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News Release
5/21/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Danville, CA -- The father of a seven and ten year old killed by a drug addicted driver who received thousands of pills she should never have had called on the California Medical Association to apologize for calling the effort by families injured by medical negligence to tell their stories and seek stronger patient safety laws “an ill-fated...
News Release
6/23/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – A health reform regulation issued by the Obama administration late Wednesday bends toward industry demands and undermines rights granted to patients under federal health reform allowing them to appeal wrongful denials of care by health plans. Consumer Watchdog called on the administration to reverse changes in the rule and...
Blog Post
10/27/2011
By Carmen Balber
Today, Consumer Watchdog joined the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Citizens Trade Campaign, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in releasing a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke calling for a review of WTO rules to ensure that countries have sufficient policy space...
Blog Post
8/31/2011
By Judy Dugan
A deadly brew of corporate carelessness and failed regulation caused the natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight residents in a quiet neighborhood of San Bruno, CA., says a long-awaited report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The harsh conclusions and strong language echo a similar report on the causes of a 2005 refinery...
News Release
5/26/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The CEO of the nonprofit health insurance company Blue Shield of California, Bruce Bodaken, earned $4.6 million in 2010, according to documents made public by the California Department of Insurance Wednesday.  Blue Shield paid its top ten executives more than $14 million combined last year. In January of this year,...
Blog Post
6/21/2012
By Judy Dugan
Just when consumers are finally getting a look at how health insurance companies conduct their business, the industry is racing to shut and lock the door. Buried deep in a "model law" for states to update health insurance regulation is a clause that would keep secret the companies' justification for  exorbitant rate increases...
Video
10/5/2012
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court breaks down why prices have skyrocketed in California this week, and what the state can do to prevent this in the future.
Blog Post
7/26/2011
By Carmen Balber
Why would Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu endorse an attack on the health reform law that could cost her own constituents millions in lost rebates and health insurance premium hikes? One of the very few provisions of the law with the potential to reduce the price of health insurance for consumers is the requirement that insurance companies...
News Release
2/3/2015
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog & Travis Corby, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
Santa Monica, CA – In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care “costs” not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will discuss the real financial threat patients face in a class-action lawsuit against Health Net for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks.  The...
News Release
2/13/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to back mandatory encryption of sensitive data like health records to prevent damaging data breaches like the Anthem Inc. hack that compromised the records of 80 million people. The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group made its call as Obama was speaking at The White...