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Rocky Delgadillo to head advocacy group for L.A. doctors

October 14, 2011 |  7:22 pm

Former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo

Former Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has been named the top executive of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn., a local advocacy group for doctors, the organization said Friday.

The association praised Delgadillo for his work at City Hall, where his office sued insurance companies Health Net and Anthem Blue Cross over such issues as business practices and denial of claims.

Health Net, based in Woodland Hills, settled the case by paying $6.3 million to 800 people who had their policies rescinded. The case with Anthem Blue Cross is ongoing, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office.

The association weighs in on healthcare policy in Sacramento and across the state. In a statement, Delgadillo promised to help the association’s members “focus on the important work they do, and not on the bureaucracy that plagues the medical profession.”

Delgadillo left office in 2009 and attempted unsuccessfully to run for state attorney general the following year. A representative of Delgadillo said he will be paid by the association even as he continues to practice with the law firm Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor.

When Delgadillo was in office, that firm was hired by the city to handle cases at the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports.

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- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: Former Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo in 2008 announcing that his office filed a civil law enforcement action against Blue Shield. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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