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11/15/2013
Millions of Californians affected after health insurers cancel their current plans have been given a reprieve. Insurers can now extend plans into 2014 under the affordable care act. California insurance commissioner Dave Jones says insurers demanded provisions before the laws went into effect. Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog has asked Covered...
News Release
11/14/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama’s move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President...
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11/7/2013
Following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered California, which has contracts with the insurers, to support the reprieve for beleaguered policyholders.
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10/30/2013
Hundreds of thousands of Californians are having issues with Obamacare. Many are learning that the new program does not allow them to keep the insurance they already have, leaving some with no insurance at all. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Westchester for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.
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10/22/2013
Anthem Blue Cross customers are getting letters that state that because of the requirements of Obamacare the company can no longer continue their current Anthem policy. Consumer Watchdog says it's the health insurers' fault, not the law's.
Legal Update
10/11/2013
By Jerry Flanagan
This week the California Court of Appeal granted Consumer Watchdog's petition for rehearing in its seminal lawsuit against the Department of Managed Health Care over treatment for autistic children. Consumer Watchdog scored a major victory in the recent decision, which bars state regulators and HMOs from discriminating against children in the...
Legal Update
9/27/2013
Jerry Flanagan
This week Consumer Watchdog filed a brief urging the California Court of Appeal to reconsider part of a recent ruling ending autism discrimination that could be read to put behavior analysts at risk of being prosecuted for the "unlicensed practice of psychology" for care provided prior to the passage of a recent state autism law....
Legal Update
9/11/2013
Jerry Flanagan
We're very proud of the legal team's recent victory in a lawsuit to bar discrimination against children. The California Court of Appeal's decision ended the Department of Managed Health Care’s discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children on the basis that such treatment can only be administered...
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...
News Release
5/23/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog responded today to the news that the state’s three largest health insurance companies -- Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser -- would continue to dominate the health insurance market in the California health exchange with concerns that patients will continue to pay excessive premiums because of decreased...