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News Release
6/11/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...
News Release
4/11/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance has saved doctors and other medical providers $23 million in the last two months by reducing unjustified medical malpractice insurance premiums using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority.  California law prohibits excessive malpractice insurance premiums for...
News Release
3/21/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – A House bill (H.R. 5) seeking draconian federal limits on malpractice accountability would raise overall health care costs and leave families harmed by medical negligence with no recourse, said Consumer Watchdog. A letter to Congressional leaders signed by Consumer Watchdog and 21 other prominent public interest groups...
News Release
3/8/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today that it has saved doctors, dentists and other medical providers $19 million on their medical malpractice insurance premiums, using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority to reduce unjustified premiums. Yet a doctors’ group opposes the same...
News Release
10/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog told the Obama Administration that Florida’s bid to escape a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law cannot be justified and joined calls for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold a public hearing into the state’s effort to evade minimum medical spending rules....
News Release
10/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Harvey Rosenfield
New York City, NY – The author of California’s insurance regulatory reform law testified in New York City today that insurance rate regulation is key to preventing medical malpractice insurance companies from price gouging doctors and preserving consumer access to health care.   California voters enacted insurance reform...
News Release
10/6/2011
CONTACT Joanne Doroshow - Center for Justice & Democracy, & Carmen Balber - Consumer Watchdog
Twenty-one major consumer and patient safety groups from around the country, whose memberships represent many millions of Americans, sent a letter today to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing strong opposition to any proposals that would limit the legal rights of patients injured by medical malpractice....
News Release
7/20/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington DC – A deficit reduction plan floated Tuesday by the “Gang of Six” senators would ask the Judiciary committee to find an “unspecified” amount of savings from medical malpractice reform, presumably by limiting the legal rights of patients injured by medical negligence. The nonprofit advocacy group Consumer...
News Release
4/6/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Insurance reform, not malpractice liability limits, held down doctors’ malpractice premiums in California said Consumer Watchdog today before a Congressional hearing on H.R. 5, a bill modeled on California law that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Limits on patient rights failed...
News Release
2/17/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA – California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has called on insurance companies that sell medical malpractice coverage to medical providers such as doctors, hospitals and clinics to lower premiums that appear to be excessive.  The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog applauded the Commissioner, noting that if the insurers did...