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Blog Post
4/14/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold told the Los Angeles Times that after "closely studying" the idea of regulating workers' comp insurance companies, he concluded that regulation would chase away insurance companies. We wonder who was tutoring him. He never contacted the consumer advocates who wrote California's 1988 Proposition 103, the nation's pre-eminent...
Blog Post
4/5/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Governor Schwarzenegger says that collecting $27 million from special interest groups over the last eight months has not affected his resolve to listen to anybody, whether or not they can afford to pay. "I want to make sure that I sit down with everyone, but unconditionally," he said, according to today�s San Jose Mercury News....
Blog Post
1/29/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
HMO reform was the big populist movement of the late 1990s and, in California, one of its main results was a new Department of Managed Health Care and its 1-800 patient help hotline. The Department has effectively helped patients denied care by intervening on their behalf and established new rules for HMOs to follow. Now some of those important...
News Release
6/19/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Call Made For Rule Changes So All Present Must Vote Or Not Be Paid Ignoring the pleas of a Health Net patient locked out of the court system by mandatory arbitration, a cabal of silent Democrats friendly to corporations joined with Republicans to put the interests of the HMO industry above those of patients. They refused to support, or to oppose,...
News Story
11/17/1996
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Health maintenance organizations, which care for more than 60 million people, are telling courts across the country that they cannot be held responsible for medical malpractice in cases involving patients who receive care through employer-sponsored health plans. The H.M.O.'s argue that they are protected against malpractice claims and lawsuits by...