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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.

News Story
9/28/1999
Steven A. Capps
Sacramento Bee Establishing a system that consumer advocates say will put California at the forefront of the patients' rights movement, Gov. Gray Davis on Monday signed a sweeping package of health care reforms, topped by a measure that will let patients sue their HMOs for denying them medically necessary treatment. The 21-bill legislative...
News Story
9/28/1999
Scott Lindlaw
Associated Press A wide-ranging new package of health care laws that grants Californians the right to sue HMOs for damages has raised hopes among consumer advocates and Democratic officials that the federal government will follow suit. "Now that the state that pioneered HMOs is pioneering HMO liability reform, there's very little objection...
News Story
9/27/1999
Jim Moret and Charles Feldman
SHOW: CNN THE WORLD TODAY 20:00 pm ETTranscript # 99092710V23CNN California governor Gray Davis signed legislation earlier today allowing many patients to sue health insurers if they can prove they've been harmed by decisions about treatment. The reform package also entitles patients to appeal denials of treatment to independent reviewers. THIS...
News Story
9/24/1999
Daniel B. Wood
Christian Science Monitor In an ambitious health-care reform package expected to spur similar changes nationwide, California will soon offer medical consumers a wide range of new benefits - including access to second medical opinions and the right to sue health-maintenance organizations for punitive damages. Some states have already passed...
News Story
9/13/1999
Robert L. Sharp
Agreements giving 'an advantage to any party' would be outlawedThe Legal Intelligencer A court reporter hired by a litigant would no longer be allowed to give that client preferential treatment under proposed legislation in Pennsylvania. The bill would ban court reporters from offering their clients price discounts, more timely service or other...
News Story
9/10/1999
Lynda Gledhill
San Francisco Chronicle Sacramento-- In a break for low-income drivers, San Francisco will be part of a pilot program offering inexpensive auto insurance under an agreement reached by legislators this week. A bill authorizing the pilot program was approved yesterday by the state Assembly and is expected to be approved and sent to the governor...
News Story
9/10/1999
Carl Ingram and Dan Morain
Legislature: Measures Would Ease Access to Second Opinions and Grant New Power to Appeal Decisions, As Well As Mandate Coverage for Severe Mental Illnesses.Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, CA -- In a day of frantic lawmaking that could dramatically affect the health care of virtually every Californian, legislators Thursday completed most of an...
News Story
9/9/1999
Carl Ingram and Amy Pyle
Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO -- The first of long-promised reforms for the troubled managed health care industry overwhelmingly cleared the Assembly on Wednesday, one that would enable 14 million Californians to sue their health care providers for damages. The proposal, supported by consumer advocates, doctors and labor unions and opposed by...
News Story
9/9/1999
Doug Willis
Associated Press SACRAMENTO -- Californians would gain the right to sue their health insurers and new insurance benefits under measures approved by the Legislature Thursday and sent to the governor. The right to sue, one of the most contentious proposals, won Senate approval 22-9. Gov. Gray Davis is expected to sign it. The proposal would let...
News Story
9/8/1999
DOUG WILLIS
Associated Press Patients who suffer substantial harm from a health insurer's decision to delay or deny treatment would gain the right to sue under a bill backed Wednesday by the Assembly. The proposal would also entitle consumers to independent review of decisions by HMOs and other health plans to put off or refuse treatment recommended by...