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First-in-Nation Bill To End Secrecy Around Doctor Sexual Assault and Other Patient Harm Passes CA Legislature

Sacramento, CA – California would be the first state in the nation to mandate doctors tell their patients when they are disciplined for sexual assault or other patient harm under legislation that passed the Assembly and Senate today and goes to Governor Brown's desk.

Insurance Goliath Sues Lawyers Representing HIV Patients For Aetna’s Own Privacy Breach

Los Angeles, CA -- This morning, health insurance Goliath Aetna sued the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLP, a consumer law firm, who’ve sued Aetna for its improper and negligent disclosure of the HIV positive status of thousands of its members.  The disclosure was made as a resul

California Supreme Court Affirms Medical Board’s Use Of State Prescription Drug Database to Discipline Dangerous Doctors and Prevent Opioid Abuse

Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court today issued a decision affirming the right of the Medical Board of California to use the state prescription drug database to protect patients from incompetent and negligent doctors, and to prevent dangerous and illegal prescribing of opioids and ot

Allow States to Adopt Single Payer Health Care, Not Just Weak "Co-Ops"

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Washington D.C. -- Any national health reform compromise that allows
states to adopt ineffective health care "co-ops" should also allow
states to adopt highly effective single-payer systems, according to
Consumer Watchdog. According to Politico.com, the new version of the House health care
reform legislation developed by the Energy and Commerce Committee will
include a provisions allowing state to create co-ops for residents to
buy private insurance.