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News Story
10/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view the news broadcast of this story. LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many people are getting hit with cancellation notices because their existing health care policies don't quality under the new health care law. "I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner...
News Story
10/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Many middle-class Californians with individual health plans are surprised they need policies that cover more — and cost more. Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the...
Video
10/22/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Anthem Blue Cross customers are getting letters that state that because of the requirements of Obamacare the company can no longer continue their current Anthem policy. Consumer Watchdog says it's the health insurers' fault, not the law's.
News Story
10/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are...
Legal Update
10/11/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
This week the California Court of Appeal granted Consumer Watchdog's petition for rehearing in its seminal lawsuit against the Department of Managed Health Care over treatment for autistic children. Consumer Watchdog scored a major victory in the recent decision, which bars state regulators and HMOs from discriminating against children in the...
News Story
10/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The federal official in charge of health insurance shopping malls, which open Tuesday under President Obama’s health care law, has been challenging conventional wisdom since he came to Washington from California three and a half years ago. The official, Gary M. Cohen, is at the center of the furor over the health care law...
Legal Update
9/27/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
This week Consumer Watchdog filed a brief urging the California Court of Appeal to reconsider part of a recent ruling ending autism discrimination that could be read to put behavior analysts at risk of being prosecuted for the "unlicensed practice of psychology" for care provided prior to the passage of a recent state autism law....
Legal Update
9/11/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
We're very proud of the legal team's recent victory in a lawsuit to bar discrimination against children. The California Court of Appeal's decision ended the Department of Managed Health Care’s discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children on the basis that such treatment can only be administered...
News Release
8/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...
News Story
6/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurer wins a benefits panel's support. If finalized, about 27,000 L.A. workers and their families with Anthem coverage would face a change. Blue Shield of California, already facing a Los Angeles ethics complaint over potential conflicts of interest, is poised to take a lucrative health insurance contract for city workers away...