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Small Businesses to Get IOUs From Health Insurers

John Arensmeyer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

By holding insurance companies accountable for how they spend Americans' premium dollars, the Affordable Care Act is improving upon the coverage market as we know it.

Health Insurer To Pay Big Over Whistleblower Claims Of Overcharging

Reuters | Posted 05.23.2012 | Business

March 23 (Reuters) - WellCare Health Plans Inc said on Friday that a $137.5 million deal to settle a whistleblower suit became effective, resolving...

What Happens When Banks Cozy Up To Insurers

Posted 02.27.2012 | Business

By Cora Currier ProPublica A class-action lawsuit in Florida that moved forward this week highlights a little-appreciated aspect of the housing m...

A Determined Dog Goes After Insurers Again to Save Consumers Billions

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If there is one organization that insurers despise and fear more than any other, it surely must be Consumer Watchdog.

Key Industry Throwing Its Money Behind Obama

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has raised more money from the health care industry than Republican candidates, according to an analysis conducted by the Cente...

Health Insurers to Consumers: Want to Know What You're Buying Before You Buy It? Only If You Pay for It

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Complying with the new disclosure requirement will mean that insurers will have to spend some money they've never been willing to spend before to provide us with the information we need and in language we can understand.

The Insurance Industry's Scheme to Circumvent Reform and Make You Pay More Than Ever for Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

If the health insurance industry gets its way, not only will it be able to gut important provisions of the health care reform law, it will put all of us in a forced march into inadequate plans, and, at the same time, into the swelling ranks of the underinsured.

Health Insurers Have Had Their Chance

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

Private insurers have had their chance to control costs and expand access and have failed miserably. It is time, more and more people believe, to replace them with a single payer: the government.

Health Insurers Make Record Profits As Many Americans Postpone Care

The New York Times | REED ABELSON | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

The nation’s major health insurers are barreling into a third year of record profits, enriched in recent months by a lingering recessionary mind-set...

Pay Much Attention to the Insurers Behind Paul Ryan's Curtain

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Democrats who think Ryan has guaranteed the GOP's demise by proposing to shred Medicare will soon be rudely disabused of that notion. Insurers have shown time and again they can persuade Americans to act against their best interests.

Why I Will Stay Far Away From Cliffs From Now on

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wendell Potter

"They're going to kill you, Wendell," a former CIGNA colleague warned in an email after reading a couple chapters of my book on health insurance company practices. "If I were you, I wouldn't get anywhere near a cliff."

Health Insurers Throw Weight Behind Republicans

Los Angeles Times | Noam N. Levey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The insurance industry is pouring money into Republican campaign coffers in hopes of scaling back wide-ranging regulations in the new healthcare law, ...

Health Insurer Faces Nearly $10 BILLION In Fines For Almost A Million Alleged Health Care Violations

Los Angeles Times | Duke Helfand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

California regulators are seeking fines of up to $9.9 billion from health insurer PacifiCare over allegations that it repeatedly mismanaged medical cl...

Weekly Pulse: Insurance, Dispersants, and Teen Botox

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Is the IV Bag half-empty or half-full? Theda Skocpol, the author of a forthcoming book on President Ba...

Health Insurers Leaning on State Insurance Commissioners to "Reform" Reform

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The nation's biggest insurers are pressuring regulators to disregard what members of Congress intended when they wrote the law, so that they can keep raking in huge profits for their Wall Street owners.

Health Insurers Lobbying To Weaken New Regulations, Enforcement

New York Times | ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Health insurance companies are lobbying federal and state officials in an effort to ward off strict regulation of premiums and profits u...

A Lesson From Insurers on How to Get Filthy Rich

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

In America, our work ethic is next to none. We work longer hours each day, more days per week, and more weeks per year than just about anywhere else o...

Finding the Truth about Health Insurers: Mission Impossible?

Regina E. Herzlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Regina E. Herzlinger

Why is a public resignation by a fed-up director one of the few ways to publicize information which everyone should have readily available when choosing health insurers?

Health Insurance Industry Underwrites Fast Food

J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD

If the insurance industry actually cares about health and well-being, it ought to stop investing so heavily in the fast food industry.

Abusive Rate Increases From Anthem Blue Cross: It's Time For Us To Make Our Voices Heard

Dr. Mark Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Mark Weiss

Excruciating, that's the pain I feel from people all over the country who have let me know we need to work together to stop abusive rate increases from Anthem Blue Cross.

Insurance Premiums Rise More Than 30%: What Did We Expect?

Andrew Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rubin

If Congress fails to enact meaningful health care reform, insurance companies will continue to function exactly as they do today.

Health Care Reform is in Our Hands

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Edwards

Our government is missing the mark; prevention and education are essential to drive down costs of health care. Many costly and disabling conditions are linked with common preventable risk factors.

Ex-Blue Cross Spokesman Says Health Insurance "Worst Product In American History"

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The following article was produced by The Raw Story. Teaming with the liberal Brave New Films, a former Blue Cross pitchman is now pitching against...

Patients Can Still Be Denied Treatment Under Healthcare Bills

latimes.com | Lisa Girion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By requiring insurers to cover everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions, healthcare reform will make it more difficult for insurers to control ...

Health Insurers Could Bypass Some Key Reforms

Washington Post | David S. Hilzenrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Legislators are designing this new insurance marketplace to protect consumers from many of the pitfalls and inequities in the current system. But even...