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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...
Consumer Watchdog Calls For Independent, All-Public Member Medical Board To End Self-Regulation By Physicians
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...
Consumer Watchdog Challenges $210 Million Excessive State Farm Rate Hike on 1.7 Million California Renters and Homeowners
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 $...
Regulators Find 6th Unreasonable Health Insurance Premium Hike By Aetna This Year; Usually A Leader, California Lags The Nation In Health Insurance Rate Regulation, Says Consumer Watchdog
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...
The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session. That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our new project to pull back the curtain on...
A Sonora family doctor arrested in July for overprescribing controlled substances is now accused of working “so high on narcotics” that she would nod off during appointments and pass out in the office, according to the Union Democrat. A Newport Beach doctor...
Study Shows Requiring Prescription Drug Database Use Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications Critical In Ending Growing Epidemic
Santa Monica, CA – Kentucky’s dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a 2012 law required providers to check a state database before prescribing powerful and addictive medications is yet more evidence that Californians need the...
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog...
Lawmakers Should Withdraw Excessive Initiative Filing Fee Hike After Court Decision Makes Proposal’s Reason Moot, Says Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to withdraw a proposal that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,500 from $200 after a court effectively halted an...
California Only State In Nation To Delay Public Disclosure Of Proposed 2016 Rates; Consumer Watchdog Calls For Proposed Rate Hike Release
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered...