Intended to help citizens of CA learn their rights & responsibilities under their health care plan or insur. co. & the laws governing them. It includes sections on your rights to: continuous care, 2nd opinions, referrals & info.; informed consent; med. records & confidentiality; emergency med. care; coverage of preexisting conditions; file grievances with your health plan; have your HMO's decisions independently reviewed & to sue your HMO; & appeal & litigate benefit denials under ERISA. Also: your health care coverage options; vital steps to receiving the health care you need -- a checklist; sample letter to request expedited review of a denial of coverage; & strategic advice & tactics for patients.Leonard, Barry is the author of 'California Patient's Guide Your Health Care Rights And Remedies', published 2004 under ISBN 9780756718435 and ISBN 0756718430.