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News Story
10/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Possibly setting up a clash over health insurance regulation, Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, announced Thursday that he will run for California insurance commissioner next year. Gaines won a new Senate term in 2012, which means he is not up for re-election until 2016 and can seek statewide office next year without risking the Senate seat. Gaines...
News Release
9/26/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA – The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog is telling Californians about the list of physicians who have funded the opposition to a mandatory drug testing initiative for doctors. “Substance abuse among California physicians is higher than the general population, yet unlike bus drivers and...
News Story
9/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Two federal courts in California recently took up the question of whether invasion of privacy laws should apply to unauthorized opening of e-mail, in one case, and interception of unencrypted home Wi-Fi communications in another. Wiretapping law stood the test against "Wi-spying" on Tuesday. A panel of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of...
News Release
9/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include those reforms the legislature fails to enact this year. SB 670 (Steinberg) would...
News Release
8/22/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk." California was singled out as one of the problem states....
News Release
8/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...
News Story
8/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California supporters of damage caps on medical malpractice lawsuits have gained an unexpected ally—Planned Parenthood. And that organization is coming under fire for its position on the issue. Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said the state's pain-and-suffering cap has helped protect women...
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 Release
8/15/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Fifteen women and mothers whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence wrote to the CEOs of Planned Parenthood today asking them to reverse a position that is devastating to women’s health and access to justice in California. The letter asked the CEOs to reverse their position on a proposed ballot measure...
News Release
8/13/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed the overprescribing epidemic in California, reporting that the pharmaceutical...