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News Release
8/19/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...
Video
5/28/2013
Consumer Watchdog is claiming victory in settlement with Blue Cross regarding delivery of medication for HIV/AIDS patients.
News Release
5/23/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog & Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas, LLC
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.   The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...
News Release
1/8/2013
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA– A California Appellate Court in Los Angeles will consider a long-running dispute at a Tuesday afternoon hearing about insurance companies’ obligations to cover a critical treatment for autistic children.  The case, brought by the non-profit Consumer Watchdog, will also determine if families previously forced to...
Blog Post
11/10/2011
By Judy Dugan
There's a reason people throw partiies on the day they get their Medicare card. People over the age of 50 who have struggled to pay for individual insurance that costs more than the mortgage--or had to go without health insurance--can only feel blessed relief about the red, white and blue card in their wallets. Even Tea Partiers who say they...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
By Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
By Judy Dugan
Montana's Gov. Brian Schweitzer said this week he will ask the White House to let Montana set up its own universal health care program. It would be similar to what Montana's northern neighbor, Saskatchewan, has. Canadian-style universal health care? In a place where the governor issues vetoes with a branding iron? Most of us are more...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Judy Dugan
California's insurance companies have their costly lobbyists in high gear, trying to gut or kill real controls over what insurance companies can charge, Kansas' governor won't accept federal grants to plan, much less enact, key federal reforms. Texas' governor thinks Medicaid and Medicare are wrong and may not even be...
Blog Post
6/22/2011
By Carmen Balber
Here's another condemnation of the broken for-profit health insurance system that only takes care of those who can pay. This story is sweeping the web because every one of us is afraid this could one day be us. A North Carolina man entered a bank and gave the teller a note demanding $1. He then sat down in the lobby to wait for the police...
News Release
6/2/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California.  Prior to the vote the...