November 22, 1996 |
A state agency is looking into allegations by Robert Gumbiner, the disgruntled former chairman of FHP International Corp., that the Santa Ana health maintenance organization is violating a state requirement that it keep an arms-length relationship with the nonprofit FHP Foundation. Gumbiner filed his complaint earlier this week in a letter to Department of Corporations Commissioner Keith Paul Bishop.
October 30, 1996 |
In a case that drew national attention to controversial HMO policies, an administrative law judge Tuesday upheld a $500,000 civil fine against a California HMO accused of denying medical care to a young cancer patient. State regulators vowed to enforce the ruling. The milestone case marks the only time in 20 years of regulating HMOs that the California Department of Corporations has levied a fine against a health plan for denial of medical services.
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.