New Health Care Watchdog Coalition Urges Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to Put Patients Over Profits

Posted by Kassy Perry

LOS ANGELES, CA – Our SALUD (Somos Aliados Latinos Unidos por la Dignidad – Latino Allies United for Dignity) a health care watchdog coalition is joining community members in an effort to delay one of the largest health care mergers in history in order to force an unlicensed HMO to abide by state law. Monday afternoon, Our SALUD will hold a rally demanding a halt to a merger vote pending an investigation into a lawsuit surrounding patient care provided by one of LA’s largest HMOs.

A rally will be held outside Governor Jerry Brown’s office in downtown Los Angeles. Advocates will be marching in opposition of a $4.42 billion merger between HealthCare Partners, an unlicensed HMO, and DaVita, Inc. a publicly traded for profit company. HCP currently serves 675,000 patients in Los Angeles and Orange County. DaVita provides dialysis nationwide. Letters have been sent to the DMHC and the Governor’s desk requesting a call to action before the completion of the upcoming merger. The culmination of these efforts comes just two days before the merger is completed on Wednesday Oct. 30. Should the merger go through, HCP will allegedly be in violation of the ban on corporate practice of medicine.

Monday, October 29, 2012
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Governor’s Office in downtown L.A
300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Representatives of OUR SALUD, community members and families, patients that have been impacted by the ongoing lack of regulatory compliance by HCP; Randy McMurray, representing the Cochran Law Firm and patient Juan Carlos Jandres.
Other attendees-TBD

Dozens of community members will be marching together carrying signs outside of the governor’s office. Representatives from Our SALUD will be speaking to a crowd of patients and families.

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DMHC Demand Letter
Governor Brown Demand Letter

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