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2/10/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller - 310-392-0522 x309
Letter to Governor, Treasurer Questions Wilson Appointees' Ties to Insurance Industry SANTA MONICA -- Insurance consumer advocates decried the December appointment of David Knowles as head of the California Earthquake Authority and asked State Treasurer Phil Angelides and Governor Davis to remove him from his post, in a letter sent today....
News Release
2/9/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Board Of Aetna Also Asked To Fire C.E.O. Huber Over Remarks Consumers For Quality Care, the national health care watchdog group, today called upon Congress to convene hearings and suspend Aetna's government contracts over the HMO's attempts to mislead Congress about the facts of the landmark Goodrich vs. Aetna case in order to prevent HMO reform...
News Release
2/4/1999
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Consumers Expected to Save $43 Million in Auto Insurance Rates In a recent settlement with the Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, a project of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, Allstate Insurance Company agreed to lower its California auto insurance rates 4.6%. Motorists will save approximately 43 million dollars. "We urged...
News Release
1/21/1999
CONTACT Andrew Pontious - 310-392-0522 x308
23 States to Introduce Bills in New Legislative Sessions Legislators in 23 states across the nation have made commitments to Consumers for Quality Care that they have, or will, introduce HMO liability bills in 1999. The proposed legislation allows all patients to hold HMOs accountable for quality of care violations. Currently, workers with...
News Release
1/15/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
Senate Leaders Reform Plan Is Fool's Gold United States Senators Don Nickles, Susan Collins, Phil Gramm and other Republican leaders held a press conference this morning to announce their intentions to push forward a GOP HMO reform plan that provides for medical savings accounts, external reviews and tax deductions, but fails to allow patients...
News Release
1/14/1999
CONTACT Doug Heller or Jamie Court - 310-392-0522
Sen. Escutia Plan Creating $300 Per Year Policy Would Be First of Its Kind in Nation Sacramento -- Legislation which would provide low-income Californians access to an affordable auto insurance policy was introduced this week by California State Senator Martha M. Escutia (D-Montebello) and sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer...
News Release
1/7/1999
CONTACT Jamie Court - 310-392-0522 x327
CA Supreme Court Court Asked Not To Protect Hospital WHERE: 350 McCallister Street San Francisco, CA New Supreme Court Room WHEN: 11 A.M.; Friday January 8, 1998 Consumers for Quality Care will argue before the California Supreme Court tomorrow morning that hospitals should not have limited liability under state medical malpractice statutes...
News Release
12/15/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Suit Alleges More than 10,000 Secret Rate Actions in Past Two Years The Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, a project of The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, filed a lawsuit this week against Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush revealing that the Department of Insurance has systematically and secretly approved approximately ten...
News Release
11/4/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA --- Consumer advocates who spearheaded the grassroots effort to pass Proposition 9 made the following statements in response to the measure's defeat in Tuesday's election. "We're obviously disappointed that three private utility companies will continue to reap billion dollar benefits from a Legislative sweetheart...
News Release
10/30/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
"The rate reduction does work out to be about 2%," says PG&E spokesman In a television interview Tuesday, PG&E spokesman Cory Warren confirmed what Prop. 9 advocates have been saying all along: the 10% rate reduction on electric bills -- required as part of the 1996 deregulation of electric utilities -- does not add up. "The rate...