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News Release
6/23/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
6/18/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – A California bill will implement the recommendation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s injury prevention report card that states require doctors to use state prescription drug databases as one of ten key factors to prevent injury...
News Release
6/16/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that despite an amendment lowering the final amount, an Assembly bill to hike the ballot initiative filing fee still creates too high a hurdle for citizen access to the initiative process. AB 1100, by...
News Release
6/10/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Jerry Brown to remove Matthew Jacobs, Chairman of the Board for the California Housing Finance Agency, after he began evicting longtime tenants in order to convert their rent-controlled housing into...
News Release
6/3/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog applauded passage by the California Senate today of four bills that will help curtail overprescribing of psychotropic medication to foster youth, but said additional steps are needed to ensure these most vulnerable patients...
News Release
6/2/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- A Kaiser Family Foundation survey showing that 44 percent of Covered California policyholders have difficulty paying health insurance premiums is yet more evidence that California needs health insurance rate regulation, Consumer Watchdog said today...
News Release
5/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Today, the California State Senate approved legislation to require doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB...
News Release
5/21/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has failed to effectively implement its mandate to help enrollees register to vote, and should restore voter registration funding that has been cut completely in the proposed budget it will consider today, said Consumer...
News Release
5/7/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids...
Blog Post
5/1/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

A landmark court decision was announced last night that will upend secrecy in the state Legislature. In response to a lawsuit by Bay Area and Los Angeles News Groups, which had sought records from the Legislature surrounding indicted Senators Leland Yee and Ron...