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8/17/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
If HMOs Don't Disclose Treatment Options Can Help, They Are Not Liable Governor Davis's HMO reform plan -- announced today at 4:30 pm after most reporters' deadlines -- is weaker than reforms enacted in Texas under George W. Bush. Most significantly, patients can only sue their HMO in catastrophic cases and if they have a doctor's note...
News Release
8/17/1999
CONTACT Andrew Pontious - 310-392-0522 x308
Say They Would Not Vote For Him Again Members of the group of 47 California HMO patients, and relatives of patients, who invited Governor Gray Davis to meet face-to-face to hear their plight, responded Tuesday to the Governor's failure to reply. Unlike Davis, a public employee, the patients have no legal remedy against their HMOs, because they...
News Release
8/16/1999
CONTACT Andrew Pontious - 310-392-0522 x308
47 Patients & Families Receive No Answer on Request to Meet Governor Gray Davis failed to reply in the requested one week time period to a letter inviting him to meet face-to-face with forty-seven California patients, and relatives of patients, harmed by their HMO or insurer. Unlike Davis, a public employee, the patients have no legal...
News Release
8/6/1999
CONTACT Andrew Pontious - 310-392-0522 x308 or Jamie Cou
Forty seven California patients, and relatives of patients, harmed by their HMO or insurer asked Governor Gray Davis today to meet face-to-face about their need for remedies against their HMOs. Unlike Davis, a public employee, the patients have no legal remedy against their HMOs, because they have private industry health coverage. The invitation...
News Release
7/30/1999
CONTACT Pam Pressley - 310-392-0522 x307
In a first-of-its-kind report, the practices of insurers and other large corporate defendants entering into long-term deals with court reporters that give them an upper-hand over other parties in litigation have been documented by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), a national non-profit, consumer advocacy organization. Court...
News Release
7/14/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Davis Urged To Join Bush and Clinton In Supporting HMO Liability Dr. Martin Guerrero, a Texas Medical Association delegate and emergency room physician, today told California legislators about the success of a landmark 1997 Texas HMO liability that his group sponsored -- saying that it had limited health care costs, resulted in few lawsuits but...
News Release
7/13/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller 310-392-0522 x 309, Harvey Rosenfiel
Capping Damage Awards and Denying Consumers Their Day in Court Santa Monica-- Tort "reform" -- capping lawsuit damage awards and erecting other obstacles to consumers having their day in court -- does not lower insurance rates, according to a comprehensive national study published today by Citizens for Corporate Accountability and Individual...
News Release
7/9/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
U.S. Senate Can End Divide Seperating Remedies of Private and Public Employees In a memo marked "privileged" by one of the nation's largest insurers, Provident, but made public by a judge, the insurer announces a task force "to initiate active measures to get new and existing polices covered by ERISA [the Employee Retirement Income Security...
News Release
6/29/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
By a vote of 8-2, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee approved a historic HMO liability bill that gives patients with private industry healthcare coverage the same right to sue for damages that is currently only enjoyed by public employees. SB 21 (Figueroa), sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), garnered the...
News Release
6/28/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Anti Low-Balling Bill Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee Sacramento-- Innocent accident victims denied fair and timely insurance settlements are one step closer to insurance industry accountability, according to consumer advocates with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). SB 1237 (Escutia -- Montebello), which passed out of...