Greenlining Calls on the Department of Managed Health Care and Department of Health Care Services to Demand Blue Shield of California Return Excessive Profits

After a thorough review, Greenlining found that Care1st, a subsidiary of nonprofit health plan Blue Shield of California, accrued excessive profits after it was acquired by Blue Shield and converted into a nonprofit. Greenlining calls on the DMHC and DHCS to demand that Blue Shield live up to its mission as a nonprofit health plan and return these profits to the community.

 

Greenlining Briefing Explaining the Importance of LifeLine Phone Service

This document is an extensive brief that Greenlining, TURN, CforAT, and NCLC filed in the LifeLine proceeding.  It explains that low-cost telephone service is critical to low-income Californians, and argues for robust requirements for LifeLine service to ensure that low-income consumers, people of color, limited and non-English speakers, and individuals with disabilities have access to dependable phone service regardless of the technology used. Click here to read the document.

Greenlining Asks the FCC to Delay Net Neutrality Vote to Protect Consumers

The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Anti-Net Neutrality proposal will see the FCC hand its consumer protection duties to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). However, a pending court case makes it unclear whether the FTC has jurisdiction over anti-consumer actions by telecom companies like AT&T. Consumer groups like Greenlining and Public Knowledge sent a letter to the FCC asking it to protect consumers and delay the Net Neutrality vote until this legal issue is determined by the courts.

 

Greenlining and Allies File Comment Supporting HUD’s Continued Housing Discrimination Data Collection

The Greenlining Institute, together with Consumer Action, Demos, Empire Justice Center, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients), National Council of La Raza, and Woodstock Institute, filed this public comment with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Currently, those injured by a discriminatory housing practice may file a complaint with HUD within a year after the discrimination through a form offered by HUD. We urged HUD to continue to collect data through the Form, offered in different languages, and in paper and electronic format, as an important procedure that helps protect underserved communities from housing discrimination.

To read the comment, Click Here.

Economic Growth Recovery & Paperwork Reduction Act Hearing

Last week, Greenlining, along with other community advocates, testified before OCC Comptroller Curry, FDIC Chairman Gruenberg, and other regulatory agency representatives to discuss outdated and burdensome financial regulations. Over the next year, financial regulators will hold hearings across the country to hear from industry, advocates and the public on this matter.

Attached please find Sasha Werblin’s, Economic Equity Director, formal comments expressed during the consumer advocate panel. Key recommendations focused on modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act to ensure that it reflects the the 21st Century financial services sector.

The hearing took place at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles on December 2, 2014.

To read the testimony, click here.
Click here to watch a video of the consumer panel.
Click here for all of the panels.