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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...
News Release
12/14/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its full authority over the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to enact safeguards to ensure plans are not cancelled, benefits are not reduced and consumers do...
News Release
11/16/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

San Francisco, CA – State Farm’s request for a 6.9% increase in its homeowners insurance premiums goes to trial this morning in San Francisco. Consumer Watchdog, one of two organizations bringing the legal challenge before the California Department of...
Blog Post
11/10/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Jerry Brown used public employees to investigate the potential for finding oil on his private land. Isn’t it a misuse of public funds for the governor to have the state’s oil and gas agency map and survey his...
News Release
11/10/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – The Department of Conservation says it will conduct geologic and resource surveys of Californians’ private property in response to citizen requests for the same information the agency provided Governor Jerry Brown. Consumer Watchdog sent...
News Release
10/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – California is the only state in the nation where auto insurance premiums, in real dollars, are lower today than they were 27 years ago when the voters approved insurance reform Proposition 103. The law has saved drivers $100 billion on their...
News Release
10/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter...
News Release
10/20/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has challenged a rate increase proposed by State Farm, the state’s largest homeowners insurance company, that would overcharge consumers by approximately $210 million a year were it to take effect.  State Farm has made $...
News Release
10/15/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – For the sixth time this year, California insurance regulators have found an Aetna rate hike to be unreasonable. Such health insurance price-gouging will continue until state regulators have the power to reject unjustified health insurance price...