Walter’s Corner


A Real Chance for a CareFirst Settlement

Throughout our longstanding effort to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to its nonprofit mission, we’ve always hoped for a settlement that would avoid further litigation and protect the public interest. Now, because of an order this week from the D.C. Insurance Commissioner, a settlement finally is within reach. The Commissioner of the D.C. […]


Holding Congress Accountable on the Health Care Bill

Although Congress’s pending health care bill has been overshadowed by other headlines, the Senate and the President are moving forward with efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to recent press reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to have a vote by July 4 on the Affordable […]


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Testimony by Walter Smith on the Clean up of the Anacostia River

TESTIMONY OF WALTER SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DC APPLESEED CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT  John A. Wilson Building Room 412 – April 28, 2017 Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Oversight Hearing on the Department of Energy and Environment Good morning Chair Cheh […]


Saluting Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins was one of the truly great citizens of the District of Columbia, and DC Appleseed was lucky to work with and be inspired by him. He served on our Advisory Council, worked with us on a number of school reform  issues, was a plaintiff in the D.C. voting rights […]

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A $51 Million Rebate for Area Residents

I have some very good news regarding our longstanding efforts to require CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to spend down its excess surplus. Yesterday, the D.C. Insurance Commissioner ordered the company to rebate $51 million in excess surplus to the more than 200,000 subscribers with D.C.-based CareFirst contracts. This group is primarily D.C. residents, […]


A Busy Week: Statehood, CareFirst Reform, Public Safety

It’s been a busy week in the District and at DC Appleseed. We have important updates on three different projects–D.C. Democracy, CareFirst Reform, and Public Safety–and we wanted to let you know about them. Statehood Will Be on the District’s November Ballot On Tuesday, the D.C. Council unanimously approved a […]


A $56 Million Victory for the Public

I have some really good news about our longstanding efforts to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to its nonprofit mission. Your probably remember that almost a year-and-a-half ago–December 2014–the D.C. Insurance Commissioner determined that CareFirst had improperly accumulated more than $268 million of excess surplus. And he ordered the company […]