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Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The 2004 presidential election provided a moment of clarity for many Americans about the high cost of prescription drugs. The issue infected the presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. So our consumer group chartered two private trains—dubbed the Rx Express—to take seniors to Canada to buy...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When he was in the California Legislature, Gray Davis, who later lost a recall election as governor in 2003, sponsored legislation to put the faces of missing children on milk cartons. When Consumer Watchdog wanted to force Davis, as governor, to sign a strong HMO patient protection law in 1998, our founder Harvey Rosenfield came up with the...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When HMOs tried to save some money by discharging newborns and their mothers from the hospital as early as eight hours after birth, Consumer Watchdog drove Congress to ban the so-called “drive-through deliveries.” The practice caught Congress’s eye only after a Kaiser HMO bureaucrat got a little too cute in a memo written to...
Blog Post
11/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Massachusetts was the pioneer in mandatory health insurance, requiring its citizens to buy insurance as a quid quo pro for private insurance companies' agreement to sell policies to all applicants, not just the healthiest. More people are covered now, but it hasn't cut the price of health insurance or saved the state any money. Unlike the...
Feature
11/9/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Why don't 50 million Americans have the same rights as other patients to hold their health insurer accountable for denials of care? Insurance companies profit when they delay or deny care to patients, sometimes causing permanent harm or even death. But not all patients are equal when it comes to holding insurers legally accountable for...
Focus Area
11/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Federal health reform ended some of the most outrageous practices of the health insurance industry. Insurers will no longer be able to cancel people’s coverage when they get sick and need it most, refuse to cover you because you’re not in perfect health, or sell you junk insurance that caps the amount they pay per illness, or per year...
Focus Area
11/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California’s Health Insurance Crisis, and How to Fix It As of January 1, 2014, the federal health law requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine. But rising premiums are making insurance unaffordable. The California HealthCare Foundation found that health insurance premiums for Californians have gone up 185% since 2002....
Focus Area
11/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Go to Justifyrates.org to join the campaign to regulate health insurance prices. If you have a story about your health insurance rate hikes or other insurer abuses please click here to tell us about it. One hundred and thirty-two million Americans receive health insurance in whole or part through a private-sector employer. In 1987 the Supreme...
Legal Update
11/4/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
What does "health care reform" promising "access" to health care services really mean if children can be denied the medical care they need? California HMOs and health insurers are denying autistic children the most effective medical treatment that is available, with severe consequences for them, their families, and the state...
Issue
11/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog fights to protect patients, improve health care quality and create universal care. We believe the health of patients should come before the financial wealth of HMOs, drug companies and other health care corporations. We work toward a safer, affordable health care system by eliminating waste, fraud and profiteering.