Consumers Union urges California commission to be on the lookout for oil price manipulation

California Energy Commission Petroleum Market Advisory Committee 1516 Ninth Street Sacramento, California 95814 Re:  Request to closely monitor oil markets in January 2015 Dear Chairman Weisenmiller, Prof. Sweeney and other Advisory Committee members: Consumers Union (CU), the policy arm of Consumer Reports, encourages the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee to closely review data for signs of […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Monday, December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Metal Matters

When you’re choosing between health plans, don’t just look at the premium. We previously wrote about all the elements of a plan that contribute to its total cost. Plans in the individual market are divided into metal tiers like the Olympic medals, from bronze up to platinum. For consumers at certain income levels, the plan’s […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Monday, December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Consumers Union counters Fred Thompson in new video: reverse mortgages aren’t always the answer

Thinking about getting a reverse mortgage? First, be sure to look at our new video! Post by Consumers Union. Reverse mortgages are loans that can be accessed by homeowners who are aged 62 or over. Consumers can tap into the equity of their home to obtain cash, then pay back the loan when they sell […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

You can save money on your health insurance premiums!

Did you know you may be able to get financial help to lower how much you pay every month for health insurance?  Known as “premium tax credits,” these can help make insurance more affordable. And over 80% of people nationwide will qualify for financial help. To get help right away, the premium tax credit can […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Friday, December 5th, 2014 | Comments Off

$22 million refund for victims of credit score “gotchas”

Some much-needed relief is in store for consumers who have fallen for “free” credit score come-ons. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it, along with the Ohio and Illinois Attorneys General, would require three companies to give $22 million back to consumers for allegedly misleading them into signing up for credit monitoring […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 | Comments Off

How much does health insurance really cost?

Now is the time to take a close look at your health insurance coverage options, whether you had health insurance this year or not. Even people who are happy with their current plans should see what’s available on Covered CA for 2015 – plan costs might have changed and you might find a better option […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Monday, November 24th, 2014 | Comments Off

Time Well Spent: Picking the Right Health Plan for 2015

Picking a health insurance plan should be a part of everyone’s annual health care routine. Consumers Union can help make this hard decision easier. We have three tips to help you ask the right questions when choosing the health plan that’s best for you. Do you want to renew your current health plan or make […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Bring your credit reporting questions to San Francisco’s Art of Financial Well-Being event

Have you ever wondered why you keep making smart financial decisions, yet your credit score stays the same? Or what to do if you, like one in five Americans, have an error on your credit report? I can answer those questions. This Sunday, I’ll be at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair, at San […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | Comments Off

Californians: It’s that time of year again

Dreading shopping for health insurance? You’re not alone – research shows most people do. But picking the right health insurance plan for your or your family could be the most important decision you make this year – health care is the second biggest expense, after housing, for most families. Open enrollment this year is November […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | Comments Off

Meet Consumers Union experts at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair

Join us this Sunday as Consumers Union anti-scam experts Maureen Mahoney and Christina Tetreault table at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair. This free event is at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center (JCCSF, located at 3200 California Street in San Francisco) from 11 to 3. Find out how to avoid “Gimmicks and Gotchas.” We’ve […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Comments Off

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