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Blog Post
2/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As pressure builds toward Thursday's "bipartisan" presidential summit on health care reform, some Capitol Hill staffers have reported receiving calls from the White House claiming the President is ready to give up the legal rights of medical malpractice victims for GOP support. What's wrong with the trade-off? LA's local NPR talk radio...
News Release
2/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
National Health Care Reformers Should Pay Attention to Lawsuit Alleging That Nation's Largest Insurer Denies Liver Transplants Automatically   Los Angeles, CA -- A trial beginning today targeting the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., and its California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, illustrates how difficult, and how...
News Story
2/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A California ballot item would legalize practices Mercury has been fined for.      If you work as a bartender, junk dealer, longshoreman, actor or domestic worker, you might have had trouble getting home insurance from Mercury Corp. at one time or another. And if you were a soldier who was transferred from one U.S. base to another,...
News Story
2/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There are major questions for a big auto insurance company over sky-high rates. A 275 page California Insurance Commission report obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle is landing a damaging blow to Mercury Insurance, just as it fights to change California car insurance regulations. The state found evidence that Mercury may have violated state...
News Story
2/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN DIEGO, CA — To some, the proposed initiative known as the Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act sounds appealing. But consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog told 10News that potential voters should not be fooled. They said the initiative is a thinly veiled attempt to raise insurance rates. “It’s a fraud, it...
News Story
2/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Mercury Insurance Corp. has a history of discriminatory practices against an array of groups, including military personnel, that led to unfair surcharges or outright denial of coverage, according to a 275-page report released by the Department of Insurance. The document, which is being used as part of an administrative case the...
News Story
1/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Should someone in Idaho or Nevada have significantly different health care coverage from someone in Massachusetts? That, essentially, is one of the biggest questions Congress will be wrestling with as it tries to meld House and Senate bills into a single law to revamp the nation’s health care system. The issue has not received as much...
News Story
1/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A California appeals court upheld changes to state insurance regulations that clarified that insurers must pay the cost of challenges to rates deemed excessive. The appellate panel rejected a challenge from the Association of California Insurance Companies and others. The decision in Association of California Insurance Companies...
News Story
1/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A California appeals court ruled that the state’s insurers must compensate consumer advocacy groups when they take action to have a carrier’s rates rolled back, even when a settlement is reached without a hearing. In a decision by a three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, the judges upheld a lower court...
News Story
1/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer groups that successfully challenge insurance rate increases can recoup their legal fees from the insurers, even when the companies drop their requests or agree to a compromise, a state appeals court has ruled. The decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles last week focused on the fine points of a 1988 voter...