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July 15, 1996 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To help consumers navigate the sometimes daunting rules of HMOs, a group of three medical charities said it will begin a pilot ombudsman program in the Sacramento area next year. The three--the Sierra Health Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation and the California Wellness Foundation--said they hope the $1.6-million project will become a state and national model for HMO consumer programs. The Kaiser foundation is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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March 20, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
The largest U.S. physicians group urged antitrust authorities to block insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $2.6-billion purchase of Sierra Health Services Inc. The group, the American Medical Assn., told U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales in a letter that the acquisition would give Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth the "potential to exercise monopoly power" in Nevada. UnitedHealth, the largest U.S.
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BUSINESS
March 20, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
The largest U.S. physicians group urged antitrust authorities to block insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $2.6-billion purchase of Sierra Health Services Inc. The group, the American Medical Assn., told U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales in a letter that the acquisition would give Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth the "potential to exercise monopoly power" in Nevada. UnitedHealth, the largest U.S.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1996 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To help consumers navigate the sometimes daunting rules of HMOs, a group of three medical charities said it will begin a pilot ombudsman program in the Sacramento area next year. The three--the Sierra Health Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation and the California Wellness Foundation--said they hope the $1.6-million project will become a state and national model for HMO consumer programs. The Kaiser foundation is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
BUSINESS
March 19, 1998 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pilot project that allows Sacramento-area consumers at odds with their HMOs to seek help from an ombudsman advisor is attracting national attention as a possible remedy to widespread public concerns about managed-care plans. The privately funded project is the first to systematically track patients' problems with their health plans and to determine what role an ombudsman can play in aiding consumers.
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February 16, 1992 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pair of laughing 16-year-olds wanders into the office, arms around each other's shoulders. One girl is pregnant. "We live near each other, go to school together, but we never met until the Birthing Project," the pregnant one tells a reporter. "Now they'd have to tear us apart," giggles the other. For 14 years, Kathryn Hall used the term infant mortality and thought she knew what it meant.
HEALTH
December 28, 1998 | JANE E. ALLEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once upon a time, your "health care provider" was the doctor who moved to town, hung out a shingle, knew your name and treated you and your family for a lifetime. How simple. How outdated. Today, getting to a doctor most likely means diving into the confusing and often impersonal sea of managed care, mastering the language of plans and provider networks, following dizzying arrays of protocols and dealing with intermediaries who determine access to doctors and hospitals.
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