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10/10/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Lifeline Insurance Pilot Programs Create Flat-Rate Policies in Los Angeles and San Francisco Los Angeles' Governor Davis enacted an historic insurance reform proposal to provide a low-cost auto insurance lifeline to poor Californians. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights developed and sponsored SB 171 (Escutia...
News Release
10/8/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Insurers Considering Referendum to Stop Consumer Protection Sacramento -- Governor Gray Davis signed SB 1237 (Escutia) and a companion bill -- AB 1309 (Scott) -- today to provide accident victims a legal remedy when an insurance company denies delays or lowballs a claim due to the victim. Insurers of at-fault drivers will now be held accountable...
News Release
10/7/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Protecting Access to State Courts & Against Federalizing Damages / Venue Will Be Key To Conference Committee Deliberations In a landmark vote today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by 275-151 bi-partisan legislation sponsored by Reps. John Dingell and Charlie Norwood that gives all patients the right to sue their HMO and insurers...
News Release
9/15/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
The sponsor of California's new HMO liability law, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, called upon Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, who are slowing down a vote on HMO liability reform, to look to their GOP brethren in California. Republican legislators in California overwhelmingly supported HMO liability...
News Release
9/13/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Los Angeles -- Consumer advocates joined State Senator Martha Escutia to announce the final passage of landmark legislation which will make a low-cost, basic auto insurance policy available to low-income drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties. The Lifeline Auto Insurance Plan was sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer...
News Release
9/9/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Landmark legislation providing a remedy to patients who are denied or delayed treatment by their HMO and suffer significant harm passed its final hurdle with a concurrence vote of 22 to 9 in the California Senate. Significant harm is defined as "loss of life, loss or significant impairment of limb or bodily function, significant disfigurement,...
News Release
9/9/1999
CONTACT Pam Pressley - 310-392-0522 x307
Judges, Attorneys and Consumer Groups Voice Their Support READ FAILURE from: /justice/pr/pr000005.php3
News Release
9/3/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Landmark legislation to give all patients the same right to sue their HMOs for damages as public employees now have advanced out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. SB 21 (Figueroa), sponsored by FTCR's Consumers For Quality Care, now moves to the Assembly floor. It has already passed the State Senate. There were no amendments in...
News Release
8/30/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Conflict Of Interest Decried The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights wrote Governor Davis and the head of his Office of Research and Planning, Loretta Lynch, to ask that Ms. Lynch recuse herself from her role as the Governor's point person on the Administration's HMO liability policies and in negotiations with legislators. The law...
News Release
8/17/1999
CONTACT Pam Pressley - 310-392-0522 x307
Consumer Group Calls On Legislators To Enact Real Reforms To Preserve The Impartiality Of the Judicial Process In a letter to California legislators today, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (The Foundation) exposed several serious loopholes in a bill purportedly aimed at curbing the abuses posed by insurers' special deals with court...