HomeUpdatesAllFeature › All

All

Feature
4/27/2000
Consumer Watchdog
A detailed analysis of the campaign finance records of Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and his wife Chris Quackenbush, who made a failed bid for State Senate in 1998, provide further evidence of inappropriate behavior. Commissioner Quackenbush has been under scrutiny because of "Insurancegate," in which he appears to have protected...
Feature
4/27/2000
Consumer Watchdog
In Exchange for Donations to Non-profits He Controls And Campaign Contributions News releases and other records previously issued by Commissioner Quackenbush indicate that major insurers agreed to make relatively modest donations to one or more non-profit foundations as "settlement" of the agency's confidential Market Conduct investigations. (...
Feature
4/27/2000
Consumer Watchdog
According to news reports, Mr. Quackenbush has set up three non-profit foundations. The foundations are apparently controlled by Quackenbush or other CDI officials, though Mr. Quackenbush has denied that he controls the foundations. The Board of Directors of the foundations, appointed by the Commissioner, are composed of his friends and business...
Feature
4/3/2000
Consumer Watchdog
The Honorable Bill Lockyer Attorney General State of California 1300 I Street, #125 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Attorney General Lockyer: Recent articles by the Los Angeles Times raise serious allegations of misconduct by Insurance Commissioner Charles Quackenbush. We are writing to request that you investigate these charges, which appear to...
Feature
4/1/2000
Consumer Watchdog
This proposal has been defeated Senator Speier's Proposal Blames Voters for the Quackenbush Scandal. The following letter regarding SCA 19 was sent to Senator Jackie Speier, author of the Appointed Commissioner legislation, on May 15, 2000. Dear Senator Speier: We are writing to notify you formally of our strong opposition to SCA 19 and our...
Feature
4/1/2000
HR
For a detailed explanation of Proposition 103's provisions and their present status, read the following link: Background on Insurance Reform: A Detailed Analysis of Proposition 103 (All references are to the provisions of the original version of Proposition 103.) DESCRIPTION OF REFORM ACTION REQUIRED BY COMMISSIONER HISTORY & STATUS...
Feature
3/30/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Q&A WHAT IS AN INSURANCE POLICYHOLDER AND PATIENT ASSOCIATION? An Insurance Policyholder and Patient Association (IPPA) is a non-profit, statewide organization of insurance consumers. IPPA will advocate for fair and reasonable insurance rates and quality services before regulatory agencies, the legislature, and the courts. IPPA is modeled...
Feature
3/7/2000
Jamie Court
In September 1999, California Governor Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 21 (Figueroa), sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consmer Rights, which allows patients to recover damages for HMO corporate negligence. The law takes effect January 1, 2001. Until then, California patients with employer-paid health coverage in private industry do...
Feature
3/3/2000
Consumer Watchdog
March 3, 2000 Members of the California Assembly & Senate State Capital Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Consumer Group Support for AB 1751 -- Making HMO Arbitration Voluntary Dear Members of the Assembly and Senate: We are writing to express our shock at recent misinformation distributed by the California Association of Health Plans about...
Feature
2/25/2000
Doug Heller
February 25, 2000 Hon. Gray Davis Office of the Governor State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 Fax: (916) 445-4633 RE: Proposed emergency regulations implementing the "Lifeline" Low Cost Auto Insurance Program Dear Governor Davis: We are writing to inform you why your Office of Administrative Law (OAL) must reject regulations proposed on an...