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Victory for Early Retirees’ Medi-Cal Coverage in California!

After several years of advocacy by Consumers Union and other consumer organizations, California law has now been fixed to ensure that early retirees in California (people age 55-64) will not have to put their family homes at risk if they receive health coverage through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program serving lower-income consumers. The law goes into […]

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Posted by Angela Perry on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 | No Comments »


The Clean Power Plan is a win for consumers

Today, a panel of judges with the federal district in Washington D.C., gather to hear new arguments about the White House’s controversial Clean Power Plan. The plan, which aims to reduce pollution from power plants and expand the use of clean, renewable energy, has been placed on hold by the Supreme Court as attorneys general in […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 | No Comments »


Infographic: How Fuel Economy Standards Work

There are lots of reasons to want better fuel economy in our vehicles–saving gasoline is good for our pocketbooks, the economy, and the environment.  And the good news is, today’s cars and trucks are more fuel efficient than ever and will keep on getting better, thanks to strong federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards.  […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 | No Comments »


Public Supports Clean Power, Despite State-Level Maneuvering

  The Clean Power Plan is facing its most substantial legal challenge this month as the DC federal district court hears new arguments whether the plan violates federal law. The CPP, which aims to reduce pollution from power plants and expand the use of clean, renewable energy, has been placed on hold by the Supreme Court […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 | No Comments »


New York’s Strong Payroll Card Rules End Noxious Fees

This week, the New York Department of Labor released new rules that prohibit many of the fees associated with payroll cards. Payroll cards look and work much like debit cards, but are not linked to a personal bank account. Some workers report that usage fees for these cards eat into much-needed funds. Payroll card fees […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Friday, September 9th, 2016 | No Comments »


New CFPB Report Brings Attention to Concerns about Bank Accounts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – in addition to its equally important regulatory and supervision work – collects and investigates complaints from consumers about financial products and services and regularly reports back to consumers about the most-complained about issues. The CFPB recently released its latest report, which shines a light on complaints about bank […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, September 9th, 2016 | 3 Comments »


New CAFE standards help consumers save big

Since 2012 when the current fuel economy rules were put into place, new cars and trucks have made great progress in boosting fuel efficiency. Now, federal and state officials are hoping to build on this progress by finalizing new standards for model years 2022-2025. Meeting the standards requires automakers to adopt new technologies. So the […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 | 24 Comments »


Correcting the Record on Fuel Economy Standards

Automakers and regulators are on track to significantly improve fuel economy for passenger cars and trucks by 2025. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a technical report that looked at the technologies automakers might use to meet the 2025 fuel economy standards. The report found that: Automakers […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »


Consumers Benefit from Efficient Appliances

It’s hot out there, and summer cooling bills can make your temperature rise even further. Fortunately, there’s good news for consumers buying new air conditioners—improvements in efficiency will help keep you cool at a lower cost. And the savings from efficiency goes beyond air conditioners– refrigerators, microwaves, water heaters, washers and dryers exist in nearly […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


Air Ambulance Flights Leave Many with Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills

When patients need to be airlifted to medical care in an emergency, the first priority is getting them to a provider as quickly as possible. As a result, patients don’t always know who is going to pick them up, or if the air ambulance is in their health plan’s network. That can end up leading […]

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Posted by Angela Perry on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


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