Less Competition on Health Insurance Exchange Could Lead to Higher Rates Absent Health Insurance Rate Regulation
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog responded today to the news that the state’s three largest health insurance companies -- Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser -- would continue to dominate the health insurance market in the California health exchange with concerns that patients will continue to pay excessive premiums because of decreased...
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog & Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas, LLC
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC. The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...
Auto Club of SoCal Agrees to Cut Car Insurance Rates By $70 Million, After Originally Proposing No Reduction
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – California drivers insured by Auto Club of Southern California will receive an average rate decrease of 4.1% after the company agreed to lower premiums following discussions with the California Department of Insurance and Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog challenged a 2012 Auto Club filing with the...
CONTACT Laura Antonini
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by Dr. William Hall against Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) upon terms that are mutually agreeable to both parties. Patrick Carmody, the General Counsel for SHIP, confirms that an agreement has been reached to resolve all of Dr. Hall’s claims, with all parties...
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Danville, CA -- The father of a seven and ten year old killed by a drug addicted driver who received thousands of pills she should never have had called on the California Medical Association to apologize for calling the effort by families injured by medical negligence to tell their stories and seek stronger patient safety laws “an ill-fated...
Consumer Watchdog Launches Android Version of Its Top-Ranked Activist App - Users Can Demand Laws Protecting Online Privacy on Google’s Own Platform
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s top-rated mobile application is now available on phones using the Android operating system, which will allow consumers to petition Congress for stronger online privacy laws on Google’s own platform, the group announced today. The app’s featured action is an email to US Senators in...
California Consumers Doomed to High Gas Prices as Feds & State Bless Tesoro Purchase of BP Refinery & ARCO Stations
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today. The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of Tesoro’s acquisition of BP’s Carson...
CONTACT John M. Simpson
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- After a complaint by Consumer Watchdog to the state about investments made in companies she regulates, Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has stepped down from her position and will retire at the end of the year, the group has learned. Consumer Watchdog brought a...
CA Doctors Unaccountable For Harming Patients and the Public: Medical Board Took 4 Years to Suspend License of Doctor Who Bought Drugs & Alcohol for Kids
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board took four years to suspend the license of a Central Valley doctor who gave drugs and alcohol to minors, more evidence that doctors are unaccountable when they harm patients and the public in California, said Consumer Watchdog. A Dinuba family medicine physician, Dr. Ronald Ruminson,...