Health Care

We're not done yet: Next steps for CA health care

By | Pedro Morillas
Legislative Director

The Supreme Court has upheld the national health care law, and this is really good news for consumers.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Health Care

At Stake: What’s on the Line for Health Care Consumers in the Pending Supreme Court Case

The outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have far reaching impacts on consumers. The law is already working to improve the quality of care and reduce costs, with millions of Americans experiencing concrete improvements in their coverage. Further improvements are slated to go into effect in 2014 – including a long-awaited ban on insurance companies denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and the opening of competitive state health insurance marketplaces called “exchanges” aimed at giving consumers better choices for coverage. In this issue brief, we highlight the number of people the law has helped so far and the costs already saved to illustrate what’s at stake for California consumers in the pending Supreme Court case. 

The Almighty Dollar before Health and Safety of Americans

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

A recent op-ed is completely correct in its assumptions that anti-regulations rhetoric from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is incessantly talking about regulations killing jobs and the economy.

Avoiding Identity Theft

CALPIRG provides consumers with tips on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of Identity Theft, credit card safety, protecting personal information, securing your mail, staying safe online, using a smartphone wisely, and other Identity Theft resources.

Media Hit | Health Care

In California, Aetna raises health insurance rates for small businesses

If politicos in Sacramento and Washington are serious about creating quality jobs in America, they should embrace efforts to rein in unsustainable health costs for small-business owners and their employees," said Austin Price of CALPIRG. 

News Release | CALPIRG | Health Care

Aetna Rate Increases for Small Businesses “Unjustified”

Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Insurance issued a statement today finding new rate increases of up to 21.4% annually for some small business health plans sold by Aetna unreasonable.  Aetna attempted to justify the increases with projections for medical costs in excess of their actual experience and also in excess of federal measurements of medical inflation.

Media Hit | Health Care

The Sacramento Bee: The Conversation: Stuck in no man's land for health coverage

One man's story of the obstacles he encountered trying to purchase health insurance on the individual market illustrates why the changes coming n 2014 are so important.

News Release | CALPIRG | Health Care

Health Care Reform Benefiting Californians

To mark the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act we collected stories from our members who are benefiting from health care reform.

Paying Taxes, Safe and Sound

Paying taxes is our civic responsibility, but it can be confusing and stressful. To help consumers, CALPIRG answers key concerns as they set to pay their federal and state taxes.

News Release | CALPIRG | Health Care

CALPIRG Supported Law Saved Consumers $127 Million in Health Care Premiums

In 2010, CALPIRG helped pass a law requiring insurance companies to disclose the justification for their health insurance rate hikes. The disclosure uncovered errors and unjustified claims by insurers that saved Californians $127 million on their health insurance rates in 2011. 

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