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Consumers Union Press Releases

Consumers Union Marks Two Year Anniversary of Healthcare Reform with New Consumer Guide

The new free guide offers consumers information to get the most out of their healthcare options

CU: Health information exchange not patient-friendly

CU study finds progress but patients need greater access to electronic records and stronger privacy protections

HHS denies WI request to delay insurance reform

HHS action protects $13 million in health insurance rebates for Wisconsin

New Consumers Union Report Launches Project to Measure Health Insurance Literacy, Calls for Partners

Testing shows consumers dread buying health insurance largely because they don’t understand it

Final Health Insurance Label Is a Good Tool for Consumers

This rule is a big step in helping consumers better understand and evaluate their insurance options

Bill to Bolster Insurance Companies Harms Consumers

The bill erodes tool for reigning in insurance companies and fighting rising costs

Groups applaud federal rejection of Texas effort to delay health reform consumer protection

The decision is a victory for Texas consumers who buy insurance on their own

CU urges Blue Shield of California to withdraw rate hike

Rate hike expected to force more than 30,000 Californians to drop Blue Shield coverage.

NAIC shifts stance on medical loss ratio

Nat’l Assoc. of Insurance Commissioners weaken consumer protection that brings value to health insurance

CU applauds first ever federal rate review

This is the kind of scrutiny that is needed to ensure that rate hikes are fair and justified

CU: Reject efforts to weaken forms for comparing health plans

The White House should implement a new requirement for simple, standardized health insurance forms

Medicare open enrollment begins Saturday, Oct. 15

Get prepared for open enrollment with Consumer Reports Guide to Medicare

CU to Testify for Consumer Protections in Health Care Law at Congressional Hearing

Testimony challenges proposals that would strip away consumer protections in healthcare

September 1: Health insurance rates get stricter scrutiny

Affordable Care Act requires closer review of rate hikes over 10% for individual and small group health plans

Peter Lee Named First Director of California Health Benefits Exchange

California’s Health Benefits Exchange Board announced the selection of Peter Lee as the first permanent Executive Director of the California Health Benefits Exchange.

Early Consumer Testing of the Coverage Facts Label: A New Way of Comparing Health Insurance

The Coverage Facts Labels is a way for Americans to better understand the coverage offered by health plans.

CU: IOM report urges more consumer protection for medical devices

The report called on the FDA, to develop a framework for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these devices.

CMS Identifies States With Inadequate Health Insurance Rate Review

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a report today identifying ten states that currently lack sufficient authority to review health insurance rate hikes as required under the Affordable Care Act.

From NAIC Consumer Representatives: Key Consumer Protection at Risk

The consumer representatives to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners are very disappointed in the vote taken today by the NAIC Professional Health Insurance Advisor’s Task Force to endorse HR 1206, the Rogers Bill, which would take broker and agent compensation out of the medical loss ratio (MLR) calculation created by the Affordable Care Act.

CA Assembly passes bill to rein in insurance rates

California bill will help ensure health insurance rates are fair and subject to stronger oversight to protect consumers.

Consumer Reports Offers Free Guide to Medicare Changes, New Benefits

The guide will help people navigate the new changes and take advantage of services available under the law

HHS Issues New Rules To Help Rein In Health Insurance Rate Hikes

Rate hikes will be subject to stricter scrutiny and public disclosure.

Washington governor signs insurance rate reform bill

New law makes health insurance rate filings more transparent

Blue Shield of California fails to justify its double-digit rate hike

CU calls on the California Department of Managed Healthcare to fully evaluate underlying data used by insurer to boost rates.

Consumers Union Urges Lawmakers to Reject Attempt to Cut Federal Funding for State-Based Health Exchanges

State based health exchanges provide competitive, consumer-centered marketplaces for purchasing health insurance

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