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The Los Angeles Times – California lawmakers pass reforms to doctor discipline cases, giving patients a voice

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES When Angela Contreras complained to the state’s medical board last fall that a Long Beach doctor had left gauze...

KGET – Bakersfield, CA: California Medical Board Meets in Bakersfield to Address Maternal Mortality

Consumer Watchdog volunteers and families share their medical negligence stories for reform within the healthcare system.

KBAK (FOX58) – Bakersfield, CA: High Maternal Mortality Rate

Families who lost their loved ones ask the Medical Board for justice.

KVPR – Kern County maternal mortality at the center of a state medical board meeting

By Kerry Klein, KVPR Following years of advocacy work from locals, the Medical Board of California held a meeting in Bakersfield to learn more about...

Sacramento Bee – California’s Medical Board Can’t Pay Its Bills, but Doctors Resist Proposed Fixes

By Annie Sciacca, SACRAMENTO BEE California doctors and state lawmakers are squaring off once again over the future of the Medical Board of California, which...

KFMB-SD (CBS) – San Diego, CA: Dental Visit Leads To Hospital Stay

Carmen Balber talks about how misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis is one of the leading causes of medical errors in this country.

CalMatters – Victims of medical negligence in California should be included in investigations

By Annette Ramirez, CALMATTERS Eleven years ago I went into the hospital for a hysterectomy and was expecting to go home the next day. Instead, I...

KERO-BFL (23ABC) – Bakersfield, CA: Maternal Mortality Addressed By Medical Board

Consumer Watchdog Advocate Michele Monserratt-Ramos and volunteers share their experiences with the Medical Board to enact change regarding maternal mortality.

Mercury News – Opinion: California Medical Board reform would save patient lives

When the state receives a complaint, medical professionals are asked for their side of the story, but victims are not By Maria Ibarra Navarrette, MERCURY...

KERO-BFL (23ABC) – Bakersfield, CA: Pregnancy Care Mistreatment

Patient Advocate Michele Monserratt-Ramos discusses the details of friday's medical board meeting that will focus solely on maternal mortality issues in the central valley starting at 9:00am at the doubletree hotel in Bakersfield.

KCET – Los Angeles, CA: Saving Moms

Bonnie Boswell’s latest conversation with leading experts examines why groups of women disproportionately experience higher mortality rates related to pregnancy and childbirth in the country.

KOVR-SAC (CBS) – Sacramento, CA: Physician Under Fire For Sexual Battery

Carmen Balber explains how Californians don't have a right to know about their doctor's investigations, which is shocking for the patient and devastating to safety.

KFMB-SD (CBS) – San Diego, CA: Hundreds Wrongly Told They May Have Cancer

Carmen Balber, executive director with consumer watchdog, understands that computer glitches happen but worries how information so sensitive can be sent without first being approved by a human.

KERO-BFL (ABC) – Bakersfield, CA: Michele Ramos Speaks About Loss and Liability in the Medical Field

Patient advocate Michele Monserrat-Ramos speaks about her experience and how she's helping families in Bakersfield to educate them on the resources they can utilize to learn more about their health care providers.

KERO-BFL (ABC) – Bakersfield, CA: “DO NO HARM: Loss and Liability in the Medical Field”

23abc special edition introduces you to 4 people and their families kern county who say the treatment they received at local healthcare facilities lead to other health issues and in some cases, even death. They also speak with 2 doctors who say while the medical industry is difficult to navigate, there are ongoing conversations to increase patient safety.

Times of San Diego – Medical Board of California Faces Reform During ‘Sunset Review’ by Legislature

By JW August, TIMES OF SAN DIEGO In our state it’s the job of the Medical Board of California to investigate complaints against doctors. The board is facing...

KGET – Consumer Watchdog Advocates Note The Importance of Making Change Within The Healthcare System for Latina Mothers

Tracy Dominguez, Xavier De Leon, Monique Himes, and Michele Monserrat Ramos all speak upon the importance of Latina mothers awareness month.

KERO-BFL (ABC) – Bakersfield, CA; Consumer Watchdog Shows Support in Honor of the Latina Maternal Health Fair

The fair aims to educate expecting mothers and families on how to speak up for themselves in a medical environment. Michele Montserrat Ramos with consumer watchdog says the fair came to fruition when the department of public health released facts about maternal mortality rates and knew something had to be done.

Ventura County Star – Oxnard parents push for patient protections; late daughter’s doctor faces murder charge

By Tom Kisken, VENTURA COUNTY STAR Judy Gorcey wants change. Her 36-year-old daughter, Megan Espinoza, died after her heart stopped during breast implant surgery four years...

KABC-LA (ABC) – Los Angeles, CA; Pathways Medical in Toluca Lake Owner Falsely Claims to be A Licensed Doctor

Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber says if you've been treated by someone you suspect was not a doctor, you should absolutely report that fact to the Medical Board of California which helps regulates doctors.

Spectrum News 1 – Los Angeles, CA; Consumer Watchdog Argues That Senate Bill 815’s Proposed Changes Aren’t Enough To Protect Patients

Consumer Watchdog argues the updated law should give patients the right to know if their doctor has been accused of harming other patients.

WABI (CBS) – Bangor, ME; Consumer Watchdog’s Jerry Flanagan Speaks Upon Medical Debt Reform

Litigation Director, Jerry Flanagan, talks about how critical the Medical Debt reform effects are for consumers.

KCAL – Los Angeles, CA; On Your Side: Why Insurance Companies Benefit From ‘Copay Accumulators’ in California

Jerry Flanagan explains how insurance companies are benefiting from ripping off their customers by exploiting their illnesses.

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