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News Release
3/9/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller, Jamie Court, Harvey Rosenfield-310-
Insurers Pay Out Less Than Half As Much As They Collect in Premiums Los Angeles -- Motorists and others injured in auto accidents have received steadily lower health care, wage loss and injury payments from insurance companies during the 1990s, according to a study titled "The Low-Balling of the California Auto Insurance Claim" released today by...
News Release
3/3/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Testimony of Jamie Court and Doug Heller Consumers For Quality Care called upon the California Department Of Corporations to halt its approval of the Aetna-Prudential merger at hearings in Los Angeles today. (Testimony available upon request) The heath care watchdog group claimed that merger would result in an HMO industry leviathan that will...
News Release
2/11/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Ranking Democrat On Ways & Means Health Committee Wants Hearings California Congressman Pete Stark, the ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Health, questioned, in Wednesday's Congressional record, whether Aetna CEO Richard Huber should lead the nation's largest HMO. Stark was responding to Huber...
News Release
2/10/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Letter to Governor, Treasurer Questions Wilson Appointees' Ties to Insurance Industry SANTA MONICA -- Insurance consumer advocates decried the December appointment of David Knowles as head of the California Earthquake Authority and asked State Treasurer Phil Angelides and Governor Davis to remove him from his post, in a letter sent today....
News Release
2/9/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Board Of Aetna Also Asked To Fire C.E.O. Huber Over Remarks Consumers For Quality Care, the national health care watchdog group, today called upon Congress to convene hearings and suspend Aetna's government contracts over the HMO's attempts to mislead Congress about the facts of the landmark Goodrich vs. Aetna case in order to prevent HMO reform...
News Release
2/4/1999
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Consumers Expected to Save $43 Million in Auto Insurance Rates In a recent settlement with the Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, a project of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, Allstate Insurance Company agreed to lower its California auto insurance rates 4.6%. Motorists will save approximately 43 million dollars. "We urged...
News Release
1/21/1999
CONTACT Andrew Pontious - 310-392-0522 x308
23 States to Introduce Bills in New Legislative Sessions Legislators in 23 states across the nation have made commitments to Consumers for Quality Care that they have, or will, introduce HMO liability bills in 1999. The proposed legislation allows all patients to hold HMOs accountable for quality of care violations. Currently, workers with...
News Release
1/15/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Senate Leaders Reform Plan Is Fool's Gold United States Senators Don Nickles, Susan Collins, Phil Gramm and other Republican leaders held a press conference this morning to announce their intentions to push forward a GOP HMO reform plan that provides for medical savings accounts, external reviews and tax deductions, but fails to allow patients...
News Release
1/14/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller or Jamie Court - 310-392-0522
Sen. Escutia Plan Creating $300 Per Year Policy Would Be First of Its Kind in Nation Sacramento -- Legislation which would provide low-income Californians access to an affordable auto insurance policy was introduced this week by California State Senator Martha M. Escutia (D-Montebello) and sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer...
News Release
1/7/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
CA Supreme Court Court Asked Not To Protect Hospital WHERE: 350 McCallister Street San Francisco, CA New Supreme Court Room WHEN: 11 A.M.; Friday January 8, 1998 Consumers for Quality Care will argue before the California Supreme Court tomorrow morning that hospitals should not have limited liability under state medical malpractice statutes...