July 19, 1992
Bradley Inman's story, "Industry Shoots Down Garamendi's Insurance Consumer Bill of Rights" (July 5), accurately portrayed the commissioner's pro-consumer legislation as being deflected by a one-two punch from insurance companies and agents. These same lobbyists have also stalled another consumer protection measure, SB 1854, by Sen. Nick Petris (D-Oakland). This bill would warn homeowners that so-called replacement coverage does not really pay the full cost of replacing their home, even if it includes "inflation protection."
January 31, 2012 |
A major health insurance company has settled an enforcement action with state regulators over payments for special therapy for autism patients. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Tuesday announced that Blue Shield of California Life and Health Insurance Co. agreed to immediately cover the cost of applied behavior analysis therapy, which Jones described as a well-recognized and effective treatment. The settlement stems from a dispute that began last July when Jones filed an enforcement action against Blue Shield.
March 12, 2011 |
Higher insurance premiums sought by Blue Shield of California in recent months would drive total increases as high as 86.5% for thousands of individual policyholders, new documents show. The higher cumulative increases, once thought to be as much as 59%, were reported to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones this week as part of Blue Shield's explanation of its plans to raise rates in May. Blue Shield already increased rates in October and January. If its third planned increase is allowed to take effect May 1, as expected, the San Francisco nonprofit said, 45,500 customers out of 193,800 will face cumulative hikes of 50% or more.
August 13, 1993 |
It is one of the prevailing pieces of conventional wisdom that President Clinton had better pay attention to California if he wants a second term in office. The state is wheezing economically and is as sullen as a former champion on a losing streak. Yet with its massive bundle of 54 electoral votes and sheer political heft, it cannot be left to stew too long. If you're from Arkansas and now call the White House home, it's best to approach California cautiously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1988
Bush should be ashamed of himself for parading around the country trying to pass himself off as a friend of the environment. Where was George during the Reagan Administration's acid reign of terror on environmental protection? Where was George when the Clean Water Act was vetoed? Where was George when reckless offshore oil drilling was proposed? Where was George when James Watt was hired? Come on, George. If you're going to try to take credit for the perceived economic success of the Reagan Administration, you'll have to take the blame for its obvious failings as well.
May 26, 2011 |
For the first time, California's largest nonprofit health insurer has released the salaries of its 10 highest-paid executives in response to a new state law intended to keep healthcare insurance costs under control. The top earner at Blue Shield of California was Chief Executive Bruce Bodaken, who made $4.6 million last year — more than four times the salary of his counterpart at the state's largest for-profit insurer, Anthem Blue Cross. San Francisco-based Blue Shield revealed Bodaken's salary in documents filed with the state's insurance commissioner, who had demanded the information under the law that allows regulators to examine executive salaries and other criteria to determine whether insurance rate increases are "unreasonable.