Category: Other Consumer Issues

Report Card: 2018 MO Health Insurance Increases

Report Card: 2018 MO Health Insurance Increases

Consumers Council of Missouri has completed a formal review of proposed 2018 health insurance rates in the state of Missouri. This marks the first year the Missouri Department of Insurance has the authority to review rates and CCM is calling for the Department to deem each of the rates hikes “unreasonable.” Three companies will be offering insurance on the exchange in Missouri in 2018: Cigna, Healthy Alliance (Anthem) and Celtic (Centene, new to the MO exchange). Proposed rate i ...

CFPB Action: Student Loans

CFPB Action: Student Loans

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TAKES ACTION AGAINST NATIONAL COLLEGIATE STUDENT LOAN TRUSTS, TRANSWORLD SYSTEMS FOR ILLEGAL STUDENT LOAN DEBT COLLECTION LAWSUITS All 800,000 Loans Will Be Independently Audited, Companies Will Pay at Least $21.6 Million and Stop Suing for Invalid or Unverified Debts   Washington, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today took action against the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Sy ...

Laclede Gas / Spire Hearings

Laclede Gas / Spire Hearings

Laclede Gas Company / MGE (Spire) has filed for a double digit rate increase that would affect both sides of Missouri. This proposal would increase annual revenues by by $58.1 million. Included is a proposal to dramatically shift costs from large industrials to residential consumers. Consumers Council of Missouri has successfully filed for intervention and have submitted expert testimony in the case, arguing for a low-income benefit program proposal. To provide comment to the ...

Health Insurance Rate Increases: Transparency Please!

Health Insurance Rate Increases: Transparency Please!

Under Governor Greitens, the state has launched an initiative to increase transparency and within that framework, Consumers Council of Missouri submits a formal argument that the Department’s regulation 20 CSR § 10-2.400, on the redaction of trade secrets, should be updated to reflect what is required by law and that nothing that isn't a trade secret should be withheld from the public.   Insurance companies routinely designate a substantial amount of information in the ...

New to our Board of Directors

New to our Board of Directors

This month, Consumers Council of Missouri welcomes two new members to our Board of Directors: Adam Kustra and Tracy Dischert Verner. Welcome to our leadership team!!! ...

Public Access to Health Insurance Rates Postponed in MO

Public Access to Health Insurance Rates Postponed in MO

The annual review of health insurance rates helps to protect consumers from insurance companies unjustly increasing rates on premiums. Federal regulations specify that 2018 health insurance rates must be made public by August 1 to facilitate this review process but the Missouri Department of Insurance has postponed public access of these filings in our state to September 1, 2017. With all the activity on the national level regarding the future of subsidies and the last-minute ad ...

The ACA void has been filled in MO

The ACA void has been filled in MO

The MO Director of Insurance joins consumer advocates at CCM in cheering Centene for filling the ACA void in our state. While we would like to see more choice in MO, 1 choice is certainly better than no choice. ...

Economic Development: Driven by Ratepayers

#MOLEG Special Session: an economic development package paid for by utility ratepayers. “What passed in the special session was an economic development package on the backs of ratepayers,” the Consumers Council of Missouri, a consumer advocacy nonprofit, said in a statement. “What worries us is the 10-year rate clause, allowing the Public Service Commission to set rates for 10 years that would disable future commissions from revisiting those special rates.” http://www.bizjourna ...

Ameren prices go DOWN.

Lower electric prices for Ameren Missouri customers this week. Kudos to our Public Service Commission! More here. ...

Raise the costs of all MO utilities?

Pending utility legislation would raise the costs of utilities for all Missourians with ONE exception: Doe Run. Pending utility legislation would raise the costs of utilities for all Missourians with ONE exception: Doe Run. A few of our representatives are standing up for us: Sen. Gary Romine, Sen. Doug Libla, and Sen. Jill Schupp represent a few brave voices speaking up against a torrent of utility propaganda. Read more HERE. ...

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