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News Story
6/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Under a provision tucked into budget legislation by the state Senate, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission would be exempt from a proposal intended to prevent commissioners from spending agency-related funds that receive less public oversight.  A dispute over the proposal pits the two...
News Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group is criticizing premium rates in California's health insurance exchange for being too high, the Los Angeles Times reports (Terhune [1], Los Angeles Times, 6/12). Background The exchange -- named Covered California -- primarily will serve individuals and small businesses. Supporters hope the exchange will function...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama singled out California last week for getting better-than-expected rates in its rollout of the health insurance overhaul for millions of consumers. Yet some Obamacare supporters say those premiums are still too high, and they are continuing to push for a California ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates. Last month,...
Blog Post
5/30/2013
Posted by admin
Written by Alejandra Gonzelez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn't give her a simple test. A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 - that is the value of a child in California when they...
News Story
5/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's self-driving car had already logged hundreds of thousands of miles on Bay Area roads before Gov. Jerry Brown took a ceremonious spin in an autonomous Prius last year and signed a law allowing the vehicles to operate in California. Now bureaucrats in state government are playing catch-up, writing a whole new set of rules of the road....
News Story
5/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California's newly created health exchange announced the bottom line on its insurance policies and rates Thursday, bringing sharper focus to family impacts of next year's health care overhaul. Thirteen companies were selected to sell policies for the individual market through Covered California, a state-owned marketplace for comparing...
News Release
5/23/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog responded today to the news that the state’s three largest health insurance companies -- Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser -- would continue to dominate the health insurance market in the California health exchange with concerns that patients will continue to pay excessive premiums because of decreased...
News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In another major step toward national health reform, California on Thursday unveiled a list of insurers who will offer coverage through the state's new health exchange marketplace, providing the first glimpse into plans and prices for up to 5.3 million people not covered by employers. Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California...
News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Just a few years ago, the idea that a 19-year-old from Romania had built a self-driving car would’ve sounded like science fiction. Now, to get attention, Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu had to do it on the cheap. While Google’s (GOOG) autonomous driving vehicle costs $75,000, Budisteanu’s system—which uses 3D radar and a mounted...
News Story
5/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative is in the works for the November 2014 ballot that seeks to repeal the $250,000 cap on damages in medical malpractice cases and overhaul the Medical Board of California. The measure is being drafted by Consumer Watchdog and the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation, a Danville-based nonprofit started after the Pack family lost their young...