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Governor Brown to Decide if Consumers will be Notified of Unreasonable Premium Rate Increases

Even though state regulators review health insurance rates and unjustified rates are often retracted, some insurers go ahead and charge the unreasonable rate with no notice to consumers. SB 908 would make sure consumers are aware of these unjust rates and have the chance to find a more affordable option. The bill now awaits action […]

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Justice Department Sues to Block 2 Big Health Insurance Mergers

Good news for health consumers! Last week, the US Justice Department (USDOJ) announced it is suing to block the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers, which have been under intense scrutiny by regulators and consumer advocates. The suits allege these deals violate antitrust laws and will harm consumers, seniors, working families and individuals, and employers and healthcare […]

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Key Bill Pass Health Committees, Capping a Productive Half-Year of Progress

Earlier this week, the Assembly and Senate Health Committees passed a series of key patient protection bills to increase transparency and protect consumers from unfair health care costs. Sponsored by Health Access California, these measures would prevent patients from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills and mid-year cost-sharing increases, and provide notice of unjustified premium rate […]

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Assembly Health Committee Passes Key Bills on Rx Costs, Unjustified Premiums

Today, the California Assembly Health Committee passed three key patient protection measures to protect patients from unfair health care costs, most notably the heavily lobbied SB1010 (Hernandez) to provide notice and disclosure on prescription drug costs. After a very long hearing, the bill passed with 12 votes, with all Democrats in support. The committee also […]

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