“When there are no controls on what insurance companies can charge, patients don’t get the care they need even when they are paying for insurance coverage because of the high out-of pocket costs,” said a representative of the California Nurses Association, which sponsored the ads with a $1 million contribution. The No On 45 campaign falsely claims nurses are against the measure even though the 80,000 strong CNA is a sponsor.
Brown’s signature is a major victory for assisted living residents, “We look at it as a good start,” said Patricia McGinnis, executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. “But we’re not finished by any stretch of the imagination. And I don’t think the legislators are, either. I think they like the fact that they’re going to be changing people’s lives on an immediate basis.” The governor has approved all 13 assisted living bills passed by the Legislature.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation’s toughest student privacy rights protections into law. SB 1177 (Steinberg) makes companies responsible for protecting any personal information that they gather from K-12 students through websites, online applications and other services. The data can be used only for school purposes, and students’ personal information cannot be sold. Consumer Federation of California Executive Director Richard Holober called the law “the vanguard for consumer rights in the digital era. Until this point, protecting students’ online information has been a Wild West.”
The federal government Tuesday is to release details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, including payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists for things like promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research. ProPublica has been detailing relationships between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry for four years as part of our Dollars for Docs project, and today, in cooperation with the website Pharmashine, we’ve added data for 2013. (You can look up your doctor using our easy search tool.)
The ad is shamelessly deceptive. The database it refers to has existed since 1997 and there have been no reports that it’s been hacked or its data disclosed to unauthorized people. The data breach cited in the ad actually occurred at Community Health Systems, a company that’s contributed $340,000 in the past year to the California Hospitals Committee on Issues, an entity that helped fund the ad.