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News Release
3/29/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

San Francisco, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to reject a proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna that will severely restrict competition in California and is expected to cause health insurance price increases and benefit...
News Release
3/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – President Obama will give the keynote address at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit tomorrow where prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are being highlighted as essential tools to reduce prescription abuse. A California...
News Story
3/14/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

A consumer advocates group filed a complaint Friday with the state’s ethics agency seeking an investigation into whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown influenced appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission while she owned stock in Pacific Gas &...
News Release
3/4/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to require Anthem and Cigna to commit to a series of consumer protections over prices and benefits to address the companies’ past harmful practices, or reject the...
News Release
2/17/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- Responding to multiple challenges to its excessive homeowners insurance rates brought by Consumer Watchdog over the last two years, Allstate has agreed to reduce its homeowners rates by 12.6% overall, effective February 1, 2016. Policyholders will...
News Release
2/3/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention...
News Release
1/22/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog will challenge executives at a Department of Insurance hearing into the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to commit to strong consumer protections as conditions of a merger approval.   The Department of Insurance has broad...
News Release
1/21/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- The Fair Political Practices Commission today approved a new regulation requiring more disclosure of shadow payments by the state’s biggest lobbyists on advertising and other spending to influence lawmakers. Consumer Watchdog said a loophole...
News Release
1/13/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rein in opioid overprescribing by primary care physicians will reduce the prescription overdose epidemic and save lives, said Consumer Watchdog in comments submitted to...
News Release
1/11/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its authority over the proposed Aetna-Humana merger to enforce a binding agreement that the combined company will not implement any rate hikes that are deemed...