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11/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Donabedian v. Mercury Insurance Company Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC249019 Court of Appeal: Donabedian v. Mercury Insurance Company (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 968 Consumer Watchdog Protects Public and Voters in Decade-Long Battle Against Overcharges by Mercury Insurance Company   UPDATE: Victims of Mercury's overcharges must redeem coupons...
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 Release
7/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Fine Print Contains Hidden Penalties, Taxpayer Costs   Santa Monica, CA -- The billionaire chairman of Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance Company is sponsoring a ballot measure that would legalize surcharges of hundreds of dollars for automobile insurance, penalize good drivers for accidents that are not their fault, and lead to more...
News Story
7/8/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- A consumer advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Care, saying it has wrongfully allowed health insurance companies to decline payment for the treatment of autism. The lawsuit, filed by Consumer Watchdog in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims DMHC has permitted the denial of "critically needed...
News Story
7/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A nonprofit consumer group has filed a lawsuit against state regulators alleging they allow insurance companies to deny necessary but expensive treatment for autistic children in violation of state law. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior...
News Story
7/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The auto insurer's alter ego, Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates, is sponsoring a bill that it says will surely lower our insurance bills. The art of setting automobile insurance rates is incomprehensible to most of us civilians. Liability coverage, comprehensive insurance, assigned risk pools, discounts, surcharges... the list goes on....