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News Story
9/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this news segment: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/09/20/watchdog-la-puente-lawmaker-earned-350k-in-rent-from-kaiser/ LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A public watchdog group is calling for a La Puente lawmaker to resign his post as chairman of a California senate health panel over charges that he earned over $...
News Story
9/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Insinuations of greed abound in the fight over health insurance regulation PASADENA, CA - State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, responded Tuesday to a television ad slamming him for an alleged conflict-of-interest - and what appears to be an unflattering lack of concern for constituents. The conflict in question is the lawmaker's...
News Release
9/19/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog is sponsoring television ads in the San Gabriel Valley district of California State Senator Ed Hernandez to expose the fact that Hernandez, the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has earned more than $350,000 in rental income for the state’s largest health plan, Kaiser. “This level...
News Story
9/18/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A firm owned by Sen. Ed Hernandez, who derailed legislation opposed by the nonprofit health group, leases office space to Kaiser Permanente. An advocacy group seeks his ouster from the chairmanship. Sacramento, CA -- A Southern California lawmaker who helped defeat legislation opposed by Kaiser is benefiting from a business relationship with...
News Story
9/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Feuer doesn't have enough votes in the California Senate to pass a rate-regulation bill that health insurance companies, healthcare providers and others fought. A bill that would allow California officials to regulate health insurance rates for millions of consumers has died in the Legislature after forceful...
News Story
9/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A California stakeholder tells Inside Health Policy that although legislation that would grant the state Insurance Commissioner authority to deny premium increases has passed the state Senate appropriations committee, it is very unlikely that the bill (AB52) will pass the Senate floor, at least not in its current form. A source with Consumer...
News Story
8/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Progressives didn't get a national public option. But does a state-based public plan have a shot in California? At the end of the battle over health care reform, progressives despaired because the final legislation didn't include a government-run health care plan, known as a public option. But the law provided an opening for states to...
News Story
8/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog wants to take regulation of health insurance rates to Calfornia voters with a ballot initiative set for 2012. The ballot measure would expand Proposition 103, which regulates auto and home insurance rates in California, to include health insurance rates. It would also roll back health insurance...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this morning on the front page about the landmark insurance reform we expect to be spending the next fifteen months working for. Insurance companies, the legislature and recent court rulings have all turned against consumers, much like they had in 1988, when California voters struck back with the...
News Story
8/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As Republicans try to make President Obama's landmark health care law a key issue in the 2012 election, a leading California consumer rights group wants to shift the debate by offering a groundbreaking state ballot measure calling for a public option, a 20 percent rate rollback and tough oversight of premiums. The initiative, aimed at...