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Blog Post
1/9/2017
By Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred...
Video
10/1/2015
Consumer Watchdog’s president addresses challenges for consumers from health care reform.
Blog Post
10/2/2013
By Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
Blog Post
5/30/2013
Alejandra Gonzalez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog
Written by Alejandra Gonzelez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn't give her a simple test. A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 - that is the value of a child in California when they...
News Release
4/29/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board should be disbanded and patient safety laws reformed to prevent any more deaths caused by dangerous doctors who harm patients but continue practicing without repercussions, said Consumer Watchdog today. A Senate committee will vote this afternoon on a bill proposed by Senator Curren Price and...
Video
3/11/2013
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and families of overdose victims are voicing concerns about prescription drug abuse in California. They don't believe the medical board is getting the job done and some say it's time to replace the board now.
News Release
3/11/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on the legislature to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California at hearings to renew it in Sacramento today because the board has failed in its duty to protect patients from drug dealing, over-prescribing and other dangerous doctors. The group also called for mandatory random drug testing of...
Blog Post
3/10/2013
By Daniel Palay
Is patient safety really a laughing matter? California Medical Board member Dr. Silvia Diego (see video below) seems to think so.  Dr. Diego literally laughs during the October medical board meeting at the notion of doctors paying a modest increase in physician license fees to fund better policing of overprescribing physicians. If you think...
Video
3/10/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court, families of lost loved ones and the public are calling for a new medical oversight board - composed predominantly of the public, rather than physicians - in order to crack down on patients who doctor-shop, as well as doctors who over-prescribe.
Video
3/9/2013
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and affected families come together to call for changes in how doctors are disciplined for over-prescribing dangerous drugs. During a rally at the Capitol, speakers called for changes in how the state medical board handles complaints about doctors.