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Consumers Union Press Releases

Washington Senate OKs Bill to Make Health Insurance Rate Filings More Transparent

The bill would make health insurance rate filings public and give consumers access to critical information about their health insurance premiums.

CU calls on WA Senators to pass insurance reforms

Bill would give consumers access to critical information about their health insurance premiums

CU offers guide to health reform options & benefits

On first anniversary, the guide offers information about the law and how it affects you and your family

Senate proposal could mean fewer get insurance

CU urges Senate to fix provision of health reform law that burdens small businesses without penalizing families

Washington House Passes Bill to Make State Review of Health Insurance Rate Hikes More Transparent

Legislation approved by the House will provide consumers with more information about proposed health insurance rate hikes

HHS Issues New Grants to Help States Protect Consumers From Health Insurance Rate Increases

Grants will help states make rate review more open, thorough & fair for consumers

Consumers Union Urges New Mexico Lawmakers to Support Stronger State Review of Health Insurance Rate Hikes

New Mexico consumers are vulnerable to soaring health insurance premium hikes because state law simply fails to protect them

Blue Shield rate hike not supported by insurer’s filing

Consumers Union highlights concerns in letter to California Insurance Commissioner.

Consumers Union Urges U.S. Senate to Vote Against Repeal of Health Reform Law

While the law is not perfect, it makes significant strides toward curbing abuses by the insurance industry

Consumers Union Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling on Health Reform Law in Florida

As courts continue to wrestle with the constitutional question, consumers continue to enjoy new protections

New Health Reform Benefits Going Into Effect On January 1

As the new year begins, insurance companies will have to abide by new requirements on how premium dollars are spent, Medicare enrollees will get free preventive care and access to drug discounts, community health centers will receive more funding, and all hospitals will begin reporting certain patient infection rates.

New rules proposed on health insurance rate hikes

Proposed rules trigger important disclosure requirements for insurers but states can do more to protect consumers

CU statement on judge’s ruling on health reform law in Virginia

This law, while not perfect, protects consumers against the worst practices of the health insurance industry

Health insurer spending standards help consumers

CU says new “medical loss ratio” standards from HHS will drive insurers to devote more on medical care

Berwick appointed to head Medicare, Medicaid

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Berwick Appointed to Head Medicare, Medicaid: Statement by Consumers Union Jim Guest, the President and CEO of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, made the following statement in support of Dr. Donald M. Berwick’s appointment to head Medicare and Medicaid: “We are relieved that President Obama moved ahead Continue Reading

Nonprofit BCBS Health Plans amass billions in surplus

Health insurers set aside billions of dollars in surplus – essentially retained profits – even as they raised premiums for consumers.

CU board chair Teresa Moran Schwartz nominated for Health Advisory Panel

Teresa is a visionary whose experience, integrity, and common-sense ability to get results make her an ideal choice to serve the public interest

CR Health: How to navigate the newly reformed health care system

New report explains what consumers need to watch for; lays out next steps

Health reform poised to make health care safer

New health care reform law includes important patient safety provisions that will save lives and dollars

CU applauds House passage of health care bill

The House passed health care legislation which will now move the Senate for a floor vote

CU endorses health reform legislation

Once passed, CU plans to help consumers understand how reforms will affect them

CU to launch DC ad to push for health reform

CU has spotlighted the skyrocketing costs of medical bills & the stories of Americans who have lost coverage

States lack power to stop health insurance hikes

Anthem premium increase in California highlights how many states don’t have authority to protect consumers

House health reform bill goes long way toward solving health care crisis, CU says

Consumer protections, more affordable and secure health coverage, cited in endorsement

CU President to testify in Senate on health reform

Jim Guest will testify at a Senate hearing on the importance of health care reform for women

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