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News Release
7/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If Californians Have to Buy Health Insurance, Insurers Have to Be Regulated, Says Watchdog’s Letter to Gov. Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw weak pseudo-reforms of the health insurance industry that would bar strong regulation of health insurers. Schwarzenegger sent his proposals this...
News Story
7/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Despite years of concern about crowded emergency rooms, many California hospitals have embarked on aggressively courting patients to their ERs – a nascent campaign that has raised concerns among healthcare advocates and providers. At least 10 for-profit and not-for-profit facilities have in recent months begun marketing their ERs as a...
Blog Post
7/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Can insurance company lobbying of federal health regulation be turned into a gripping spy thriller? OK, no. But this is as close as it gets... a Huffpost story by former insurance exec Wendell Potter. He's crystal-clear about the lengths to which for-profit insurance companies will go, if it means they can keep their record profits and obscene...
News Story
7/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Health-care Overhaul May Threaten Popular Disease Management Programs Venante Kotey is a stay-at-home mother in Dumfries. Bridget Hamilton-Roberts is a nurse more than 500 miles away in Atlanta. They've never met. But over the past year and a half, Hamilton-Roberts has become critical to Kotey's health -- all through conversations over the...
News Story
7/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast segment. A few medical tourism groups want to bring more American patients to Mexican hospitals for more than cheap prescriptions and dental work. They're promoting top notch care for cheaper price tag than what the patient would get in the U.S. Steve Chiotakis: There can be a really big price...
News Story
7/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
OLDWICK, N.J. --Since the passage of U.S. health care reform, battles have erupted in some states between insurance commissioners and health insurers over double-digit premium rate increases sought by insurers on members in their individual and small group health plans. Some fights are being waged in the battleground states of California,...
News Story
7/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON -- For Aetna and other insurers, the battle over health-care reform is not over. It has just shifted to new decision-makers, a more obscure process, and a series of questions that are narrower, yet still significant. Exhibit A in the ongoing lobbying fray is an effort to shape one of the most important regulations in the health-care...
Blog Post
7/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A Colorado woman suffering from leukemia and in the middle of intensive chemotherapy gets laid off. Bad enough, but at least she can afford to keep her insurance through COBRA continuation. She pays her first COBRA bill and unknowingly it's a penny short--actually, a little under half a penny short. Then she gets a letter saying her health...
News Story
7/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ralf Burgert had no idea how costly toenail fungus could be. The San Rafael resident got rid of the common infection by treating it with the prescription medication Lamisil. It was the last thing on his mind when he applied for a health insurance policy on the individual market a short time later. He could not believe the response: Because of the...
News Story
7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthem Blue Cross reduces rate hike to average 14 percent in California INDIANAPOLIS -- Health insurer WellPoint said Wednesday that its California subsidiary will dial down rate hikes that drew national outrage earlier this year and helped spark a final push for health care reform. The Indianapolis insurer said the subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross,...