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News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California's low medical malpractice cap is the hot item in a proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday, but the measure also seeks to stop physician drug abuse and keep doctors from over-prescribing pain medications. Dubbed the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, the measure seeks to address the reasons for a family tragedy caused when a...
News Release
7/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington DC -- Health insurance giant WellPoint today announced a 24% profit increase in the 2nd quarter of 2013, as compared to last year, and the company's stock hit an all-time high of $90 per share on Wednesday. WellPoint reported it earned $800.1 million, or $2.64 per share, in the three months that ended June 30th, which is up about 24...
News Story
7/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   California — A fight over medical malpractice in California may be headed to the ballot box next year. California's cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases hasn't changed in 38 years. Some say it's time for a change. A coalition of...
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates want to raise the cap on non-economic malpractice damages. Also: Limo safety is a priority in the Legislature; California's roads rank low. SACRAMENTO — A long-dormant conflict over medical malpractice is heating up again at the state Capitol. A coalition of consumer advocates, trial lawyers and the nurses union is...
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog and the legislator who initially backed California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which caps non-economic damages awarded in malpractice cases at $250,000, are working together on a ballot initiative to raise the cap to $1.1 million to adjust for inflation. California...
News Story
7/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A recent survey of California voters shows 55 percent think the $250,000 cap on non-economic damages a patient can collect due to doctor malpractice is “too high or about right.” One in three think the cap is too low or there should be no limit, according to a phone survey of 802 randomly selected registered voters in California likely...
News Story
6/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
As part of what advocates call the “next step” of the Affordable Care Act, California voters will consider an initiative next year that will empower regulators and consumer advocates to challenge health insurance premium rate hikes. Though healthcare reform, better known these days as Obamacare, gives the government the ability to...
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,...
News Story
2/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The November election delivered California Democrats a coveted supermajority for governing the state. Now the party's leader in the Senate wants to use that political capital to give the Legislature more say in the voter initiatives that make their way to the ballot. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg plans to unveil what he calls...