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News Story
6/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. The informal partnership between one of California’s leading healthcare unions and the California Hospital Association has drawn mixed reviews, with some praising the deal between the traditional adversaries, and others saying the union is getting too cozy with management. The...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
he arthritis in Jill Smith's knees can make walking unbearable. So she receives injections of an expensive pain medicine called Orthovisc once or twice a year. It's not that Smith, 58, of Pacific Palisades, has problems with the $200 fee that her doctor at the Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group charges each time she comes...
News Story
5/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
At least five big questions remain about the secret deal announced with fanfare Tuesday between California hospitals and the largest health care union in the state. The California Hospital Association and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West heralded a “visionary agreement” to work together to address...
News Story
5/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nation's Biggest Health-Care Union and the State's Hospital Industry Will Use Fund to Improve State Medicaid System The nation's biggest health-care union and the California hospital industry said Tuesday they had reached a multiyear deal to create a $100 million fund to improve a state-run Medicaid system they say falls short on...
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 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 Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The California advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has sued UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, alleging it is illegally forcing its sickest and most vulnerable members to abandon their local pharmacies in favor of United’s own in-house mail-order service. The mail-order rule is discriminatory under state civil rights law and...
News Release
6/11/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA. -- In a potentially devastating move for the health and privacy of HIV/AIDS patients, United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, is illegally forcing its sickest and most vulnerable members to abandon their local pharmacies in favor of United’s own in-house mail-order service, according to a new statewide...