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6/25/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Frank Wurzbacher - Covington, KY According to court documents: Frank Wurzbacher, a retiree who had surgery for prostate cancer, was taking monthly injections of a drug called lupron to keep the cancer from returning. In January of 1995, a new insurer took over as the third-party administrator of his retiree health plan. The new company announced...
News Release
6/25/1998
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States, Congress, Wall Street Watch Closely as Utilities Promise to Spend $50 Million to Defeat Measure Setting the stage for a debate likely to dominate the coming election season and influence the nation, the California Secretary of State today announced that the citizen-based CUT initiative to stop the $28 billion utility bailout tax has...
Archived Article
6/24/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Shirley Moore - Union City, CA As told by her daughter, Norma Lowe: In January 1997, my mother went to her HMO with pain in her right ribs and a heavy cold. After a chest X-ray was taken, the doctor diagnosed lung cancer. What the HMO's doctor failed to diagnose was that my mother also had bone cancer. Mom asked the doctor why she was having so...
News Release
6/23/1998
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Consumer and Environmental Groups Blast Faulty Electricity Deregulation SAN FRANCISCO, CA --David Brower, a founder of the modern environmental movement and the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, joined consumer advocates around the country in calling for an end to ratepayer bailouts of private utility companies. Over 100 consumer and...
Archived Article
6/23/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Debra Moran - Winfield , IL As told by Debra Moran: My managed care nightmare began in July of 1995, when I developed pain in my hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck. The pain proved to be a symptom of Brachial Plexopathy and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome -- two related conditions that impair circulation and neural transmission. As the conditions...
Archived Article
6/22/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Phyllis Cannon - Oklahoma City, OK Phyllis Cannon's health insurer delayed her medically appropriate cancer treatment for three months. By that time her cancer had developed beyond treatment, and she died weeks later. According to court records: In 1991, Phyllis Cannon was diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukemia. When she went into remission...
News Release
6/19/1998
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Consumer and Civil Rights Organizations Joined by Cities of Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco in Lawsuits Against Insurance Commissioner An Alameda Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments on Friday that insurance companies are continuing to illegally use arbitrary factors, such as ZIP-code, gender, marital status and persistency, as...
Archived Article
6/19/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Casey Patelski - Iowa According to personal reports: Casey Patelski was a dedicated employee of a leading aerospace manufacturer for 28 years. He helped to design spacecraft and directed U.S. astronauts at Mission Control in Houston. His future appeared secure when he retired in 1992, as he had been promised generous lifetime health benefits....
Archived Article
6/18/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Edward Mycek - La Quinta, CA As told by Edward Mycek: In November of 1997, I found out that I had prostate cancer. After discussing treatment and recovery options, my doctor advocated surgery to remove the prostate. I decided to get another opinion. After consulting with a new doctor at Loma Linda University Medical Center, I decided on a...
Archived Article
6/17/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Glenn Nealy - New York According to suit filed by the Nealy family: In March 1992, 35-year-old Glenn Nealy, the father of two young boys, was notified by his employer that there would be a change in his health care coverage and that he could elect coverage under one of three plans. Glenn chose a managed care company after receiving assurances...