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3/16/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

In case you missed it -- Former governor Schwarzenegger was just fined $30,000 by the FPPC for illegally funding advertising for a budget fight with money he raised in unlimited amounts from corporate donors to his California Dream Team ballot measure committee....
News Release
3/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A...
News Release
3/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today that it has saved doctors, dentists and other medical providers $19 million on their medical malpractice insurance premiums, using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority...
News Release
3/7/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- The first large-scale survey of Americans about their problems with medical debt show 1 in 5 are burdened by medical debt and half of them are unable to pay the debt at all. Having health insurance is a key to being able to pay for medical care,...
Blog Post
3/6/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Physicians take an oath to do no harm to their patients. The California Medical Association opposes a ballot initiative to lower the cost of health insurance. How is that not harmful? California has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation. A recent study...
News Release
2/29/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield has $3.1 billion in excess surplus, 1400% more than the state requires, yet still plans to raise rates up to 14.8% for 320,000 California patients on March 1st. Repeated rate hikes in the face of massive company surpluses at the...
Blog Post
2/28/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

For the third time in three years, the Maine Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Anthem Blue Cross to a rate increase decision by then-state insurance superintendent Mila Kofman. Kofman found a proposed 9.2% rate hike by Anthem was excessive. She limited the increase...
News Release
2/14/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reflecting the millions of Americans concerned about the undue influence wielded by corporations and wealthy special interests in our democracy, 50 organizations have jointly signed and presented a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members...
Blog Post
2/13/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Two heavyweights - Senator Dianne Feinstein and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones - went to bat for health reform at the Democratic Convention in San Diego this weekend, and activists' embrace of their call to action was loud and immediate. In a luncheon speech...
News Release
1/23/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON, DC – Internet giant Google spent nearly $10 million lobbying federal policymakers in 2012, showing that the company has abandoned its idealistic "Don't Be Evil" roots and has bought into Washington's corrupt "cash and carry...