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Sacramento, CA -- Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance...
Sacramento, CA – More than 840,000 voter signatures turned in by consumer advocates and families victimized by medical negligence have qualified a landmark patient safety ballot measure for the November 2014 California ballot, according to the Secretary of...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Consumer Watchdog Calls Health Insurance Industry-Funded Study “Insurance Fraud”
Santa Monica, CA -- The four big health insurance companies that control 94% of customers on California’s health care exchange paid $50,000 for a deceptive study, released today, designed to scare voters away from passing an initiative that will mean big savings...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve And Endorse Health Insurance Rate Regulation Initiative To Return Billions Of Dollars To Patients
Oakland, CA – At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion – 1626 percent – more than required by the state, while cutting patient...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: California Medical Industry Gave $110 Million On Initiative Campaigns This Election Cycle – Half Of The $223M Spent On Initiatives Over The Previous Decade
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California medical insurance industry has committed $110 million to three November 2014 ballot initiative campaigns, half of the amount it gave to ballot initiatives during the entire previous decade and over one-third of the industry...
Greased Legislative Attempt To Shield Drunk And High Doctors Passes Assembly Committee, Decried By Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA – A suspension of legislative rules in the Assembly allowed a bill introduced five days ago to divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment to pass the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee...
Consumer Watchdog Calls on Governor and Attorney General to Investigate Potential Conflicts of Interest at Public University Hospitals to Ensure Doctors’ Personal Financial Ties Don’t Interfere With Patient Safety
SANTA MONICA, CA – After UCLA settled a whistleblower case for $10 million in which accusations of conflicts of interest between doctors and the medical device industry were ignored, Californians deserve an independent investigation to ensure that patients are...
Health Insurers Pump $25 Million Into Campaign To Continue Price-Gouging And Passing On Unreasonable Costs to Consumers
SANTA MONICA, CA –Health insurance giants Kaiser, Blue Shield, Wellpoint/Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, United Health and the California Association of Health Plans have now given over $25 million of policyholder money, including nearly $12 million this month,...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: 840,000 Signatures To Be Filed Statewide Today To Qualify CA Patient Safety Ballot Measure Targeting Doctor Drug Testing, Overprescribing And Medical Negligence
Norwalk, CA -- Bob and Carmen Pack, whose young children died as a result of physician overprescribing will turn in 840,000 signatures by 3 pm today to qualify a landmark patient safety act for the November ballot. Seven year old Alana and ten year old Troy were...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Ballot Initiative Addresses Study Finding Doctors Are Single Largest Supplier of Prescription Drugs to Chronic Abusers
Santa Monica, CA -- A California ballot initiative that has garnered more than 800,000 signatures from voters addresses a study published this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that finds doctors are the biggest suppliers for chronic...