Op-Ed Commentary by Carmen Balber, THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN
Students with parents who have health insurance can now stay on their plans until they are 26, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But when young people strike out on their own as app developers, artists, therapists, graphic designers or any other kind of entrepreneur looking to buy their own insurance, they will discover California is still the Wild West.
Runaway hikes in health care premiums...
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
With just over a week until election day, backers of Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative, are finally putting ads on television.
Though their opponents have used a $55-million campaign war chest to flood the airwaves, Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica activist group that put the measure on the ballot, only has $1 million to spend on limited TV and radio spots.
By Judy Lin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday.
Opponents of Proposition 45, led by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., Wellpoint Inc. and Blue Shield of California, reported spending $42...
By Philip Elliott, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups.
Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads.
For example, $6.4 million in...
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
On Wednesday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) called Anthem Blue Cross' premium increase for small business health plans "excessive," the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/22).
Jones' office can review rate filings, but it does not have the authority to reject them.
The 9.8% increase was filed with regulators in July and...
By Sharon Chen, FOX TV-5 San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO – A giant stink bomb was dropped outside the San Diego offices of Blue Shield Thursday by supporters of Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would require health insurance companies to disclose rate changes publically.
A consumer “watchdog” group dumped a wheelbarrow-full of manure on the front door of Blue Shield office in Mission Valley to represent how insurance...
EDITORIAL by EGP NEWS (Spanish)
California Statewide Ballot Measures
Proposition 45—Healthcare Insurance. Rate changes, initiative statute.
This initiative requires the State Insurance Commissioner to approve rates and policy changes set by health insurance providers before they can be passed on to consumers.
It will exempt large employers, but applies to the insurance provided to all other persons or groups.
By Michael Finney, KGO ABC TV-7 San Francisco, CA
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --A new poll out shows Proposition 45 may be headed for defeat.
Prop 45 would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to veto rate increases on health insurance, just as he can now for auto insurance.
Currently, only 39 percent of voters say they'll vote for it.
The proposition asks voters if they think the state should regulate the price people pay...
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage.
Dave Jones, the state's elected insurance commissioner, said Anthem had failed to justify its 10% average rate increase and used an "unwarranted accounting maneuver...
By Chris Rauber , SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
With Election Day less than two weeks away, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones blasted Anthem Blue Cross for what he deemed an "unreasonable" rate increase for a small sub-set of its business.
Jones described the 9.8 percent boost in rates for roughly 120,000 small-group enrollees as the fourth consecutive rate increase by the Thousand Oaks-based health insurer that the California...