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News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The American College of Physicians yesterday published a position paper in a medical journal that supports mandatory reporting of all prescription-drug dispensing -- a requirement that was stricken at the last minute from a California bill passed last legislative session. Yesterday's article in the Annals of Internal Medicine said...
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – In a confidential email to hospital executives across California, the CEO of California’s hospital association Duane Dauner states the hospital lobby is poised to spend $60 million on its recently filed ballot measure for an “iron-clad protection initiative” that would make it “impossible for the...
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA  -- In a position paper published today to address the “serious public health problem” of prescription drug abuse, the nation’s largest physician medical society argues that doctors should be required to check state prescription drug databases before prescribing controlled substances to patients. Petitions...
News Story
12/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Propositions on malpractice lawsuits and tobacco taxes, among other issues, could lead to multimillion-dollar campaigns. SACRAMENTO — While much of the country is gearing up for the holidays, political forces in Sacramento are girding for battle. Already, special interests are lined up with plans that could shape next year's general...
News Story
12/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Union's filing of two ballot measures after talks stalled shows how the initiative process can be used as a weapon, critics say. SACRAMENTO — Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Assn., emailed the group's board in September with a warning: The leader of the state's largest healthcare workers' union had told him...
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
11/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot teeming with health measures next November may prompt hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending. SACRAMENTO — Obamacare's troubled rollout — and its more successful California start — may be dominating the news now. But wait till next year. An election year ballot full of health issues awaits California...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama’s move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President...
News Story
11/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
By now, it’s no surprise when California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issues a press release, and the one that came Tuesday commemorated the 25th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, when Jones was still in law school. That was the measure that, among other things, made the insurance commissioner’s job elective,...
Blog Post
11/12/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
I'm truly humbled. It was a big deal when, 25 years ago this month, you and other California voters joined with me to pass Proposition 103, the toughest auto insurance regulation in the nation. But I had no idea exactly how big. Today, in downtown Los Angeles, the Consumer Federation of America released the findings of a new report: Prop 103...