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Legal Update
9/11/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
We're very proud of the legal team's recent victory in a lawsuit to bar discrimination against children. The California Court of Appeal's decision ended the Department of Managed Health Care’s discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children on the basis that such treatment can only be administered...
News Release
8/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...
News Story
6/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. California — A California consumer group is suing the nation's largest health insurer for discrimination against HIV / AIDS patients. The class-action suit alleges United Healthcare is breaking the law by requiring patients to get all of their medications by mail order...
News Story
6/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The nation's largest health insurance carrier is being sued over its handling of prescriptions for HIV/AIDS patients. Consumer Watchdog is suing UnitedHealthcare, claiming the insurance company is forcing HIV patients to abandon their pharmacies in favor of United's own mail-order prescription service. The group and...
News Story
6/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CN) - United Healthcare Insurance subjects thousands of HIV-positive Californians to "potentially life-threatening" delays by making them get their prescription drugs through the mail, a class action claims in Federal Court. John Doe sued United Healthcare Insurance, mail order pharmacy OptumRx, Pacificare Life and Health...
Video
5/28/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog is claiming victory in settlement with Blue Cross regarding delivery of medication for HIV/AIDS patients.
News Release
5/23/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.   The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...
News Story
4/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Medical board is too slow to discipline physicians, some critics say Rancho Cordova doctor Wu-Hsiung Su misdiagnosed a lump in a patient's breast in 2003 and failed to follow up on her condition. She died from cancer in 2007. Her family filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California in 2008. Two years later, the agency filed a public...
News Story
4/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Legislators propose turning over investigations of doctors to the state attorney general's office, leaving the board to deal with licensing. The Medical Board of California would be stripped of its power to investigate physician misconduct under a sweeping reform plan by legislators who say the agency has struggled to hold problem doctors...
News Story
2/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Jaime Rosenthal, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, called more than 100 hospitals in every state last summer, seeking prices for a hip replacement for a 62-year-old grandmother who was uninsured but had the means to pay herself. The quotes she received might surprise even hardened health care economists: only about half of the...