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News Release
1/31/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes for over 306,000 Californians on April 1. If approved on this November’s...
News Story
1/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Up to 306,000 Californians with older, individual Anthem health insurance policies — unchanged by Obamacare — are subject to the rate increases. Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%. These...
News Story
1/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In my 20 years as a practicing oncologist, I have seen way too many of my vulnerable patients fall victim to our current health care system, which has become quite deleterious and very mischievous. In 2011, there were close to 2.5 million medical-related bankruptcies in the United States. Shockingly, 75 percent of these involved patients who...
News Release
11/25/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog wrote incoming Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson to take issue with “disconcerting statements made by one of your employees, Dr. Paul Phinney, the immediate past President of the California Medical Association, who has maintained that medical negligence and substance abuse among physicians are not significant...
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...
News Story
8/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The doctors and lawyers are at it again. We've been keeping tabs on formidable foes clashing over the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damage awards in medical lawsuits, imposed by the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, also called MICRA. Today, supporters of raising the cap take their case to legislative staff. In the good cop/bad cop...
News Story
8/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
One of the Capitol's longest-running battles – over the state's $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits – is heating up again. Consumer Attorneys of California, whose members press malpractice suits, wants the Legislature to lift the cap or repeal it. Meanwhile, a wealthy man whose children...
News Story
7/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, a consumer advocacy group filed a proposed ballot initiative that aims to eliminate a cap on damages under California's medical malpractice law, the Sacramento Bee reports (White, Sacramento Bee, 7/26). Background The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act was enacted in 1975 to protect health care providers from increasing...
News Release
7/25/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Danville, CA -- Bob Pack, who lost his seven year old daughter and ten year old son on a roadside nine years ago, filed a ballot measure in California today to address the drug overdose and physician accountability issues at the heart of his family’s tragedy. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, which will require 504,760 valid...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The drive to raise the amount victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits may be going to California's ballot box. A coalition that includes the Consumer Attorneys of California, an organization representing trial lawyers, has been lobbying the Legislature aggressively this year to lift a $250,000 ceiling on pain and suffering damages...