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Blog Post
11/30/2010
By Judy Dugan
Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York, a veteran liberal representing Brooklyn, just issued a scary/hilarious dare to the conservative incoming House leaders who are "pledging" to repeal all of the federal health reform. He's filing a series of bills during the lame duck session of Congress, each intended to repeal a popular and...
Blog Post
11/29/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Oregon has examined the federal health reform, raised an eyebrow and said "We're going to do better, and do it without forcing people to buy private insurance." Of all the states, it may be in the best position to lead the way. Sen. Ron Wyden, who is pushing the White House to let Oregon head in a different direction, says the...
Legal Update
11/19/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Ever play a game with a poor loser who tries to change the rules when the chips are down? The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) is trying to do something like that in our lawsuit over care denials for autistic kids. Only thing is, caring for children with autism is no game. Just weeks before our scheduled December 13 trial in Los...
Blog Post
11/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Massachusetts was the pioneer in mandatory health insurance, requiring its citizens to buy insurance as a quid quo pro for private insurance companies' agreement to sell policies to all applicants, not just the healthiest. More people are covered now, but it hasn't cut the price of health insurance or saved the state any money. Unlike the...
Feature
11/9/2010
By Jerry Flanagan
Why don't 50 million Americans have the same rights as other patients to hold their health insurer accountable for denials of care? Insurance companies profit when they delay or deny care to patients, sometimes causing permanent harm or even death. But not all patients are equal when it comes to holding insurers legally accountable for...
Legal Update
11/4/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
What does "health care reform" promising "access" to health care services really mean if children can be denied the medical care they need? California HMOs and health insurers are denying autistic children the most effective medical treatment that is available, with severe consequences for them, their families, and the state...
Blog Post
10/21/2010
By Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
News Release
10/21/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Watchdogs Call For Rate Freeze by President Until Pricing Rules Take Effect   WASHINGTON, DC -- State insurance commissioners sent rules to the Department of Health and Human Services today that will require insurers to spend more money on health care and less on administration and profits. Regulators should be applauded for rejecting last...
News Release
10/20/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043 or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...