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6/28/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Testifying last week before Congress, Texas Medical Association lobbyist Connie Barron said the legacy of the Texas HMO liability law, in effect since September 1997, is few costs, little litigation, but important deterrence to wrongdoing. Barron testified that she knows of only one lawsuit under the law and "just as there has not been a vast...
News Release
6/21/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
The U.S. Justice Department today announced approval for the merger of Aetna and Prudential, creating the nation's largest managed care company insuring one out of every ten Americans. As a condition of the merger, the Justice Department did require Aetna to divest of health plans in Texas, where the company would have controlled more than 50...
News Release
6/16/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
A provision of a Republican bill presented as HMO reform would actually eviscerate state-based HMO liability bills, such as the one passed in Texas in 1997. Congressman John Boehner's HR 2089 would prevent states from passing laws that provide HMO patients with damages when the company delays or denies medically-necessary care. 23 states are...
News Release
6/2/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
HMOs, Insurers Lose Major Battle over Reforms Sacramento -- Consumers, patients and voters scored significant victories with the passage of a series of bills sponsored or supported by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) in the California Senate Tuesday and Wednesday. Three bills (SB 21, SB 171 and SB1237) raised the ire of the...
News Release
6/2/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Sacramento-- The California Senate has passed, by a vote of 21-16, landmark legislation that allows all patients the right to sue their HMO for damages over an unreasonable denial of medically necessary treatment or coverage. The bill, SB 21 (Figueroa), is sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). "This bill is the...
News Release
6/1/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Sacramento -- The California Senate today passed, by a vote of 21-12, legislation that would require auto insurers in California to sell a low-cost, basic insurance policy to qualifying low-income drivers. The bill, SB 171 (Escutia), sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), now moves to the Assembly. Similar to "...
News Release
5/27/1999
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento-- The California Senate Appropriations Committee today passed, by a vote of 7-6, landmark legislation that would allow all patients the right to sue their HMO for an unreasonable denial of medically necessary treatment. The bill, SB 21 (Figueroa), is sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). Last year the same...
News Release
5/18/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Consumer Group Calls For Prior Approval Rate Regulation For Industry CALPERS, the California state employee purchasing group, announced today average premium increases of 9.7 percent for the 10 HMOs that serve the group. Because CALPERS receives discounted premiums, this signals a return to the days of double digit health insurance premium...
News Release
5/18/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Accident Victims, Insurance Agent and Consumer Advocates Call for Greater Insurance Company Accountability Sacramento -- Victims of reckless drunk drivers, who have been ignored by the at-fault drivers' insurance companies, will testify to the importance of SB 1237, authored by Senator Martha Escutia (D-Montebello), at the California Senate...
News Release
4/22/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
CA. State Senators Pass $300 Policy Out of Committee Sacramento -- At the urging of consumer groups, the California Senate's Insurance Committee passed the Lifeline Auto Insurance Plan (SB 171) authored by Senator Martha Escutia (D-- Montebello), late Wednesday by a vote of 6-3. (Democratic Senators Speier, Escutia, Figueroa, Hughes, Schiff and...