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News Release
10/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
Blog Post
1/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Washington Post today has an eye-opening story today on how a family ended up in crushing debt at an "in-network" hospital apparently jammed with out-of-network doctors. Tens of thousands of dollars later, their little boy's rare and deadly heart defect is at least semi-fixed, but the family finances are in ruins. It's a problem that...
Blog Post
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
My blackberry picture is a little too blurry to do them justice, but this is Scott, Steve and Kathy Olsen at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building last week (you can see the Supreme Court building in the background) to urge members of Congress to keep limits on patients’ legal rights out of the health care bill... My...
Blog Post
6/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Yeah, I know that some things are shunned in the consumer end of the health reform debate: don't mention Canada because it's been demonized as some kind of socialism (and it's full of foreigners, eh?). And so-called single payer or "Medicare for All" are dead in D.C. But let's violate both rules on a one-time basis. Here's the best...
Archived Article
9/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Back in 2004, I had Kaiser health insurance through my employer. I was diagnosed late that year with a fibroid uterine tumor and the doctors said I needed a hysterectomy. After the surgery that December, at Kaiser in Santa Rosa, my cervical bleeding never stopped, and I have it to this day. I was fatigued, had dizzy spells, first rarely and...
News Story
6/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doctors are supposed to prescribe tests and treatments that are medically necessary for their patients. Health insurers are expected to cover that care, while keeping inappropriate expenses in check. But what happens when that process breaks down and sick patients are left to fight for medical care? Each year, thousands of Californians find...
Blog Post
6/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog needs to hear from patients who who are insured--but have been forced to pay extra on their medical bills. Have you been billed by a doctor or hospital for more than your insurance company's payment and your copays? Even been sent to collection for these extra bills? Click here to tell us your story. Or read on for more detalis....
News Story
2/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Francisco Chronicle February 5, 2008 by Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer Despite efforts by hospitals to curb aggressive collections practices, a study released Tuesday found the uninsured in California still pay more on average for services than government payers such as Medicare. Researchers for the Rand Corp. and the University...
Archived Article
1/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mandatory Private Insurance Is Unaffordable Read what happened when Ron flew 3,000 miles from Massachusetts to California to explain to lawmakers why mandatory private insurance is unaffordable for his family. I'm Ron Norton, an adjunct professor of radiology and an administrator at a Massachusetts community college. But like 66% of our community...
Archived Article
12/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mandatory Private Insurance Is Unaffordable I think most people don't realize the consequences of this insurance mandate in Massachusetts because they have insurance at work or they're getting some other subsidy. They don't realize the full cost. But they could be in our situation someday. Until this year we had health coverage through my husband'...