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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 »

CFPB Takes Action to Shut Down Illegal Student “Debt Relief” Scams

Big news today from the CFPB! – they are putting an end to two student “debt relief” scams that illegally tricked borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal loan benefits. The CFPB, in a joint filing with Florida’s Attorney General, shut down student debt relief company College Education Services and separately filed a lawsuit against Student Loan […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

Major U.S. school systems announce new no-antibiotics chicken policy

Six of the largest school systems in the U.S. announced plans to serve students chicken raised without antibiotics in school cafeterias. Coordinating as the Urban School Food Alliance, the schools represent nearly 3 million students and include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Dade County and Orlando County. The new policy mandates that all chicken […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, December 10th, 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 | No Comments »

Tis the Season for Giving or Getting Gift Cards – What You Need to Know

From a few dollars on a piece of plastic to hundreds of dollars sent via an email, text message or mobile app, gift cards are popular presents this time of year. So popular, in fact, that 85% of shoppers plan to give at least one gift card this year. But did you know that while […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, December 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

$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 | No Comments »

New Payment Cards Are Ahead

SF’s District Attorney Launches a Program to Make Sure Everyone’s Ready San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascón wants to make sure that consumers and businesses understand smart card (sometimes called EMV or chip) payment technology. Consumers are vulnerable to fraud because crooks have learned how to outwit traditional credit and debit card security systems, and steal […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

Oregon GMO labeling fight headed to recount

It’s official:  Oregon’s ballot fight over labeling GMO foods is officially heading to a recount. Despite major media outlets and the opposition saying the measure had failed after the November 4 election, sustained efforts to count each vote now show that the difference is so close that a recount must take place. Of more than […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

No-Merger Contest: We have a winner! (Three of them, in fact)

As part of our “Stop the Comcast Mega-Merger” campaign, we invited our most active online advocates to put their organizing skills to the test. The challenge: Five weeks to collect as many written comments as possible opposing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Contestants were placed into one of three categories depending on how many comment […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Friday, November 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

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