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News Story
3/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  Julia Lesselyong has health insurance, but her plan doesn't cover a prescription sleep medication she takes. Still, the 25-year-old San Francisco resident has an option: a drug discount card that gets her 10 percent off the $100 monthly cost of the drug. The cards, which are free, provide consumers with a discount of up to 75 percent off...
News Story
1/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
OLDWICK, N.J. -- In a pre-emptive strike on a legislative mandate, major health insurers in Florida have agreed to pay for what could be costly care for members diagnosed with cancer who participate in clinical trials. The "Clinical Trials Compact," negotiated by Florida state Sen. Don Gaetz, a Republican and chairman of the Senate...
News Story
1/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
KCRA 3 Gets Letter In Response To Public Records Request Click here to watch news video segment of this story. SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When the H1N1 flu pandemic began, there was a serious shortage of vaccine. In November, KCRA 3 and other news organizations began asking the California Department of Public Health how these limited supplies were...
Blog Post
12/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Health insurers, hospitals and even some state-level doctor groups are gearing up for the next battle against reform, in state capitols. So, just as insurance companies used your ever-rising premium dollars to coerce their employees into lobbying against a public option and a Medicare expansion, they'll spend lavishly in the states to stop...
News Story
12/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Overwhelmingly negative comments greeted my recent column blasting Howard Dean and other liberals who opposed the Senate health reform bill. But amid the abuse heaped on my old gray head were a couple of constructive, intelligent comments nailing one of the great weaknesses of the bill: It’s a giveaway to the insurance companies. One reader...
News Story
12/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CONFLICT: City Criticizes Chamber of Commerce's Effort, Saying It Is Misleading. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new prescription drug discount program that has sparked complaints from a similar city-run effort that the chamber is misleading residents by copying the city program but offering lower benefits. The city program...
Blog Post
12/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This sizzling editorial (two words you can't often use together) in the New York Times lays out the damage Sen. Joe Lieberman has singlehandedly done to health reform. It's the best argument you could find for following the call of my colleague, Jamie Court, to dump the Senate's 60-vote "filibuster rule" that lets industry mouthpieces...
News Release
12/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The failure of the U.S. Senate to allow importation of prescription drugs to cut costs, much less the more effective direct bulk purchasing of prescription drugs, is just the latest example of how big industry controls the health reform debate, according to Consumer Watchdog. "The proposed drug amendment by Senator Dorgan...
News Story
11/13/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, GUEST HOST (voice-over): The longer you ponder the problem of achieving universal health care coverage in this country, the more you realize that Congressman Anthony Weiner, Dennis Kucinich and about 100 of their colleagues are right; the more realize that the late Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Ted Kennedy were right....
News Story
9/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to this segment. The city of Los Angeles this week announced a major new prescription drug bulk purchasing plan to lower costs for residents. A five-year long effort by a number of advocacy organizations working with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, finally resulted in success, at a time when the spiraling costs of prescription...