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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
7/8/1999
John Howard
Associated Press Sacramento-- A fiercely lobbied plan that restores the right to file bad-faith lawsuits against automobile insurers and others emerged Thursday from the Assembly, despite complaints from insurers that it would dramatically boost premiums and dismantle a state crackdown on five million uninsured drivers. The Assembly's action,...
News Story
7/5/1999
Jim Sams
Plan Would Insure PoorStockton Record Sacramento -- Leslie Brewer of Stockton didn't buy car insurance until the state put teeth in its mandatory insurance law in 1996. Now she's shelling out $39.91 a month for the minimum coverage allowed by law. "I really can't afford any more than that," said Brewer, a single mother who earns about $20,000 a...
News Story
7/5/1999
Jennifer Kerr
Associated Press SACRAMENTO-- The math is daunting if you're an average motorist in South-Central Los Angeles who must drive to work, like nearly everyone else in California's car-dependent culture. Your annual income is probably $ 8,110 and your car insurance premium for minimum coverage costs $ 1,882 a year, according to the state Insurance...
News Story
7/2/1999
MICHAEL WHITE
California and Northeastern statesAssociated Press State & Local Wire Foundation Health Systems Inc. said Thursday that it will drop health maintenance organization coverage for nearly 16,000 Medicare recipients in parts of the West and Northeast where federal reimbursements don't cover the cost of services. A consumer advocate said the...
News Story
6/28/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Opinion Editorial by Jamie CourtUSA TODAY The Justice Department's approval last week of the Aetna-Prudential merger shows that Justice is indeed blind. The new Aetna will provide health care for one in every 11 Americans and will have the bulk to downsize services, hike prices and leverage doctors into accepting unreasonable contract...
News Story
6/22/1999
STEPHEN LABATON
The New York Times Over the objections of doctors groups and consumer advocates, the Federal Government today approved the $1 billion acquisition of Prudential Health Care by Aetna Inc., which will create the nation's biggest managed care company. Following a six-month review, lawyers at the Justice Department's antitrust division approved the...
News Story
6/2/1999
STEVE GEISSINGER
Associated Press State & Local Wire Patients denied medically necessary treatment by their HMOs could sue the managed-care plans for damages under landmark legislation backed Wednesday by the California Legislature. Similar bills passed by the Assembly and Senate would give patients power that federal law now denies to most people covered by...
News Story
5/25/1999
Craig D. Rose
Critics Say 'Little HMOs' Bear More Risk Than They Can AffordSan Diego Union-Tribune One consumer advocate calls them "HMOitos," using the Spanish diminutive to characterize them as little HMOs. Despite the cutesy connotation, the advocate says there's nothing endearing about the growing number of mini-HMOs. In fact, says Jamie Court, advocacy...
News Story
5/19/1999
DOUG WILLIS
Associated Press State & Local Wire Health care premiums for more than 1 million state and local government employees and retirees will increase next year by an average of 9.7 percent, the California Public Employees' Retirement System says. That could signal big health care cost increases for other Californians. "This is the worst news we...
News Story
5/19/1999
Consumer Watchdog
San Diego Union-Tribune Like the fever spike of a sudden illness, California's biggest buyer of health insurance said yesterday that it will pay an average premium hike of 9.7 percent for its members next year. The announcement by California Public Employees' Retirement System -- the buyers of insurance for more than 1 million public employees...