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California Makes It Easier To Obtain Unclaimed Funds

California is stepping up its efforts to reunite current and former residents with their long-forgotten money and property.

4 hours ago

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San Francisco Homeowner Warned By City To Remove Airbnb Listing

Is the City of San Francisco going after homeowners who are renting out their homes to vacationers? One San Francisco homeowner believes they are.

03/12/2014

A receipt from a Safeway supermarket in Burlingame. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Safeway Agrees To $2.25 Million Settlement For Overcharging

In 2012, ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts went undercover shopping at 5 Safeway stores in 3 counties. She was overcharged 5 times. According to more than 1,800 scanner inspections at Safeway-operated stores in 31 California counties and 11 different states, ConsumerWatch discovered that inspectors were overcharged on 1 out of every 50 items purchased over a 5 years span in California alone.

03/06/2014

(CBS SF)

Lawmaker Sues Covered California, Wants Canceled Health Plans Reinstated

A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California’s health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.

03/05/2014

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ConsumerWatch: 4 Bay Area Travel Agencies Closed, Accused of Selling ‘Worthless’ Tickets

At least 14 customers of a group of Bay Area travel agencies have filed complaints, alleging they were sold worthless plane tickets to China, Hong Kong and other places in Asia.

03/04/2014

(CBS SF)

Lawmaker May Crack Down On Flawed Doctor Lists On Covered California

A state lawmaker said a fix is needed to address the inaccurate provider lists offered by some of the insurance companies selling insurance on Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange.

02/27/2014

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Cal State East Bay Program Offers Course In Professional Wedding Planning

A unique training program is helping wedding planners polish their skills and gain an edge in an increasingly competitive field.

02/24/2014

(CBS SF)

Covered California Enrollees Complain About Limited Doctor Choices Nearby

California’s health care exchange promised potential customers they would have enough physicians to choose from. But some new enrollees, including an Alameda County woman, are discovering that their doctor choices are extremely limited.

02/19/2014

(CBS SF)

ConsumerWatch: Covered California Enrollees Complain Of Bait & Switch

A growing number of people who purchased health insurance through California’s state run exchange are complaining that they were misled about the availability of physicians in the network. Some are calling it a bait and switch.

02/13/2014

(Covered California)

ConsumerWatch: Many Reasons For Inaccuracies In Covered California Directory

Doctors, the insurance industry, and California’s medical establishment are shedding light on why there were so many inaccuracies in the now-removed Physician Directory on the Covered California website.

02/11/2014

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