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News Story
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The non-profit Consumer Watchdog and a doctor who works with autistic children are suing the California Department of Managed Health Care. Their lawsuit alleges that the agency is allowing insurance companies to refuse to pay for effective but expensive treatments for kids with autism. Consumer Watchdog’s Jerry Flanagan: "Right now,...
News Story
6/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A just-passed bill in Sacramento, and a proposal by California's insurance commissioner, would help end abuses by insurers. One of the casualties of last year's budget fiasco in Sacramento was a bill that would have made it harder for health insurance companies to rescind coverage after a customer undergoes expensive treatment -- a noxious...
News Story
6/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Health insurance companies would be forbidden from jerking coverage from customers when they are sick under proposed new rules in California. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today introduced historic regulations to prevent the practice called rescission, which has been the target of frequent consumer complaints. The...
News Release
6/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Without Parallel Rules In Department Of Managed Health Care, Insurers Can "Discriminate ... On the Basis of Which Agency Regulates" the Policy. Los Angeles, CA -- At a press conference today in Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog joined California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to praise new rules proposed by the Department of...
News Story
6/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- Chevron, giant of the California oil industry, has again dug deep into its pockets to contribute to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most recent favorite campaign cause – and consumer advocates are charging that skulduggery is afoot. Just days after the package of ballot measures that Schwarzenegger supported flopped in...
Blog Post
5/22/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Vail Drilling - an oil company and one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's largest donors - had to pay a $6,500 fine this week for failing to disclose a $500,000 contribution it made to the governator's campaign fund. The fine was announced by the state ethics board, responsible for overseeing the campaign laws, because the company was late reporting its...
Blog Post
4/6/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
"Prevention" was the word of morning at the White House Western forum on health care reform in downtown LA. Led by Oprah's Dr. Oz, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire, the assembled "stakeholders" rattled off how prevention pays in health care. 20% of the patients account for 80% of the...
Blog Post
4/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Jose Mercury News reported this week that when Gov. Schwarzenegger recently began sending state workers home on unpaid leave one day a month to save California money, in one instance, the furloughs are actually costing California millions of dollars. Arnold insisted that his unpaid time off policy, which covers about 235,000 state workers...
Blog Post
3/6/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
To follow up on my post from earlier this week, one of the Gov’s cabinet members resigned due to inquiries about income she received from companies who lobby her agency. Rosario Marin, head of the State & Consumer Services Agency, received payment for speeches she made to private companies, including some that lobby the Consumer Services...
Blog Post
3/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Los Angeles Times reported over the weekend that several top members of Arnold’s staff charged California taxpayers thousands in airfare, hotel and meal costs with little oversight, and some without any documentation. In one of the worst examples, Carrie Lopez, director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, flew from Sacramento, where...