Archive for August, 2010

The Truth About Cell Phones and the Do Not Call Registry

August 16, 2010
Red Phone

Please Do Not Call

Consumers do not need to register cell phone or wireless numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to be protected from most telemarketing calls to those numbers, despite viral email messages saying otherwise. Consumers may place their cell phone number on the Do Not Call Registry to notify marketers that they don’t want to get unsolicited telemarketing calls, but federal regulations already prohibit most telemarketing targeted to cell phones.       

The truth about cell phones and the Do Not Call Registry is: 

  • The government is not releasing cell phone numbers to telemarketers.
  • There is no deadline for registering a cell phone number on the Do Not Call Registry.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers.  Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers’ cell phones without their consent.
  • There is only one Do Not Call Registry, operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with information available at https://donotcall.gov/ . There is no separate registry for cell phones.
  • The Do Not Call Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. To register by telephone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You must call from the phone number that you want to register. To register online (https://donotcall.gov/), you will have to respond to a confirmation email.
  • If you have registered a mobile or other telephone number already, you don’t need to re-register. Once registered, a telephone number stays on the Do Not Call Registry until the registration is canceled or service for the number is discontinued.

Reprinted on August 9, 2010, courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, please visit www.ftc.gov

  

  

  

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Medi-Cal providers receive retroactive payments for 10% Medi-Cal cuts

August 16, 2010

California Medi-Cal providers recently received checks totaling $25.8 million as retroactive payment for claims processed between July 1, 2008 and August 18, 2008.

In February 2008, a 10-percent Medi-Cal provider cut was proposed by the Schwarzenegger administration and agreed to by the state Legislature in an emergency budget session as part of efforts to address a $15 billion budget shortfall. The 10-percent cut took effect July 1, 2008.

The California Medical Association filed a federal lawsuit in May 2008 to stop the unlawful cuts. On August 18, 2008, six weeks after the cuts took effect, a federal court issued an injunction ordering the state of California to reverse the 10-percent cut, finding that the cuts would irreparably harm access to health care for nearly 7 million Californians. Unfortunately, at the time the injunction was not retroactive to Medi-Cal services provided between July 1, 2008, and August 18, 2008.

In January 2010, a federal court ruled that the state was obligated to make retroactive payments to providers for claims processed at the lower rates between July 1, 2008, and August 18, 2008. Most physicians impacted by these cuts received checks in April of this year. The checks were not, however, accompanied by a letter of explanation.

Source: www.cmanet.org


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