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News Story
11/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Opening the door for insurers to sell policies across state lines could allow health plans to avoid tougher requirements in places like California. Healthcare overhaul bills working their way through Congress could jeopardize laws in California and other states that require insurers to pay for treatments such as AIDS testing, second surgical...
News Story
11/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A spokesman for state Attorney General Jerry Brown secretly recorded six interviews with five journalists since April despite being told by department officials not to do so a year ago, according to documents obtained Monday by The Chronicle. Still, spokesman Scott Gerber e-mailed one of the officials on Oct. 28 saying he planned to record a call...
News Story
10/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A lawsuit claiming the California Department of Managed Care improperly allowed health insurers to decline payment for autism treatments will proceed to trial after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge rebuked the state in a preliminary ruling. In Consumer Watchdog et. al. vs. California Department of Managed Health Care et...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A lawsuit alleging state regulators allow insurance companies to deny necessary but expensive treatment for autistic children in violation of state law has enough merit to proceed to trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled. The lawsuit, filed in July by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, seeks to compel the California Department of...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A lawsuit seeking health care coverage for the use of applied behavioral analysis in the treatment of autism has been cleared for trial by the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Consumer Watchdog et. al. vs. California Department of Managed Health Care et. al. involves Kaiser Permanente’s denial of coverage for a child...
News Release
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA – A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a ruling finding that the Schwarzenegger Administration has illegally sided with health insurance companies that deny access to care for autistic children.  A memo circulated by the Schwarzenegger Administration to health insurers was also ruled to be an illegal “...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Refusing to cover a costly behavioral therapy because the care provider lacks a state license violates California law, a Los Angeles County judge finds. A tactic used by insurance companies to deny expensive behavioral therapy to autistic children has been deemed illegal by a Los Angeles judge. In a preliminary ruling, Los Angeles County Superior...
News Story
10/13/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have extended California's Low Cost Auto Insurance program for low-income families. With the Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program set to expire on Jan. 1, 2011, extending it through 2015 now would be premature, Schwarzenegger said in a veto message. The governor...
News Story
10/12/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Efforts to extend a state-backed auto insurance program for low-income Californians failed after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have kept it going until 2016. State law requires all drivers to carry minumum levels of liability insurance, and the low-income policy provides affordable coverage to motorists ...
News Story
10/12/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., signed five bills into law this weekend that would extend consumer protections for everybody from car buyers to magazine subscribers. However, he vetoed bills cracking down on loan modification fraud and another to extend low cost auto insurance to 50,000 needy Californians. Loan...