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4/19/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Consumer Group Challenges Aetna For Systemic Fraud In the first federal class action lawsuit against an HMO for racketeering since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed such lawsuits earlier this year, Aetna was sued for wide-spread fraud in its advertising, marketing and membership materials. The case against Aetna, which now provides health...
News Release
4/8/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Patient Rights Group Demands Justice Dept. Halt Aetna-Prudential Deal As Democrats rally across the nation today for patient rights, Consumers For Quality called upon President Clinton to make anti-trust efforts against HMO consolidation a part of his Administration's patient rights platform and stop the merger of Aetna and Prudential. The...
News Release
4/6/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Poll Shows 66% of Small Bix Executives Support Right-to-Sue Your HMO Bill The American Small Business Alliance, a national network of more than 25,000 small businesses, has announced support for California Senate Bill 21 (Figueroa), legislation to allow all patients the right to sue their HMO for quality of care violations and for acting in bad...
News Release
4/6/1999
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
CA Bill Gives All Patients the Right-to-Sue that Public Officials Now Have By a 6-3 vote today the California Senate Judiciary Committee passed California Senate Bill 21 (Figueroa), which allows all patients the right to sue their HMO for quality of care violations and for acting in bad faith. Public employees can sue their HMOs for damages...
News Release
3/31/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Legislation To Ensure Only Doctors Who Examine Patients Make Decisions The "Model Contractual Language for Medical Necessity," released today by a group of medical theorists and HMO executives meeting at Stanford, clearly demonstrates the marks of its parentage, Consumers For Quality Care said today. If, as intended, the language were to be...
News Release
3/17/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Santa Monica -- Insurance companies sell only 6% of their automobile policies in California's poor communities, even though 13% of the state's registered vehicles are in those "underserved" communities, according to a study issued by the California Department of Insurance last week. The study is the first comprehensive assessment of insurers'...
News Release
3/16/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Doctors Not In Charge Of Care, As Ads Contend A first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed today by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights on behalf of Kaiser Permanente patients alleges that a $60 million per-year, mass-market advertising campaign by the HMO has recruited nearly one half million new members through wide-spread fraud. The lawsuit...
News Release
3/9/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller, Jamie Court, Harvey Rosenfield-310-
Insurers Pay Out Less Than Half As Much As They Collect in Premiums Los Angeles -- Motorists and others injured in auto accidents have received steadily lower health care, wage loss and injury payments from insurance companies during the 1990s, according to a study titled "The Low-Balling of the California Auto Insurance Claim" released today by...
News Release
3/3/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Testimony of Jamie Court and Doug Heller Consumers For Quality Care called upon the California Department Of Corporations to halt its approval of the Aetna-Prudential merger at hearings in Los Angeles today. (Testimony available upon request) The heath care watchdog group claimed that merger would result in an HMO industry leviathan that will...
News Release
2/11/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Ranking Democrat On Ways & Means Health Committee Wants Hearings California Congressman Pete Stark, the ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Health, questioned, in Wednesday's Congressional record, whether Aetna CEO Richard Huber should lead the nation's largest HMO. Stark was responding to Huber...