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News Story
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog asks a judge to order the state Department of Managed Health Care to enforce the law and require insurers to serve autistic members. The agency says it's doing its job. State regulators are violating mental health and other laws by allowing health insurers to deny effective treatment for children with autism, consumer advocates...
News Story
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer advocate group has sued California regulators accusing them of violating mental health and other laws by allowing health insurers to deny critical treatments for children with autism. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica group that monitors insurance practices, has asked the court to order the Department of Managed Health Care to require...
News Story
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- California regulators are being challenged in court for siding with insurance companies, rather than patients, over some costly autism therapies. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, consumer advocates complain that the Department of Managed Health Care broke state law by precluding expert doctors from deciding whether an insurer must...
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
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Listen to the audio of this broadcast here. A consumer group is suing California regulators for allowing health insurers to deny treatment for autism. Consumer Watchdog says thousands of children statewide are affected by the denials. The autism treatment in question is called applied behavioral analysis. It's a one-on-one therapy that helps...
News Story
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Watch a video clip of this report here. SANTA MONICA, CA (KABC) -- A consumer watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care. The group alleges state regulators wrongfully allowed insurance companies to deny certain treatments for children with autism. Kristie Sepulveda-Burchit and her husband knew...
News Release
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The mother of an autistic child joined Consumer Watchdog and its attorneys today to announce a lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care (“DMHC”), the Schwarzenegger Administration agency responsible for regulating many of California’s health insurers.  The suit alleges that the...
News Story
7/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state agency that oversees HMOs, accusing it of violating state law by siding with insurance companies in denying treatment for children with autism. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica nonprofit group, along with a Los Angeles physician who is the mother of two autistic children claimed the...
Blog Post
6/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a stunning show of fealty to insurance giant Safeco, 14 Republican state Senators and 11 Assemblymembers have asked the California Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling that Safeco Insurance has to disclose the names of policyholders it may have cheated.  Considering that state lawmakers are supposed to be spending their time...
News Story
5/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- California's chief insurance regulator said Thursday he has approved an 8 percent rate cut amounting to $219 million in savings for State Farm auto insurance policyholders in the state. The rate reductions, which will go into effect starting July 6, would save an average of $66 annually for each of the 3.3 million customers in...