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News Release
3/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

SANTA MONICA, CA – Health insurance giant WellPoint this week threatened “double-digit plus” rate hikes next year, but won’t get away with unjustified increases if voters approve a California ballot measure to increase health insurance rate...
Feature
3/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Tina Minasian - Sacramento, CA California for years allowed doctors who were arrested for drug and alcohol infractions, including DUI, to conceal these arrests from patients. Such doctors, even if convicted, entered a “diversion” program that allowed them...
News Release
3/14/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Officials with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services called for random drug testing of doctors in an opinion piece in the New York Times Thursday. The first law in the nation requiring random drug testing of physicians will be...
News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Californians should have the same right as Floridians to equal protection under the law in cases of medical negligence, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today after the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s cap on medical negligence...
News Release
1/31/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes...
News Release
1/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Oakland, CA – Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline,    1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors.  A woman harmed by her physician, who...
News Release
1/7/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield Life and Health is imposing an unreasonable rate increase on over 80,000 Californians with individual health insurance policies, an average of 9.8% that adds up to a 22.8% increase for the year. California Insurance Commissioner...
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA  -- In a position paper published today to address the “serious public health problem” of prescription drug abuse, the nation’s largest physician medical society argues that doctors should be required to check state prescription...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
11/7/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Petitions for a 2014 patient safety ballot initiative to curb prescription drug abuse and strengthen physician accountability hit the streets in every major California city this week. Bob Pack launched the petition drive after losing his two...