September 18, 1996 |
A veteran health industry executive who once ran the lobbying efforts of a large California health maintenance organization has been appointed a key regulator over the HMO industry. Gov. Pete Wilson named Gary G. Hagen, 48, assistant commissioner of the Department of Corporations in charge of its health-care division. The agency regulates HMOs serving about 16 million Californians. The agency post had been vacant for about a year. Hagen, a Republican, starts his new job Monday.
September 4, 1996 |
As fall approaches, people across Orange County once again face a decision to either stick with their health insurance plan for another year--or switch. Surely, consumers can use all the help they can get in evaluating plans. Still, they needn't bother consulting the state's first annual report on complaints lodged against health maintenance organizations by consumers.
March 6, 1996 |
The California Insurance Department Tuesday sued a sister agency in a fracas over Lloyd's of London and allegations that the British insurance giant defrauded California investors. Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to block the state Corporations Department from freezing Lloyd's U.S. assets.
February 28, 1996 |
A lawsuit brought by the state Department of Corporations against Lloyd's of London last week inadvertently threatens the solvency of 15 California insurance companies and could weaken many others, state insurance regulators said Tuesday. Insurance Department officials criticized their counterparts at Corporations for not providing notice of their plans to sue the British insurance giant. The action "caught us completely off-guard," spokesman Richard Wiebe said Tuesday.
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January 26, 1996 |
After a turbulent 2 1/2 years as the chief regulator of California's powerful managed health care industry, Gary S. Mendoza will join Mayor Richard Riordan's administration, sources said Thursday. Mendoza is to become deputy mayor in charge of economic development for Riordan. The economic development post is a highly important one in the Riordan administration, which has made improving Los Angeles' sagging business climate a top priority.
December 1, 1995 |
A Superior Court judge, confirming that the state has broad powers to regulate health care plans, ordered a Cypress-based company to hand over records involving people who have complained about the company's health care. Judge John M. Watson issued the order Thursday against PacifiCare of California, which had resisted efforts last summer by the state Department of Corporations to gain access to files of health plan members. The company, a unit of PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.