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Why Is Covered CA Head Shilling for Health Insurance Company Consolidation?

Jamie Court | Posted 08.28.2016 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn't need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough n...

Health Insurers' Stock Soars as They Dump Small Business Customers

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Among those who apparently have not yet benefited much at all, at least so far, are owners of small businesses who would like to keep offering coverage to their employees but can no longer afford it. They can't afford it because insurers keep jacking their rates up so high every year that more and more of them are dropping employee health benefits altogether.

Health Insurers (and Their Shareholders) Win Midterm Election!

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Insurers know the president won't allow the law to be repealed or even altered substantially, which will be good for future profits, and they also know they can count on the Republicans to push through legislation to get rid of the health plan tax and let them sell low-value policies again.

Insurers Spending Cash, Spreading Fear In High-Stakes California Showdown

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As I predicted two months ago, California voters have been bombarded by a group with a consumer-friendly name warning that a vote for a ballot initiative tomorrow would allow "one politician" to "interfere" with their health care treatment options.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Health Insurers Using Playbook Again to Protect Profits at Expense of Consumers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.

CA Health Plans Raising The Alarm About Transition To Obamacare

| Posted 11.29.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Christina Jewett Under a budget-paring plan crafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by lawmak...

Insurers' Cynical Calculations on the Cost of Doing Business

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.31.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The next time you hear a politician say that reducing regulations and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines would go a long way toward controlling health care costs, think of the real, much higher cost of such a solution.

Insurance Company Must Pay $10 Million For Revoking Policy Of Teen With HIV

Murray Waas | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for wrongly revoking the insurance policy of a 17-year-old colleg...

Dying for Health Insurance

Christal Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Christal Smith

Bob Iritano's doctors told him he had an incurable form of cancer. But while fighting for his life, he ended up also having to fight his insurance carrier.

Protecting Families From McCain's Broken Health Care Plan

Rocky Delgadillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rocky Delgadillo

In Senator McCain's America, whenever you got sick, you'd have to fight your insurance company at the same time you're fighting for your own life.

Health Insurer Paid Bonuses For Dropping Sick Policyholders

Los Angeles Times | Lisa Girion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the state's largest health insurers set goals and paid bonuses based in part on how many individual policyholders were dropped and how much mon...