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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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7/10/2014
By Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC 89.3 FM - SoCal Public Radio - Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. A consumer group said Wednesday it has filed a class action lawsuit that accuses a top California health insurer of fraud and unfair business practices allegedly intended to lure customers into buying its health insurance plans.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County...
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7/10/2014
By Amina Khan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California’s stem cell agency announced Wednesday it was taking steps to deal with a “risk of conflict of interest” two days after its former president took a position with a company that the state agency had been funding. Newark, Calif.-based StemCells Inc. announced that Alan Trounson would be joining its board of directors a...
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7/10/2014
By Staff Reporters, KFBK NEWSRADIO Sacramento, CA
Bait and switch? A consumer group is going after one of the state's largest health providers. A class action lawsuit has been filed that alleges Anthem Blue Cross tried to inflate its market share by overstating the number of doctors and hospitals in its network during the open enrollment period for Obamacare. Consumer Watchdog also alleges...
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7/10/2014
By Staff Report, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
Anthem Blue Cross misrepresented the size of its physician and hospital networks in an effort to bolster sales during the Affordable Care Act enrollment period, according to a lawsuit announced on Wednesday. The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, contends the insurer also concealed the fact...
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7/10/2014
By Elise Viebeck, THEHILL.COM
Anthem Blue Cross is now facing multiple lawsuits over the narrow physician networks it used in plans on California's ObamaCare exchange, according to a report. A new lawsuit filed Tuesday in state court alleges that the insurance giant misled consumers into buying plans with narrow networks when they believed they were receiving more...
News Story
7/9/2014
By Thadeus Greenson, NORTH COAST JOURNAL
A Southern California nonprofit filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Anthem Blue Cross misled millions of customers when rolling out its plans under the Affordable Care Act, leaving many enrollees on the hook for large out-of-pocket expenses. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, the suit alleges that...
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7/9/2014
By Pete Shanks, BIOPOLITICAL TIMES
Alan Trounson, until very recently president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), has accepted a position on the board of StemCells, Inc., a company that has had $19,399,504 in grants from CIRM. If the clinical trials that CIRM is partly funding pay off, he could make a bundle on stock options (details of his compensation...
News Story
7/9/2014
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Amid growing scrutiny statewide, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross faces another consumer lawsuit over its use of narrow networks in Obamacare coverage. Six Anthem policyholders sued California's largest for-profit health insurer Tuesday in state court, accusing the company of misrepresenting the size of its physician networks and the...
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7/9/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
On Tuesday, Consumer Watchdog filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Anthem Blue Cross misled "millions" of consumers who enrolled in its health plans about which physicians and hospitals were included in their provider networks, Kaiser Health News reports. Details of Lawsuit Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit on the behalf of...
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7/9/2014
By David Siegel, LAW 360
Wellpoint Inc. subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross Life & Health Insurance Co. was slapped with a proposed false advertising class action in California court on Tuesday alleging the insurer misled consumers regarding details of individual health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act. The insurer falsely represented that certain doctors and...