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Join Consumers Union & Nationwide Advocates to Discuss Surprise Medical Bills

#SurpriseMedBills Twitter Chat Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10am PT/12pm CT/1pm ET Whether it’s a shocking bill for an ER doctor, a last-minute switch to an out-of-network anesthesiologist, or a bill that just doesn’t add up, consumers need protection and the tools to contest unfair or inaccurate bills. Patients shouldn’t get caught in the middle […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 | No Comments »


How California’s climate change programs are investing in communities

In 2006, California passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, a sweeping piece of legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.  But why stop at becoming a global leader in addressing climate change when you can also invest in and directly improve the lives of people in disadvantaged […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 | 1 Comment »


The heartbreaking consequences of the grandparent scam

Last week, the New York Times featured the story of a woman whose grandfather fell victim to the notorious “grandparent scam.” The piece illuminates some of the unexpected ways this scam can affect consumers: it not only robs them of their  money, but it can compromise their closest relationships. In the grandparent scam, the scammer […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Monday, April 13th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


Mega-Merger Gives Comcast Too Much Control Over Broadband

Should one giant corporation be allowed to control more than half of the high speed broadband in homes across the country? That’s a key question at the center of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.  And it’s a big reason why the merger has generated so much public opposition. If Comcast gets […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | 1 Comment »


McDonald’s, Costco commit to sourcing chicken raised without human antibiotics

One of the world’s largest and most iconic fast food chains has made a commitment on its chicken sourcing, announcing it will no longer allow the use of antibiotics important in human medicine in the production of chicken for its US restaurants. McDonald’s says it will complete this transition within two years, by 2017. On the CBS […]

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Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | Comments Off on McDonald’s, Costco commit to sourcing chicken raised without human antibiotics


Help! I didn’t know there was a penalty for not having insurance

If you didn’t realize there was a penalty for not having insurance in 2014 until you did your taxes this year and want to avoid paying a penalty again next year, you can still sign up for health insurance in most states. You’ll have to pay any penalty you may owe for not having insurance […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Monday, March 9th, 2015 | Comments Off on Help! I didn’t know there was a penalty for not having insurance


Consumers Value Fuel Economy Even in Times of Falling Gas Prices

It may be frigid throughout regions in the U.S., but gas prices are ticking back up because refineries are holding back capacity in advance of the return to summer blends of gasoline and increased driving that warmer weather will bring. Fortunately, lower gas prices haven’t lulled most consumers into wasting fuel and money.  Consumer Reports’ […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


Identity monitoring isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Target. Home Depot. UPS. With the recent rash of data breaches, millions of consumers have had their personal and financial information compromised. After a data breach, consumers may turn to companies that promise they can “safeguard your finances, credit and good name.” But we think their advertising doesn’t tell you the whole truth about how […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 | Comments Off on Identity monitoring isn’t all it’s cracked up to be


News: FCC Fines Robocall Company

The FCC dropped a $25,000 fine on the robocall company Message Communications, Inc for: “[O]bstruction of an Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigation into the Company’s compliance with the Communications Act and our rules relating to the practice of making calls using artificial or prerecorded voice messages—“robocalling”. Robocalls may be made to consumers cell phones only if the consumer has […]

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Posted by Tim Marvin on Monday, February 9th, 2015 | 8 Comments »


New video counsels consumers to “just say no” to payday loans

Payday loan advertisements often make them sound like a great deal — offering instant cash to consumers who need help covering their bills before their next payday. But the ads don’t tell you that these toxic payday loans are extremely expensive. It’s rare that a consumer is able to pay back the loan right away. […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 | Comments Off on New video counsels consumers to “just say no” to payday loans


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