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News Story
9/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WOMEN'S POLICY COSTS, COVERAGE WOULD BE AFFECTED As Congress and President Barack Obama began wading into national health care reform earlier this year, California's leaders were already embroiled in debate over what they could do on their own turf. Congress might eventually enact changes that address consumer complaints about being denied...
News Story
9/8/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering whether to extend the state’s low-cost auto insurance program, which offers bare-bones coverage to motorists who would otherwise drive without insurance — and break the law. So far, few Sonoma County residents have signed up for the coverage, which costs $251 a year. “It’s very...
News Story
8/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates is working on gaining support for a voter initiative aimed at the 2010 ballot that reward drivers who have had insurance for some time to be eligible for a "persistency discount," even if they change carriers. Yet the "Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act," for which support...
News Story
7/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross Johnson, said widespread overseas travel by top state climate and energy officials on the tab of nonprofits funded by industry "raises very serious questions of propriety." Consumer advocates called for a halt to the practice. "There is a long-term public cost...
News Story
7/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State officials who lead California's war on global warming often travel abroad on trips supported by the major greenhouse gas polluters they regulate, a Bee investigation has found. Industry lobbyists and executives routinely join them. Since 2006, more than two dozen top state officials have fanned out across the globe on such trips, bound for...
News Release
7/20/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco, CA -- A Bay Area man and his thirteen-year-old son urged California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to protect innocent patients from retroactive policy cancellations when they get sick and need coverage the most.   Mark Robison and his son Tylor will testified at a public hearing convened today by the California...
Blog Post
7/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Late last year, we lobbied the state's ethics agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to adopt new rules aimed at preventing ballot measure committees controlled by elected officials from promoting the officials rather than the initiatives and referendums. This was in order to stop abuses like Governor Schwarzenegger's California...
News Story
7/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As lawmakers edge closer a budget deal, teachers' unions, business groups, and even the governor hit the airwaves with their demands. SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- One major player in California’s budget impasse is showing no sign of budging – the special interest groups that pressure lawmakers on almost every key funding issue. After a day of...
News Story
7/8/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- A consumer advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Care, saying it has wrongfully allowed health insurance companies to decline payment for the treatment of autism. The lawsuit, filed by Consumer Watchdog in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims DMHC has permitted the denial of "critically needed...
News Story
7/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A nonprofit consumer group has filed a lawsuit against state regulators alleging they allow insurance companies to deny necessary but expensive treatment for autistic children in violation of state law. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior...