/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC– A majority of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), which is meeting in Austin, Texas, this week to make key decisions on issues that will determine how much Americans have to pay for health insurance, has ties to the...
Blog Post
3/16/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

The health insurance industry is running a no-holds-barred campaign to evade consumer protections in the federal health reform law that require them to reduce salaries, waste and other overhead and spend most of our premiums on medical care. Insurers have been...
Blog Post
3/15/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

HHS’s head of insurance oversight Steve Larsen got heat from a hostile House committee this afternoon, where he was asked why, if the federal health reform law is so great, is HHS granting waivers to its rules? It’s funny, because health reform haters...
Blog Post
3/10/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

At the end of the day Tuesday, HHS quietly announced that the administration will allow junk health insurance company Mega Life and Health, in Maine, to evade rules under the federal health reform law that require insurance companies to spend 80% of premiums on...
News Release
3/8/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC– Health insurance companies will escape public scrutiny of double-digit rate hikes if the US Department of Health and Human Services fails to strengthen rate review disclosure forms proposed this week, said Consumer Watchdog. A draft regulation...
News Release
3/3/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington DC – The lobby for health insurance salespeople seeks to rewrite the health reform law to guarantee broker income at the cost of increasing consumer premiums, said Consumer Watchdog Thursday.   Legislation backed by lobbyists for insurance...
Blog Post
2/25/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

HHS struck a blow for affordable health insurance yesterday when it announced that $27.5 million in extra grant money will be available to states that have the power to modify and deny excessive insurance rate hikes. Comments were due to HHS Tuesday on provisions...
Blog Post
2/23/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Affordability is the number one barrier to consumers obtaining health care. The exorbitant premium increases we've seen across the country, like Blue Shield of California’s proposed rate hike of up to 59%, mean more and more consumers who can’t buy...
News Release
2/11/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON, DC — “Do Not Track Me” legislation introduced in Congress today by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, will let consumers block unwanted tracking of their information online, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog at a press conference today with...