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Archived Article
9/12/2008
As told by Dawn Rich
Back in 2004, I had Kaiser health insurance through my employer. I was diagnosed late that year with a fibroid uterine tumor and the doctors said I needed a hysterectomy. After the surgery that December, at Kaiser in Santa Rosa, my cervical bleeding never stopped, and I have it to this day. I was fatigued, had dizzy spells, first rarely and...
Archived Article
8/22/2008
Consumer Watchdog
[Editor’s note: When 15-year-old Dawn Marie Esposito of Lincoln Park, N.J., was hospitalized with a head injury after a car accident, doctors assured her parents that it wasn’t potentially fatal. But days later, she suddenly and “inexplicably” died. It was only later, after seeking legal help, that they found out the likely...
Archived Article
1/17/2008
Consumer Watchdog
Mandatory Private Insurance Is Unaffordable Read what happened when Ron flew 3,000 miles from Massachusetts to California to explain to lawmakers why mandatory private insurance is unaffordable for his family. I'm Ron Norton, an adjunct professor of radiology and an administrator at a Massachusetts community college. But like 66% of our community...
Archived Article
12/17/2007
Consumer Watchdog
Mandatory Private Insurance Is Unaffordable I think most people don't realize the consequences of this insurance mandate in Massachusetts because they have insurance at work or they're getting some other subsidy. They don't realize the full cost. But they could be in our situation someday. Until this year we had health coverage through my husband'...
Archived Article
6/29/2006
Consumer Watchdog
Dana Stinson - Seal Beach, CA At the peak of her nursing career, Dana Stinson was permanently disabled by a disastrous surgery and the doctor's subsequent attempt to cover up her mistakes. Now, Dana will never care for another patient. Dana went in for her yearly OB/GYN visit in 2002. Her doctor discovered abnormal growths in her uterus and...
Archived Article
4/18/2006
Consumer Watchdog
Junk Insurance, $18.5K in Medical Bills, Forces Them to Leave State In Search of Affordable Insurance Endicott, New York As told by Sherry Orestuk: Three years ago, my husband and I fell for a great sales pitch and bought health insurance that is legalized junk. It left us with nearly $20,000 in debt after a life-threatening illness. In order to...
Archived Article
1/26/2006
Consumer Watchdog
Fake Health Insurance Left Dana Widowed With $450K In Unpaid Bills Playa del Rey, California Get more information about junk insurance and S. 1955. Dana Christensen is a victim of the type of junk health insurance policy President Bush is recommending for the nation. Although she and her husband Doug were insured, Dana was left with $450,000 in...
Archived Article
1/25/2006
Consumer Watchdog
Couple Struggles Through Multiple Surgeries, Only To Find Insurer Won't Pay Penn Valley, California In April 2000, Darlene and Dave Henderson met with a salesman for the National Association for the Self-Employed. He sold them an association health plan with Mega Life, which they thought was like a group PPO similar to others they had seen. Soon...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
David Mathis had a successful business career in the office machine industry in Dallas-Ft. Worth. But toward the end of his career, the squeeze put on his company by megaliths like Office Depot forced it to close all its branches, fire everyone and offer them a franchise. David retired, moved to Florida 11 years ago to be near his son, and...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
When they retired a few years back, Gene and Betty Greenspan didn't worry excessively about medications. "It was a concern," says Gene, "but the issue of prescription drugs wasn't that paramount." But as they grew older, they found, as most seniors do, that they needed more medications. Gene developed hypertension, and the...