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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
4/19/2004
Jerry Flanagan
ArnoldWatch tipsters tell us that Arnold, as part of his 'Medi-Cal redesign plan,' wants to force the disabled in the program to join corporateering HMOs whose high overhead costs and capped payments mean that patient care gets short changed. The plan would be an outsourcing dream come true for state HMOs, which have given $300,000 to the Gov's...
Blog Post
4/14/2004
Doug Heller
Arnold told the Los Angeles Times that after "closely studying" the idea of regulating workers' comp insurance companies, he concluded that regulation would chase away insurance companies. We wonder who was tutoring him. He never contacted the consumer advocates who wrote California's 1988 Proposition 103, the nation's pre-eminent...
Blog Post
4/5/2004
Jerry Flanagan
Governor Schwarzenegger says that collecting $27 million from special interest groups over the last eight months has not affected his resolve to listen to anybody, whether or not they can afford to pay. "I want to make sure that I sit down with everyone, but unconditionally," he said, according to today�s San Jose Mercury News....
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,...