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5/14/1998
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Bill Schriever - Cypress, CA As told by his mother, Mary: My husband and I took my son to the HMO doctor on three separate occasions, requesting a referral for psychiatric care. Under the terms of my coverage with my HMO, mental health care is covered for 20 visits...
Archived Article
5/13/1998
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Frank Dutcher - Azle, TX As told by his wife, Deanna: Since 1986, my husband, Frankie, worked line construction and took out electrical transformers. Polychlorinated Biphenls or PCB's, a toxin, are found in these transformers and because of their health risk, must be...
Archived Article
5/12/1998
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Jane Gabrilove - Santa Monica, CA As told by Jane Gabrilove: In June of 1994, I sustained an injury to my back and neck when I fell on a slippery floor outside of my place of employment. The ramifications of that fall still totally dominate my life -- physically and...
Archived Article
5/11/1998
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Florence Corcoran - Slidell, LA Florence Corcoran tragically discovered that the ERISA loophole stripped her of her rights and remedies to protect herself under state law. Her case has become the most frequently cited precedent used by HMOs hiding from state lawsuits...
Archived Article
5/8/1998
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Madison Scott - Orange County, CA Madison Scott was born premature, but otherwise healthy. Today she is permanently and completely blind. Her parents, Curt and Helen Scott, claim the HMO they counted on to care for her was more worried about saving dollars than it was...
Archived Article
5/7/1998
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Judy Lerner - Studio City, CA As told by Judy Lerner: I was a principal with one of the largest benefits consulting firms in the world. As an "insider" in the world of employee benefits for twenty years, I was a defender of the "system" until I...
Archived Article
5/6/1998
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Michelle Leasure - Baltimore, MD As told by Michelle Leasure: I am a disability advocate and work for an agency that not only serves the disability community, but is staffed by people with disabilities. I have several disabilities, one of which is an incontinent...
News Release
4/22/1998
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$28 Billion Bailout Tax Keeps Free Market In Shackles One of the biggest and most aggressive electric utility companies outside of California, Texas-based Enron Corp, has pulled out of California's residential electric utility market. The company has been unable to...
News Story
4/14/1998
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The Oaks Project wants to help people take a leading role in American politics.The Christian Science Monitor During the midday rush outside Ralph's supermarket, David Potorti leans forward on one foot toward scurrying passersby: "Twenty seconds of your time, sir,...
News Release
4/8/1998
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Calls on Consumers to Send in Complaints In what may be the least exposed form of insurer abuse, insurance companies often wrongly determine their own policyholders to be "at-fault" in car accidents in order to boost the premium charged to the policyholder. This is...