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News Release
2/12/2008
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
NEWS RELEASE Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Santa Monica, CA -- A consumer group today released a critique of a report by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber supporting mandatory purchase of private insurance which used 30 year-old data to show that most Americans are "over-insured" and to defend the affordability of the plan.   Download the...
News Release
1/3/2008
CONTACT By Jerry Flanagan, 310-392-0522 x319; Judy Dugan, x305; Jamie Court, x327
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter sent today to California Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, a consumer group urged Hill, who is conducting an independent fiscal analysis of the state's health care legislation, to examine cost overruns hitting a similar program in Massachusetts and the lack of controls over insurer profiteering in the California...
News Release
4/17/2007
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989
Sacramento, CA -- The California Assembly Health Committee approved a bill today by Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) that would require HMOs and health insurers to justify their rates and get approval for increases in premiums and other payments. The legislation is similar to requirements in the auto insurance market under Propostion 103 that...
Blog Post
10/10/2005
Doug Heller
For weeks, Arnold sat with SB 399 on his desk. The bill would have ended a taxpayer subsidy of the insurance industry in which government health programs pay the medical costs of car accidents instead of the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident. Supporters of the bill -- doctors, county hospitals and attorneys -- pinned their...
Blog Post
3/3/2005
Jerry Flanagan & Doug Heller
Last December, Arnold shamelessly bragged that he was kicking nurses' butts in Sacramento after he threw out patient protection rules guaranteeing that hospitals have enough nurses on duty. But a tentative court ruling today canned the governor's order, saving the butts of countless California patients. The result was predictable given the...
Blog Post
1/14/2005
Jerry Flanagan
Governor Schwarzenegger's budget plan will force 816,000 seniors, disabled Californians and their family members currently enrolled in the state's Medi-Cal program into HMOs. Forget for the moment that we shouldn't be leaving seniors and the disabled in the hands of HMOs; this plan is a budgetary disaster that will cost California more money than...
Blog Post
7/23/2004
Jamie Court
Arnold looked like the HMOs' Superhero today when his HMO regulator suddenly blessed the nation's largest health insurance acquisition; Anthem's buyout of Wellpoint, the parent company of Blue Cross of California. Tipsters in the Department of Managed Health Care say the Gov himself made sure the deal got a rubber stump and, suggesting he is...
Blog Post
5/4/2004
Jerry Flanagan
HMOs were not supposed to have any more clout in the Capitol than patients if you believe Arnold's campaign promises. But testimony by the Gov's newly appointed HMO regulator tomorrow could again show that those pledges have been forgotten. Capitol insiders tell us that the Governor is sending the Department of Managed Health Care's new director...
Blog Post
1/29/2004
Jamie Court
HMO reform was the big populist movement of the late 1990s and, in California, one of its main results was a new Department of Managed Health Care and its 1-800 patient help hotline. The Department has effectively helped patients denied care by intervening on their behalf and established new rules for HMOs to follow. Now some of those important...
News Release
6/19/2002
CONTACT Jamie Court (310) 392-0522 x327
Call Made For Rule Changes So All Present Must Vote Or Not Be Paid Ignoring the pleas of a Health Net patient locked out of the court system by mandatory arbitration, a cabal of silent Democrats friendly to corporations joined with Republicans to put the interests of the HMO industry above those of patients. They refused to support, or to oppose,...