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News Story
2/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers are considering bills that would limit or end participation of intervenors in automobile insurance rate filings, urge Congress and the president to renew funding for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and call on interested parties to solve difficulties with medical malpractice...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Senate President Introduces Placeholder Bill, But Both Sides Gear Up For Initiative Democrats in Sacramento have strong ties to both trial lawyers and the medical industry. But even efforts by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg may not avert an upcoming campaign fight over medical malpractice suit payouts. Steinberg on Friday introduced SB...
News Story
2/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Advocates and opponents of California's Proposition 103 are debating whether it has helped consumers 25 years after its passage. Some say the debate is being used to sway voters who will determine whether measures similar to Proposition 103 should be applied to health insurance in the state this fall. Passed in 1988, the...
News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure to increase 1975's pain and suffering limit of $250,000. Doctors and insurers have already raised $33 million to fight it. SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth. For...
News Story
2/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance companies in California spent $13.8 million to defeat a state ballot initiative that would require them to get approval for rate hikes, according to the non-profit Consumer Watchdog Campaign. The ballot measure would require insurers to publicly justify rate increases under the penalty of perjury, ban excessive rate hikes, allow...
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 Story
1/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed Commentary was published in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday, January 12, 2014. ----------------- No political consultant sees more angles than Richie Ross, but his tangent opposing two pro-consumer ballot initiatives, which could turn 2014 into the Year of the Patient, is unsound geometry (“Voters can’t avoid health...
News Story
1/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Should damages for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice case be capped at $250,000? To write a letter, go to sacbee.com/sendletter. Or comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/sacramentobee. Jahi McMath could be any parent’s daughter. The 13-year-old eighth-grader went into Children’s Hospital in...