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Legal Update
1/4/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
On Other Key Issues, Ruling Leaves Autistic Children at Risk; Brown Administration Urged to Take Action A Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a ruling late Monday finding in part that the Schwarzenegger Administration illegally changed state policy relating to autism coverage without following the required public process.  However...
Blog Post
12/22/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Massachusetts has the highest or near-highest health insurance premiums of any state in the nation and it's the only state that mandates the purchase of health insurance by every resident. Yet the health insurance industry, in hunting for ways to sell the mandate to Americans who hate the idea,  has concocted a ruse that a lot...
Blog Post
12/13/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If anything can save Democrats now, it's populism -- the notion that standing with 80% of Americans is real power. That's why the White House and progressives should be cheering the decision by a conservative Virginia judge to strike down the highly-unpopular federal mandate to purchase health insurance and preserve the rest of the...
Legal Update
12/9/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
We have cleared the final hurdle before going to trial next Monday on our suit against the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), the state's largest health insurance regulator, for illegally siding with insurance companies over autism treatment delays. This week, a Sacramento judge refused the DMHC's request to transfer our case to...
Blog Post
12/7/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The news of Elizabeth Edwards' death Monday struck all of us. She was a personal hero, a battler for the rights--especially health care--that so many Americans lack. When Edwards was the main speaker and honoree at Consumer Watchdog's 2007 Rage for Justice dinner, she had an audience of hundreds sobbing. Not just for Edwards, who...
Blog Post
12/2/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined 17 consumer and patient safety organizations today to condemn a proposal by the President’s debt commission to impose drastic limits on the rights of injured patients as a deficit-cutting measure. The groups wrote: The recommendation to impose cruel liability restrictions on patients injured by the medical...
Blog Post
12/1/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
  Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy: Would appropriate a catch phrase to describe online marketing: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - because what websites and data collectors tell you is different from what they tell advertisers. Companies are targeting the unconscious mind, using behavioral,...
Blog Post
11/30/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York, a veteran liberal representing Brooklyn, just issued a scary/hilarious dare to the conservative incoming House leaders who are "pledging" to repeal all of the federal health reform. He's filing a series of bills during the lame duck session of Congress, each intended to repeal a popular and...
Blog Post
11/29/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Oregon has examined the federal health reform, raised an eyebrow and said "We're going to do better, and do it without forcing people to buy private insurance." Of all the states, it may be in the best position to lead the way. Sen. Ron Wyden, who is pushing the White House to let Oregon head in a different direction, says the...
Legal Update
11/19/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Ever play a game with a poor loser who tries to change the rules when the chips are down? The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) is trying to do something like that in our lawsuit over care denials for autistic kids. Only thing is, caring for children with autism is no game. Just weeks before our scheduled December 13 trial in Los...