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Ban tổ chức mang vòng hoa lên tượng đài. (Hình: Lâm Hoài Thạch/Người Việt)
Ban tổ chức mang vòng hoa lên tượng đài. (Hình: Lâm Hoài Thạch/Người Việt)

Ngày 30 tháng 4 năm 1975, ngày đánh dấu sự thất thủ của Sài Gòn và của miền Nam Việt Nam. Giờ đây, ngày 30 tháng 4 hàng năm được gọi là Tháng Tư Đen, một ngày nhắc nhở chúng ta về sự mất mát của hơn 250,000 binh lính miền Nam Việt Nam và gần 60,000 lính Mỹ trong Chiến tranh Việt Nam.

Trong chiến tranh, các gia đình Việt Nam bị chia cắt và trở thành nạn nhân của tù đày hoặc thương vong của chiến tranh. Những người có thể trốn thoát, rời bỏ nhà cửa và đồ đạc của họ để trở thành người tị nạn ở một vùng đất xa lạ. Thậm chí có nguy cơ bỏ trốn, nhiều người đã trải qua nạn đói, bị hãm hiếp, nô lệ, bắt cóc trẻ em, và một số thậm chí là cái chết. Những gia đình Việt Nam may mắn sống sót, mất tất cả và phải làm lại từ đầu.

Đã chưa đầy 50 năm kể từ khi người Việt tị nạn đến đây định cư tại Hoa Kỳ nhưng họ đã có thể làm lại cuộc đời. Giờ đây, con cái của họ là người Mỹ, chúng có nhà, có bằng đại học, kinh doanh riêng và sống theo giấc mơ Mỹ. Một trong những gia đình nổi bật này sở hữu thương hiệu Việt Mỹ nổi tiếng: Lee’s Sandwiches.

Như nhiều người Việt Nam sinh sống trên khắp thế giới, ngoài Việt Nam, thương tiếc và phản ánh Tháng Tư Đen, người sáng lập Lee’s Sandwiches, Lê Văn Chiêu, được nhìn thấy cùng với Nguyễn Minh Triết, nguyên Chủ tịch Đảng Cộng sản của Việt Nam. Tại sao một người rời bỏ đất nước vì tự do lại kết hợp với đảng cộng sản khiến anh ta phải rời bỏ quê hương?

Năm 2007, hình ảnh Lê Văn Chiêu tham dự một sự kiện cộng sản ở Quận Cam, CA, được đăng trên báo chí, người Việt Nam sống ở Quận Cam đã phẫn nộ và phản đối trước quán Lee’s Sandwiches. Cho rằng Lê Văn Chiêu đã không rút ra được bài học cho mình và tiếp tục ăn mừng Tháng Tư Đen ở Việt Nam vào năm 2022.

Ngoài ra, Lê Văn Chiêu hiện đang bị quản chế vì vụ án pháp lý # SACR20-00128-DFM, nơi ông ta bị kết tội in nhãn USDA giả cho các sản phẩm của Lee’s Sandwiches. Theo các điều kiện của quản chế, Lê Văn Chiêu phải xin phép tòa án hoặc viên chức quản chế của mình để được rời khỏi khu tư pháp. Lê Văn Chiêu có xin phép và có được cấp phép không?

Nhiều người Mỹ gốc Việt chỉ muốn biết tại sao Lê Văn Chiêu lại phản bội đồng bào Mỹ của mình bằng cách liên kết với đảng cộng sản Việt Nam?


April 30, 1975, the date that marks the fall of Saigon and of South Vietnam. Now, every April 30th is known as Black April, a day that reminds us of the loss of over 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers and nearly 60,000 American soldiers in the Vietnam War.

During the war, Vietnamese families were torn apart and became victims of imprisonment or casualties of war. Those that were able to escape, left their homes and belongings to become refugees in a foreign land. Even the risk of escaping, many experienced hunger, rape, slavery, child abduction, and some even death. Vietnamese families that we fortunate enough to survive, lost everything and had to start over.

It’s been less than 50 years since Vietnamese refugees have settled here in the United States, but they have been able to rebuild their lives. Now their children are Americans, they own homes, they have college degrees, own business, and live the American dream. One of these prominent families own the well-known Vietnamese American brand, Lee’s Sandwiches.

As many Vietnamese living around the world, outside of Vietnam, mourn and reflect on Black April, the founder of Lee’s Sandwiches, Lê Văn Chiêu, is seen celebrating with Nguyễn Minh Triết, the former President of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Why would a man who left his country for freedom associate with the communist party that caused him to leave his homeland?

In 2007, photos of Lê Văn Chiêu attending a communist event in Dana Point, CA, was in the press, Vietnamese living in Orange County were outraged and protested in front of Lee’s Sandwiches. Supposedly, Lê Văn Chiêu has not learned his lesson and continues to celebrate Black April in Vietnam in 2022.

Additionally, Lê Văn Chiêu is currently on probation for his legal case # SACR20-00128-DFM where he was found guilty of printing fake USDA labels for Lee’s Sandwiches products. Per the conditions of the probation, Lê Văn Chiêu must seek approval from the court or his probation officer in order to leave the judicial district. Did Lê Văn Chiêu request permission and was it granted?

Many Vietnamese Americans just want to know why Lê Văn Chiêu would betray his fellow Americans by affiliating with Vietnam’s communist party?

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Insurance Companies are Being Sued by a Surgery Center that Had Enough

After being owed over $6M, Coast Surgery Center has had enough and is suing the insurance companies.





Jan 16, 2023, 06:35 ET

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Jan. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Coast Surgery Center is an outpatient surgery center in the city of Huntington Beach, CA and has been in business since 2018. Coast is a facility for outpatient procedures offering healthcare related services. Just like most medical facilities, before services are rendered to a patient, the provider and facility obtain authorization with the insurance carrier for approval and are provided with the usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) rate for the procedure. Based on the UCR rate provided by the insurance, the provider and patient understand that if they are to proceed, how much the insurance company will reimburse. All the information obtained is documented by both the insurance carrier and facility as a part of their policy and practice.

Coast provides services to its patients relying on the insurance representations solely based on their statements, promises, and representations. By authorizing a procedure, insurance companies are granting Coast to provide healthcare services to their members, and Coast is fulfilling the insurances’ contractual obligations to its members.

The insurance companies significantly started reducing the reimbursement rate from UCR to below Medicare rate in 2018, and for some claims, they didn’t pay at all. Since 2019, Coast Surgery Center accumulated bills totaling over $6M. So now Coast is suing some of the largest health insurance providers in the country; United Health Care, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield Associates, and all Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliated companies for illegal, coercive, unfair, fraudulent practices, bad faith and deceptive advertisements.

In the civil case #30-2022-01271476-CU-CO-CJC filed by Coast Surgery Center in Orange County, California, Coast states they billed Blue Cross $49,550 for a surgery and Blue Cross paid $202.99. This is an example for many of the underpaid bills. Insurance companies have had a history of lawsuits for underpaying. As of June 30, 2019, 43% of Anthem’s medical bills were unpaid. By 2021, that figure rose to 53%, resulting in a total of $2.5 billion unpaid bills. Yet, Anthem’s profits in 2020 were reported to be $4.6 billion and $3.5 billion in the first half of 2021.

These unpaid bills harm medical providers like Coast by failing to provide reasonable rates for its services, negatively impacting the quality of service, value of Coast, and significantly impacting Coast’s business relationship with patients and prospects. With this lawsuit, Coast is hoping that the big insurance companies will stop taking advantage of small providers as Coast will continue to provide critical, quality healthcare services and treatment to its Defendants’ members on its behalf and hope to be paid reasonable rates.

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California Gov. Newsom says community spread started at nail salon




Reported by NBC News

May 8, 2020, 7:22 PM PDT / Updated May 10, 2020, 4:27 PM PDT

By Alicia Victoria Lozano

He said he couldn’t provide more information because of health and privacy concerns.

Image: Gavin Newsom
Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses the reopening of businesses during a news conference Friday in Sacramento, California. Rich Pedroncelli / Pool via AP

After dropping a provocative remark that community spread of coronavirus in California started at a nail salon, Gov. Gavin Newsom declined Friday to provide additional details about where the salon was located and how health officials traced the case.

“This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon. I just want to remind everybody of that and that I’m very worried about that,” Newsom said Thursday during his daily COVID-19 briefing in Sacramento.

On Friday, despite requests from multiple media organizations, he said he could not release more information because of health and privacy concerns. He added that his office would provide additional details when possible.

California Gov. Newsom: COVID-19 community spread ‘started in a nail salon’

“There are, and I know everybody watching understands this, health and personal privacy obligations that are bigger than any public statements that have to be abided by, legal parameters, as it relates to that first case,” Newsom said during a news conference.

The first known case of community spread in the California was reported in Solano County in late February. Officials more recently said the first known death from COVID-19 was recorded in Santa Clara County. Both are in Northern California.

Newsom’s initial comment triggered immediate backlash from the beauty industry, which called his statement “surprising and disappointing.”

“As a former restaurateur himself, the governor knows the daily struggles of small business owners such as the 11,000 nail salons in California where approximately 80 percent of salons are owned and operated by Vietnamese Americans,” said Mike Vo, board chair of the Pro Nails Association in Irvine.

“It also pains us as law-abiding Americans living and working in California that the governor’s remarks may contribute to further anxiety and even heightened fear in today’s unfortunate toxic environment,” he added.

Speaking from inside a Sacramento flower shop on Friday, Newsom addressed concerns that his comments could ultimately hurt the nail industry.

“Oh my gosh that industry is noble,” he said. “It’s an opportunity … an exit point out of poverty. It’s one of the most entrepreneurial industries in our country. I have a deep reverence for those entrepreneurs.”

He went on to add that the statement was not meant to be an “indictment” of the industry as a whole, but instead an explanation of why personal care services such as manicures will be included in the third phase of California’s reopening and not sooner.

Despite attempting to distance himself from any negative fallout, an association of salons and barber shops said it would sue to try to force Newsom to let them reopen sooner, arguing they already undergo extensive training on sanitation and are licensed by the state, NBC affiliate KCRA reported.

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology recommends that nail technicians wear gloves and masks to protect workers from inhaling toxic chemicals, but it does not require protection for all services. Streamlining safety guidelines is one of the reasons California will not authorize the reopening of nail salons until the third phase, Newsom said.

Some salons have already reopened despite Newsom’s phased approach. In Northern California, a line stretched out the door of a Yuba City salon on Wednesday. Some customers wore masks while others did not. At least 33 salons operating illegally have been shut down across the state, according to Newsom.

The public health officer who allowed restaurants and salons to open in defiance of a statewide shutdown acknowledged that many businesses were not following proper safety protocols.

The announcement from Dr. Phuong Luu, the health officer for Yuba and Sutter counties, came as state officials threatened to revoke alcohol licenses from restaurants that followed Luu’s reopening order, which went into effect Monday.

California officially entered the first phase of stage two on Friday, which allows curbside pickup at retail stores and the reopening of parks and hiking trails. Dining inside a restaurant or visiting a salon are prohibited under Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order.

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Coast Surgery Center of Huntington Beach, CA is suing some of the largest health insurance providers in the country; United Health Care, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield Associates, and all Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliated companies for illegal, coercive, unfair, fraudulent practices, bad faith and deceptive advertisements.

When patients need a provider, they often look for an in-network provider to save them money but when a patient requires an out-of-network specialist or wants a provider they trust, insurance carriers like Blue Cross, utilize a separate rate for these out-of-network providers. Even before services are rendered to a patient, the out-of-network provider and facility obtain authorization with the insurance carrier for approval and are provided with the usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) rate. Based on the UCR rate provided by the insurance, the provider and patient understand that if they are to proceed, how much the insurance company will reimburse.

This lawsuit arises because Blue Cross is intentionally underpaying Coast Surgery Center even after Coast had obtained authorization and was provided with the UCR rates from Blue Cross.  Blue Cross’s scheme was to significantly reduce the reimbursement rate from UCR to below Medicare rate and this is a “take it or leave it” offer.

For example, Coast Surgery Center billed Blue Cross $49,550 for a surgery and Blue Cross paid $202.99! Medical facilities cannot stay in business and offer quality service to patients when they are unable to cover rent, let alone utilities, supplies, and staff. Why would a patient purchase insurance coverage that’s hundreds of dollars a month when they can walk into a surgery center and just pay only $202.99 for their surgery? It’s inconceivable that Blue Cross can consider this “usual, customary, and reasonable.” Blue Cross was paying 75% – 100% of approved out-of-network charges to Coast Surgery Center prior to 2019 but since 2019 to July 2022, Blue Cross has only paid 1.59% of bills totaling over $6M, for the same procedures they have approved before, so how is this “usual, customary, and reasonable?”

Blue Cross collects billions of dollars from insurance premiums each year but is too greedy to pay out the providers that have rendered services to patients. Blue Cross is the middle man taking money from customers, paying pennies to the dollar to providers, and keeping a large chunk for themselves without having to lift a finger. Contrary to their claims that they care about reducing member healthcare costs, patients have been forced to pay more for their healthcare as a result of their scheming practices, while giving less access to providers of choice. If Blue Cross is not stopped, they will ruin out-of-network medical providers, patients will have limited choices, and the quality of care will diminish. Blue Cross is manipulating the system and have conspired with third-party servicers like Multi-plan to defraud many out-of-network providers by coercing them into servicing patients with authorization and then extorting the providers into contracts that only offer significantly reduced rates leaving them in an impossible position.

When deciding their health and the well-being of their families, patients want to be able to select their doctor based on their needs, not based on the insurance carrier’s pool of what they have to offer. Blue Cross forces patients to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for using out-of-network providers, ultimately, its practices increase costs and deprive patients of their right to choose their doctors.

Blue Cross and many large insurance companies pay lobbyists to help create laws that allow them loopholes to be able to get away with cheating their customers. Customers then purchase insurance policies that might not even cover them when they need it. When customers get frustrated and demand the insurance to pay or want to ring the alarm, the insurance company pays Medicare rate, instead of paying the UCR rates as they really should be. This doesn’t make any sense when insurance premiums increase annually, and coverage keeps decreasing.

California tax payers including patients, doctors, and facilities fund the Department of Insurance and the Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) so that they can ensure consumers of their healthcare rights and to protect consumers from being cheated. Yet these departments have ignored these insurance companies or are not aware of their tactics. These Departments should be protecting consumers and investigating these insurance payout processes because the insurance companies are working the system and using the loophole to scam customers of millions of dollars in premiums and paying out next to nothing or nothing at all. So the Dept of Insurance and DMHC should be protecting patients, instead of protecting the health insurance companies and letting them work the system.

If you are a medical provider or facility that feels you’ve been pressured by insurance companies to accept an unreasonable rate for your services, file your complaint with the Department of Managed Health Care by calling (888) 466-2219 or write to them at 980 9th St., #500, Sacramento, CA 95814. You can also contact the Department of Insurance at (800) 927-4357 or your local political representative – who are no paid directly or indirectly by lobbyists for those private health insurance companies. You can also share your story with Truth Media or be referred for legal representation with a specialized attorney for your case against the insurance companies for illegal, coercive, unfair, fraudulent practices, bad faith, and deceptive advertisements by emailing

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