Submitted by Carmen Balber on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 15:13
A major reform bill to prevent opioid addiction took a big step forward today with a 20-0 bipartisan vote in the Assembly Appropriations committee. Under SB 482, doctors in California would be required to use a life-saving medical tool to help them prescribe painkillers safely. The bill heads to the Assembly Floor later this month.
Submitted by Cody Rosenfield on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 14:53
Three months ago, Consumer Watchdog launched the PUCPapers.org - a searchable online database with hundreds of thousands of documents and emails from inside the scandal-ridden California Public Utilities Commission. Now, it seems as though someone may be attempting to gain unauthorized access to the system, with over 400 attempts from all over the world.
Submitted by Jamie Court on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 06:55
Covered California’s announced 13% rate hike for health insurance rates in 2017 is going to hit consumers hard. It’s a double whammy since California policyholders have suffered from some of the narrowest networks of doctors and hospitals in the country, allegedly as the price paid for modest premium hikes the last couple of years. Now Californians have fewer choices of doctors – less than 25% of an area’s docs in most plans – and higher premiums: the worst of all worlds.
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Sun, 06/26/2016 - 13:09
Last week, the California Department of Managed Health Care approved the merger of Aetna and Humana. The move seemed unlikely after a hearing at which DMHC Director Shelley Rouillard expressed skepticism about how the deal could benefit consumers, noting especially Aetna’s history of serial unreasonable rate hikes ($39 million in excessive rates in just 8 months).