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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
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...
News Story
5/13/1999
Virginia Ellis
Los Angeles Times Sacramento-- After months of behind-the-scenes sparring, state Treasurer Phil Angelides is forcing a showdown with Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush over control of the state agency that provides earthquake coverage to nearly 1 million California homeowners. Democrat Angelides has called a meeting today of the...
News Story
5/4/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Metropolitan News Service Sacramento-- The Association for California Tort Reform announced yesterday that it has changed its name to the Civil Justice Association of California to more accurately reflect its advocacy goals. A rival group, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, quickly protested the name change, contending that the...
News Story
5/3/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Opinion Editorial of San Jose Mercury NewsSan Jose Mercury News Eager to polish their image, California's health management organizations and insurers of managed care announced a package of reforms last Thursday for the Legislature's consideration. These changes would be good, but they don't go far enough. We recommend lawmakers also approve the...
News Story
5/3/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Associated Press What's in a name? Apparently a lot if you're in politics. The Association for California Tort Reform, a group that mainly represents businesses and lobbies for legislation that limits the ability to recover damages in court, announced Monday that it has changed its name to the Civil Justice Association of California. But the...
News Story
4/30/1999
ROBERT PEAR
The New York Times Doctors and consumer advocates have flooded the Justice Department with evidence they say suggests that Aetna's plan to buy Prudential Health Care would harm competition in the health insurance industry. But Federal antitrust officials say they have found potential problems in only a few states, including Texas and New Jersey...
News Story
4/28/1999
Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco Chronicle Opinion EditorialSan Franciso Chronicle The threat of a lawsuit can be a powerful incentive to do the right thing, yet 14 million Californians insured through private employer health plans are denied the prerogative of a comprehensive court remedy. Because of a 1974 federal law -- the Employee Retirement Income Security...
News Story
4/22/1999
Lynda Gledhill
San Francisco Chronicle A key Assembly committee yesterday approved a bill creating low-cost insurance programs that insurance companies said will force Bay Area motorists to subsidize Los Angeles drivers. The bill by Senator Martha Escutia, D-Huntington Park, would set low-cost insurance rates between $300 and $400 across the state for drivers...
News Story
4/20/1999
Craig D. Rose
San Diego Union-Tribune Consumer health care advocates opened a new front against HMOs yesterday by joining in a suit against the nation's largest health care provider, Aetna Inc., for racketeering. The lawsuit claims Aetna attracted potential customers by saying it was dedicated to quality medical care. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, the...
News Story
4/20/1999
Dan Haar and Fran Silverman
Racketeering Case May Be First Of KindHartford Courant A California consumer group filed a racketeering lawsuit against Aetna Inc. Monday, saying the nation's largest health insurer routinely makes widespread, false claims about the quality of its medical coverage. The lawsuit, which further heats an already torrid battle about health...