By Tracy Seipel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
A quarter-century ago, a then-obscure consumer group in Santa Monica led a revolt at the ballot box that changed the world of insurance in California forever.
Spurred by skyrocketing auto insurance bills, Consumer Watchdog sponsored Proposition 103, which created an elected insurance commissioner with the power to reject auto and homeowner rate hikes. And despite an $80...
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SACRAMENTO BEE
We all must buy health insurance, but California is one of the few states that does not guarantee that it be affordable. Proposition 45 creates that guarantee for individuals and small businesses who must buy their own health insurance and often suffer the most.
If you buy your own health insurance and don’t receive a subsidy, health insurance can be a rip-off. Premiums in California have...
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE CAPITOL ALERT
The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage.
A new survey released late Tuesday found some 42 percent of state residents generally view the law favorably, while 46 percent harbor unfavorable opinions. Support...
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Is health insurance in California affordable? Not if you buy your own health insurance and don’t get a federal subsidy.
Health insurance premiums in California have risen five times faster than the rate of inflation over the last decade. Recently, $250 million in proposed rate increases for individuals and small businesses were deemed unreasonable by regulators, but under state and...
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
Opponents of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate health insurance rates have launched their first TV ad, claiming that the proposal would disrupt the health exchange and give too much power to a single politician.
Following is text of the ad and analysis by Christopher Cadelago of The Bee Capitol Bureau.
Text: Dr. Marshall...
By Staff Writers, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which operates Mercy hospitals in the Sacramento region, is attracting some criticism for spending money on Levi's Stadium.
In Sunday's Chronicle, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross report that the nonprofit health system not only has a luxury suite, costing at least $2.5 million, but also paid for naming rights for a plaza in the new complex for the 49ers...
By David Mills, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS TIMES
The San Francisco 49ers' financial health is being aided by two not-for-profit health insurers.
Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own luxury suites at Levi's Stadium that go for at least $2.5 million apiece, according to a story in the Matier & Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle.
In addition, Dignity Health, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is also...
By Josh Richman, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Proposition 45 would give California's elected insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes, a power the commissioner already wields for auto and homeowners insurance rates.
The campaign against it -- for which the insurance industry has so far put up $37.3 million -- is now airing a 60-second radio ad narrated by a nurse named Candy Campbell.
By Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
If you're wondering why health care costs are going sky high, one reason may be the multimillion-dollar skyboxes that two of the Bay Area's biggest "not-for-profit" insurers have bought at the 49ers' new stadium.
Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own Levi's Stadium luxury suites, which go for at least $2.5 million apiece.
Dignity, the San...
By Dave Sayler, RADIO & TV BUSINESS REPORT
Public interest organization Consumer Watchdog would like appropriate officials in California to demand disclosure of the financial sources for issue ads, and is also asking radio stations to reject the ads.
CW said, ”The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising...