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12/20/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327 or Andrew Pontio
Interactive Making A Killing To Be Living Archive of HMO Secrets & Scandals Today, the authors of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Healthpublished on the Internet the first interactive, virtual book that allows the public to read, at no cost, the text of the authors' muckraking commercial trade publication and submit...
News Release
12/17/1999
CONTACT Bill Gallagher 310-392-5304
All-volunteer signature drive to stop conflicts of interest that gouge taxpayers The Oaks Project, the organizing arm of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, will begin collecting signatures this week to simultaneously qualify ballot initiatives in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Irvine, Vista and Claremont (click here for...
News Release
12/7/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
State Farm, in San Francisco Court Today, Seeks to Restrict Further Release of Data Recently obtained documents that list the number of State Farm agents in California, broken down by ZIP code, is now incorporated into a series of maps available on the world wide web. The maps show that few State Farm agents are located in the largely poor and...
News Release
12/4/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
State Farm Rarely a Neighbor In California's Poor and Minority Communities, According to Data State Farm Insurance Company has sued nationally recognized insurance economist Birny Birnbaum, in an effort to cover-up public data regarding its activity in the state's low-income communities. The package of data -- which the California Department of...
News Release
11/19/1999
CONTACT Pam Pressley - 310-392-0522 x307
Insurers Blatantly Ignore Entreaties to Abide by Ethical Rules In letters to the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Governors Association, a broad coalition of national and state consumer and women's rights organizations, led by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), called for action to address a growing...
News Release
11/8/1999
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First Major Policy Shift By An HMO to Patient and Physician Complaints; Other HMOs Asked To Allow Practicing Doctors To Decide Medical Necessity UnitedHealth's announcement that it will give doctors final say over what is medically necessary treatment -- an indication that it essentially paid more for bureaucrats to cut costs than those...
News Release
11/4/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x308
"GOP + HMO = R.I.P" Consumer activists Jamie Court and Frank Smith, authors of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health,announced today a grassroots bumper sticker campaign to protest the appointment by GOP leaders of a House-Senate conference committee that does not favor strong HMO reform, which would include the right to sue HMOs...
News Release
10/18/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
LOS ANGELES -- State Legislators received testimony today from consumer groups and advocates for the poor about the implementation of the recently enacted Lifeline auto insurance plan which will be tested in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties. The program, the first of its kind in the nation, requires all auto insurance companies to...
News Release
10/13/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327 or Henry Griggs
California's Experience With HMO Reform Offers Lessons For Nation The authors of a new book indicting corporate medicine and offering recommendations for reform discussed their findings that for-profit managed care companies have betrayed American patients and physicians, during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. today....
News Release
10/12/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Insurance Industry Already Trying to Hide Insurance companies filed two referenda today with the Secretary of State's office to undo consumer protection legislation signed by Governor Davis last Friday. The laws, SB 1237 (Escutia) and an accompanying bill, AB 1309 (Scott), would provide innocent accident victims the right to sue an at-fault...