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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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9/29/2014
By Amy Schatz, RECODE.NET
Yelp, TripAdvisor and their allies launched a new effort Monday to convince European antitrust officials to force Google to stop promoting its own online services at the expense of its rivals. The companies unveiled a new website, Focus on the User, which explains why they’re concerned that Google is making it harder for consumers to find...
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9/29/2014
By Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT (Santa Rosa, CA)
Two powerful professional groups — doctors and lawyers — are squaring off and spending more than $65 million on Proposition 46, one of six statewide measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. Even the measure’s official title — “Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute” — is...
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9/29/2014
By Josh Richman, BAY AREA NEWSGROUP
What started as a Danville couple's crusade for justice for their dead children has become a war between some of California's most powerful special interests and the year's costliest ballot measure battle. Proposition 46 would raise the state's 39-year-old cap on medical malpractice damage awards, require doctors to take random...
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9/29/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Health insurers offering plans through Covered California likely will continue to have narrow physician networks during the state health insurance exchange's second open enrollment period, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times. Background More than 170 complaints have been filed against Anthem Blue Cross over the insurer's...
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9/26/2014
By Dina Overland, FIERECEHEALTHPAYER.COM
The pushback against narrow networks that's sweeping the nation continues in the form of legal action as a consumer group filed lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California on Thursday. In two separate lawsuits, Consumer Watchdog alleged that Cigna and Blue Shield of California misled consumers with a "bait and switch" scheme...
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9/26/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
This week, Consumer Watchdog filed two lawsuits alleging that Cigna and Blue Shield of California misled consumers who enrolled in their health plans about the size their provider networks, Kaiser Health News' "Capsules" reports (Appleby, "Capsules," Kaiser Health News, 9/25). Previous Lawsuit Against Anthem The new...
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9/25/2014
By Randy Mac, KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles
As Sheila Davidson recovers from surgical complications, she said it's her Cigna healthcare policy that's making her sick. "It's a nightmare," Davidson said. "I fought this hard to get my health back. I'm not letting it go yet." Sally Greer suffers from heart disease, but calls her policy with Blue Shield "...
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9/25/2014
By Ric Romero, KABC TV-7 Los Angeles
A Santa Monica-based advocacy organization filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Blue Shield and Cigna, claiming the health insurance companies misrepresented their coverage in order to make a larger profit. The lawsuits, filed by Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica, alleges the two insurance companies delayed enrollment in Affordable...
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9/25/2014
By Tom Kisken, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Sept. 25--WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- After claiming he paid way more for insurance that delivered way less and waited on hold for hours to complain, Kevin McCarthy said he needed a way to get Blue Shield of California's attention. So he sued them. The Westlake Village resident and his wife, Jane, are among the lead plaintiffs in one of two...
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9/25/2014
By Tracy Seipel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
A quarter-century ago, a then-obscure consumer group in Santa Monica led a revolt at the ballot box that changed the world of insurance in California forever.     Spurred by skyrocketing auto insurance bills, Consumer Watchdog sponsored Proposition 103, which created an elected insurance commissioner with the power to reject auto and...