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News Story
7/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
As Democrats gear up for the 2018 election, they confront big challenges: Polls in the last election showed a general electorate that deeply distrusted the party’s leaders, while new surveys show the Democratic base has lost faith in government — and now many swing voters believe Democrats aim to help the wealthy. At the same...
News Release
5/8/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- United States Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday night called on California to take the lead in healthcare reform and pass a bill that would provide a single-payer healthcare system. “The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country, and all over the world if you pass single-payer...
News Story
1/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. What isn’t being discussed...
Blog Post
1/9/2017
Posted by Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred...
News Story
12/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are urging the Department of Managed Health Care to "use its full authority to impose comprehensive requirements to protect consumers before allowing the merger between Centene and Health Net to move forward." Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the regulator last week, detailing several safeguards the group would...
News Story
11/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance consumers worry about skinny networks of doctors, money they may need to pull out of their pockets, and rising tax penalties faced by the uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said they should focus more on a patient from the Pomona area. He underwent emergency heart surgery and then obtained coverage...
Video
10/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s president addresses challenges for consumers from health care reform.
News Story
2/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
For millions, subsidies don't kick in until up to 9.5% of their income goes to premiums. The lure used to get uninsured Americans to sign up for health law coverage was the promise of generous premium subsidies. The promise comes with a catch for almost 3 million people earning three to four times the federal poverty rate: They may have to pay...
News Story
1/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Every year, thousands of patients around California fill out surveys, answering basic questions about their experiences with their doctors. Did he or she communicate well with the patient, explaining information and treatment options in a way that's easy to understand? Were you able to see the doctor within 15 minutes of your scheduled...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...