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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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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...
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4/13/1999
Eric Berger
Houston Chronicle Consumer advocates are praising and managed care officials are criticizing a federal appeals court's decision allowing a Houston woman to sue an HMO for damages in state court. The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans came Friday in the case of Bridgett Giles, who claims her son Alex, 9, died...
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4/10/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Associated Press A federal appeals court has ruled that an HMO may be sued over the quality of health care in a case in Texas, the only state that has a law permitting such claims. However, the ruling does not allow patients to sue because an HMO won't pay for a particular treatment. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on Friday came...
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4/7/1999
Carl Ingram
Measure Would Expand Patients' Ability to Sue - Previous Attempt was Beaten Back by Former Gov. Wilson, Insurers, and EmployersLos Angeles Times SACRAMENTO -- A state Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would hold health maintenance organizations liable for interfering in the quality of care provided to 14 million Californians. The...
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3/18/1999
Milt Freudenheim
New York Times In the latest legal attack on managed health care, a consumer advocacy group asked a California court this week to halt advertising by Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest health maintenance organization, contending that the company's advertising recruited members by fraudulently portraying Kaiser's 10,000 doctors as not...
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3/17/1999
Ron Lent
Journal of Commerce A new study shows that in this decade California's auto insurers decreased the number and dollar amount of claims paid to victims, bucking the national trend. A report by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights found those injured in auto and truck accidents in California were likely to get far less than they would...
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3/17/1999
Nancy Rivera Brooks
Los Angeles Times A consumer advocacy group sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan over a television advertising campaign in which the nonprofit health maintenance organization proclaims that its doctors, not its administrators, make all decisions on patient care, basing them on medical rather than financial concerns. In the lawsuit filed in San...
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3/12/1999
John Howard
Associated Press Sacramento-- An unprecedented state survey released Friday suggests that insurance redlining exists in California's low-income and minority neighborhoods, where fewer people obtain coverage and there are fewer agents to serve them. The survey by the Department of Insurance - the first to examine automobile, homeowners and...
News Story
3/10/1999
Virginia Ellis
Profits Reached Record Highs In The State As Settlements To Accident Victims Dropped, Group Finds; Industry Officials Defend Trend, Saying Lower Rates ResultedLos Angeles Times During the 1990s California insurance companies steadily reduced the size and number of claims paid to automobile accident victims although their profits rose to record...
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3/10/1999
Eric Young
Sacramento Bee A consumer group, pushing to reinstate a controversial law that would allow more lawsuits against insurance companies, charged Tuesday that the firms have low-balled settlements to some accident victims for more than a decade. Average insurance settlements to what are known as third-party victims -- those injured but who did not...