Using Health IT to Improve Access to Information, Receive Better Care

Second in a blog series on health IT. Most of us grew up with a health care system centered on those precious moments you get to spend one-on-one with your doctor. Forget to ask a question and you feel like you have to wait for the next visit. In this digital age, communication with our […]

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Posted by Jon Lebkowsky on Friday, July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »


Let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continue to do its job

On July 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will mark its fourth anniversary. The consumer financial watchdog, created by Congress in the wake of the financial crisis caused by shady mortgage lenders and Wall Street abuses, has done a lot for consumers in just a few years, having tackled important issues such as credit cards, mortgages, […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »


How Do Energy Costs in Your State Compare to Other States?

1 = lowest cost; 51 = highest cost green = low cost; red = highest cost Energy costs can spike in the summer time, when many people would probably rather sit inside and crank up the A/C. But for some states, that cost is significantly higher than others. Wallet Hub decided to compile data from […]

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Posted by Marc Priester on Monday, July 21st, 2014 | No Comments »


Your health care now has a username and password

This is the first in a series of blogs on health information technology.  Can you schedule an appointment with your doctor online? Or log on and check out your medical history? Maybe you’re in contact with your doctor via email? Or you wear one of those nifty new wristbands that aim to track aspects of […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | No Comments »


CFPB Fights Elder Abuse & Senior Scams

Elder financial abuse is an under-the-radar problem, but one that can have enormous consequences for seniors and their families. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), close to five percent of Americans over 60 were found to suffer from elder financial abuse by a member of their family in one year alone. Financial abuse […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 | No Comments »


Struggling with high drug costs, senior questions marketing expenses

Recently Alvin responded to our request for stories about consumer struggles with health care costs. Though he considers himself relatively healthy, in his early 70s, he does have chronic conditions that commonly accompany aging. Alvin takes five pills daily to control his high blood pressure, heart rate, gout, and high cholesterol. He predicts that he […]

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Posted by Sarah Melecki on Friday, July 11th, 2014 | No Comments »


What You Need to Know About Repaying Student Loans

Whether you’re a new college graduate (congrats!) or someone who is already repaying student loans, it’s important to know all your options for managing your monthly payments. For federally-backed student loans, you can take advantage of repayment plans that let you pay lower amounts each month to ease the stress of paying the loans. To […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | No Comments »


Consumer Reports poll finds most Americans oppose the Comcast mega merger

Comcast has been trying to sell its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable by promising all sorts of benefits for consumers.  But a new public opinion survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that the public isn’t falling for the cable giant’s empty promises. According to the poll, only 11 percent of the […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Reverse mortgages: Is it true? Can you really keep your house?

If you’re wondering about the answer to this question, check out this NBC Bay Area news story which aired on June 11th.  Reality Check: Reverse Mortgages Aren’t As Good As They Sound  After you’ve watched, tell us what you think in the comments section below. Over the years, Consumers Union has written about reverse mortgages […]

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Posted by Norma Garcia on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 | 8 Comments »


Senate to Vote on Warren Student Loan Bill

Millions of student loan borrowers are repaying loans with high interest rates – and that’s something that Senator Warren wants to change. Last month, Senator Warren introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Refinancing Act, which would let current borrowers refinance their loans down to the lower rates Congress passed in 2013 for new loans.  It’s a […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | No Comments »


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