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2014-08-04 16:26:13

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six health insurance companies financing the No on Proposition 45 committee have donated $37.3 million through June 30, 2014 against the ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates in California, according to campaign finance reports filed recently with the Secretary of State. This is more than three times the $12 million refund returned to Californians for 2013 under a federal Affordable Care Act rule requiring 80% of...

2014-08-04 16:26:10

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The author of California's patient safety ballot measure Proposition 46 and a consumer advocate supporting the campaign called upon the California Medical Association and its president, Dr. Richard Thorp, to seriously discuss the somber reality of doctors with problems with substance addiction and abuse. Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46 who lost two children to a high driver who had been recklessly prescribed narcotics, and...

2014-07-22 16:26:57

November ballot first in years to be pro-consumer, not dominated by big money corporations SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dolores Huerta, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and an icon of the labor and civil rights movements has endorsed Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative which will appear on the November 2014 California ballot. Huerta signed the argument in...

2014-07-02 16:24:22

Data Shows 1 Million Californians Faced Unreasonable Rates Totaling $253 Million SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog Campaign, the sponsor...

2014-05-12 08:38:27

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint asking the New York Joint Commission On Public Ethics to remove Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt from the state's Smart Schools Commission because of conflicts of interest that violate the state's Public Officials Law. "Schmidt's Commission participation raises the appearance of impropriety, compromises the integrity of the Commission, and provides Schmidt and Google...

2014-05-08 16:26:28

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 for consumers, consumer advocates said today. The initiative will require health insurance companies to open their books and justify their rates under penalty of perjury. Consumer Watchdog...

2014-05-06 16:32:11

OAKLAND, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 care services and raising premiums on consumers. ? ? The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which has 85,000 California members, also announced its endorsement of a measure that will...

2014-04-28 16:30:13

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 not harmed when UC financial interests conflict with transparency in patient care, wrote patient safety advocates in a letter yesterday. Jamie Court and Michael Kapp, both with Consumer...

2014-04-23 16:28:58

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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, to the campaign against a November 2014 ballot measure that will prevent overcharges and misuse of premium dollars. The opposition campaign, operating under the misnomer "Californians...

2014-03-03 16:25:23

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following new allegations in Sunday's Fresno Bee, that a heart surgeon repeatedly left surgeries before closing up patients' chests, Consumer Watchdog called upon the state's medical board and attorney general to act against the doctor and hospital involved. "The California public cannot feel safe about their medical care if heart surgeons are free to go to lunch before finishing open heart surgeries, then face no...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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