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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...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: WellPoint Threatens “Double-Digit Plus” Rate Increases But New CA Ballot Measure Will Force Health Insurers to Publicly Justify Their Rates Next Year
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...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Officials Call For Random Drug Testing Of Doctors
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...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Fla. Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Damage Cap Unconstitutional
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...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Anthem Increases Rates 25% As It Spends $12.9 Million With Parent Company WellPoint To Defeat California Ballot Initiative To Regulate Rate Hikes
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...
Billboard Announces Toll-Free Hotline, 1-844-DOCS-DUI, For Public And Physicians to Report Drug and Alcohol-Impaired Doctors
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...
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...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Nation’s Largest Medical Society Says Doctors Should Check Drug Database Before Prescribing Addictive Drugs
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...
Obama Reprieve on Health Insurance Cancellations Welcome News for Consumers, But Premiums Still Likely to Go Up, Says Consumer Watchdog
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...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Father Circulates Patient Safety Ballot Measure To Prevent Other Families From Suffering The Same Tragedy His Did
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...