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News Story
8/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Trump administration’s decision to give health insurers until Sept. 5 to file their 2018 rates will not have an effect in California. That is because California insurers have already announced plans to raise rates an average of 12.5 percent next year. But premiums could go up even more, depending on what President Trump decides to do...
News Story
8/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Depending on how things go in a scheduled Aug. 23 state Senate confirmation hearing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest choice for a seat on the powerful state Public Utilities Commission, many millions of consumers could face both health risks and higher-than-necessary electric, gas and water bills for the next six years. That’s the length...
News Release
7/31/2017
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Under a recent settlement of two lawsuits, members of health plans issued by Aetna, Inc. and its subsidiary, Coventry Health Care, Inc., are no longer required to obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order and may obtain those medications at retail pharmacies.  The class action lawsuits alleged that Aetna and Coventry...
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...
Video
6/23/2017
Posted by Connor
Carmen Balber, Executive Director and Healthcare Advocate at Consumer Watchdog, tells Randy Page of CBS news that the Senate Health Bill being pushed by Senate Republicans is a bad deal for working families.
News Story
6/22/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The Senate’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could be voted on next week. If passed into law, how would the American Healthcare Act affect Californians? Fewer people covered, higher costs for the elderly and dramatic cuts for the working poor, according to Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA...
Blog Post
4/27/2017
Posted by Connor
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Health Committee voted decisively to move S.B. 562 to the floor of the Senate. The Healthy California Act would establish a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system in the state, ensuring that all Californians have access to affordable healthcare. The bill was proposed by Senator Toni Atkins and Senator Ricardo...
Video
3/15/2017
Posted by Connor
The GOP's proposed American Healthcare Act would drive up prices for the elderly, sick, and those with lower incomes says Consumer Watchdog.
News Release
2/14/2017
Posted by Connor
  Santa Monica, CA – Consumers are just beginning to discover that Anthem eliminated coverage for out-of-network doctors ​now that the Affordable Care Act “Open Enrollment Period” to secure health coverage for 2017 ended on January 31. “Anthem broke the law and its promises to consumers by illegally eliminating...
News Story
1/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Mid-City woman said she was duped by an insurance company that sold her junk insurance. A year and a half ago, DeeAnn Davis lost her health insurance along with her job. “The Cobra insurance they extended was $900 a month. So I had to search for my own policy,” she said. So Davis called the...