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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
5/6/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles, CA -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, assailing Republicans in Washington for their health care bill, delivered a message Saturday to the Democratic-controlled California Legislature: “Please lead the country and pass the single-payer bill.” “Please make my life easier,” Sanders, who is proposing Medicare for All,...
News Release
2/27/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Physician oversight remains broken four years after a legislative review committee considered shutting down the Medical Board of California if it did not improve patient protection, Consumer Watchdog will testify today at the sunset review hearing into the future of the Board. Many consumers who complain to the Medical Board...
Video
1/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Reporter Randy Paige talks with Consumer Watchdog's Jerry Flanagan about what consumers should know about the coming battle over changes with the Affordable Care Act.
News Release
1/5/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: In order to keep a critical local hospital open in an underserved community, Consumer Watchdog joined neighborhood activists and the California Nurses Association in supporting a bid by Prime Healthcare to purchase Daughters of Charity Health System. Consumer Watchdog spoke at a public hearing organized by the Attorney General...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer organization and an anonymous HIV/AIDS patient are suing Aetna in federal court, claiming the insurer discriminates against people with HIV/AIDS by requiring them to buy medications through the mail starting Jan. 1. The plaintiffs say the mail order requirement is expensive and violates patients' privacy. The patient and advocacy...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Aetna Inc., saying a new policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS by making them get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy. Consumer Watchdog, which sued Friday in federal court, says mailing the drugs puts patients’ privacy at risk and is is...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
CMS Launches Investigation Into Potentially Discriminatory Plans The Obama administration has announced that it will investigate prescription drug plans and other health benefits offered by insurers to determine whether companies are discriminating against people with chronic conditions such as AIDS, mental illness and diabetes, the New York...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Aetna on Jan. 1 will force customers with HIV or AIDS to buy medicine from a subsidiary or pay thousands of dollars or more each month, a class action claims in Federal Court.      John Doe et al. sued Aetna, Aetna Healthcare, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy on Dec. 19. They also claim that the new policy...