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June 20, 2014

OP-ED | It’s Past Time to Fix Our Broken Mental Health Care System

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 20, 2014 9:00am

The Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults released its report earlier this week. I underlined one sentence on page iii, several times in red: “The behavioral health care system is not user-friendly for those in need.”

That has got to be the understatement of the year, if not the decade.

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June 18, 2014

OP-ED | Health Insurance Lobby Keeps Medicare Advantage Overpayments Flowing

by Wendell Potter | June 18, 2014 8:00am

Center Series Documented Abuses, But Don’t Expect Action From Congress

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

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June 11, 2014

OP-ED | Skyrocketing Salaries For Health Insurance CEOs

by Wendell Potter | June 11, 2014 11:55am

If They’re Making Millions, Should The Rest Of Us Have To Pay Higher Premiums?

If health insurance companies announce big premium increases on policies for 2015, I hope regulators, lawmakers and the media will look closely at whether they are justified, especially in light of recent disclosures of better-than-expected profits in 2013, rosy outlooks for the rest of this year, and soaring CEO compensation.

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June 6, 2014

OP-ED | Shameful Coverage Of Obamacare’s Real Impacts

by Wendell Potter | June 6, 2014 4:05am

Journalism That Focuses On Political Sniping Does Public A Disservice

If you read my column last week about a Senate hearing that showed how Obamacare has affected Americans, you might have wondered if I was in the same room with reporters who presumably covered the event.

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May 13, 2014

OP-ED | Insurers Following ‘the Playbook’ In Opposing California Ballot Initiative

by Wendell Potter | May 13, 2014 2:46pm

PR Firms, Front Groups, Misleading Studies All Being Deployed

LOS ANGELES — As I wrote in my book, Deadly Spin, the health insurance industry and other special interest groups use a tried-and-true set of tactics to push back against threats to their profitability. I referred to those tactics collectively as “The Playbook on How to Influence Lawmakers and Regulators Through the Manipulation of Public Opinion.”

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April 29, 2014

House OKs Bill to Open Private Nursing Facilities’ Finances to the Public

by Christine Stuart | April 29, 2014 8:56pm

Christine Stuart photo The House passed legislation Tuesday that would require about 154 for-profit nursing home companies to share more financial information with the state.

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Senate Passes Electric Supplier Disclosure, Advocates Say Not Good Enough

by Hugh McQuaid | April 29, 2014 6:39pm

Hugh McQuaid photo The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for legislation to require more transparency from third-party electricity suppliers and reduce deceptive marketing tactics in the industry.

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February 19, 2014

Consumers Give PURA Commissioner An Earful About Ballooning Rates

by Brian McCready | February 19, 2014 10:37pm

Brian McCready photo MILFORD — Gail Uberti likely summed up the feelings of the more than 75 people who packed City Hall to voice their displeasure Wednesday night over soaring utility bills.

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January 13, 2014

Anthem Extends Payment Deadline, Again

by Staff Report | January 13, 2014 4:58pm

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut will be extending its payment deadline for consumers who purchased plans on the exchange from Jan. 15 to Jan. 31.

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December 16, 2013

Blumenthal Slams Energy Drink Companies For Marketing With Toys

by Hugh McQuaid | December 16, 2013 2:15pm

Hugh McQuaid Photo U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called upon major energy drink companies to quit allowing their logos to be used on toys. Blumenthal compared the tactic to strategies tobacco companies once used to market to children.

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