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Vermont Sued Over GMO Right To Know Law

Four major industry trade groups (the Grocery Manufacturers Associationthe Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers) have filed suit against the state of Vermont calling the GMO law, Act 120, a violation of their first amendment rights. The Vermont law would go into effect in July of 2016 and would require […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, June 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Student Loan Repayment 101

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 Consumers Union on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Wall Street’s Latest Wishlist For Congress Would Make Even the Pharmaceutical Industry Blush

Do you know what stands between the American people and another financial crisis? Two things. The first is a little but scrappy federal agency that just happens to be the most important institution to emerge out of the crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And the second is defeating the the Wall Street Wishlist. […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | No 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 »

#19: Trader Joe’s (still) sells meat raised on antibiotics

Read Buzzfeed’s 18 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Trader Joe’s, and you’ll learn some tidbits about Hawaiian shirts and ginger snaps.   But the thing we find pretty incredible (perhaps #19?) is that this company still continues to stock its shelves with meat from animals raised on antibiotics. We know Trader Joe’s customers expect better. […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

White House Takes Action to Ease Student Debt Burdens

President Obama announced today that he will take executive action to expand access to affordable repayment plans.  Starting next year, an additional 5 million borrowers with federal student loans will be able to cap their loan payments at 10 percent of their monthly income, under the “Pay As You Earn” repayment plan. Up until now, […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, June 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

Trend setters: how much does the cost of healthcare increase each year?

(This is the 4th in a series of blogs on health insurance rate review) As we explained in our earlier blog posts, health insurance companies are starting to submit to state and federal officials information on what health insurance plans they will offer and at what price. A major factor in how insurers decide what prices to charge […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Monday, June 9th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

New Consumer Reports Poll Shows That Consumers Want GMO Labeling

A Consumer Reports poll of the nation found that: 92% Think GE Food Should Be Labeled Before Sold 92% Think GE Food Should Meet Government Safety Standards Before Sold 92% Demand the Government Label GE Salmon An overwhelming majority of U.S. consumers think that before GMO food is sold, it should be labeled accordingly (92% of consumers) and […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, June 9th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Legislation introduced to fix “family glitch” in Obamacare

Obamacare has helped more than 8 million Americans get affordable healthcare coverage to date and introduced an array of new consumer protections like ending discrimination based on your health history. Attention is now shifting to remaining health reform issues like closing the coverage gap in states that didn’t expand Medicaid and bringing down the overall cost of […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, June 6th, 2014 | 9 Comments »

Get in under the wire: Affordable health insurance for those with COBRA coverage

  Losing your health insurance can be a scary experience, especially when it happens because of a job loss. A combination of federal and state laws, known as “COBRA” and “Cal-COBRA” (named after The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act), allows most Californians who lose their jobs to hold onto their health insurance for up to […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

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