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No more excuses! Distinguishing “need” from “desire” when insurers want to raise rates

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 policies they plan to offer and at what price. It’s a fact of life that costs are constantly increasing and nowhere is that truer than in the healthcare sector. However, how much they go up each year is open for debate and a central factor in how insurance companies set their rates.

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 | No Comments »


Consumers rally against Comcast’s mega merger at shareholder meeting

Comcast may have an army of lobbyists on their side as they push their mega merger in Washington, but we’ve got the people! That’s the message we sent loud and clear at the Comcast shareholder meeting earlier this week in Philadelphia.  While investors were meeting inside, we held a People’s Vote on the merger outside […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 | 2 Comments »


Consumers rally against Comcast’s mega merger at shareholder meeting

Comcast may have an army of lobbyists on their side as they push their mega merger in Washington, but we’ve got the people! That’s the message we sent loud and clear at the Comcast shareholder meeting earlier this week in Philadelphia.  While investors were meeting inside, we held a People’s Vote on the merger outside […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »


New CFPB Paper Highlights Unfair Reporting of Medical Debt

Do you think that your medical bills are calculated fairly in your credit score? New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) suggests that they’re not. The CFPB’s new report reveals that the way medical debt is currently calculated in credit scores does not accurately represent consumers’ creditworthiness. Medical debt has become a significant […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Guest Post: A Blueprint for an Out of Control Cost Structure

Guest post by Roland Garton Consumers Union collected stories on the many problems consumers face with the cost of healthcare. This guest blog comes from one of the hundreds of story sharers that wrote to us.  How does one find out the cost of a medical procedure without actually having it performed? Short answer: you […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | No Comments »


Victory on GMO in Jackson and Josephine Counties, Oregon

Voters in Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine counties took a stand against Monsanto and the biotech industry on GMOs yesterday, passing ballot measures to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified crops within county borders in order to protect local crops from GMO pollen creep.   It is unclear at this point whether Josephine County’s law is enforceable. […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | No Comments »


New Pew Report Says Student Loan Borrowers Struggle to Accumulate Wealth

If there’s anyone still out there who doesn’t think student loans have a long-term impact on young people’s lives (is there?), some fresh numbers from Pew Research are worth a hard look.  The wealth gap is growing at alarming rates between those who are debt-free and those who carry student loans after graduation. According to […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


LendUp: A Better Payday Loan?

Can tech start-up LendUp provide a real alternative to shady store-front payday lenders? At the Finovate Spring 2014 conference in San Jose earlier this month, over 60 tech companies presented their new financial services products, many designed to make financial products more intelligent and encourage quicker and more efficient transactions. One of the most popular […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Lax Reporting by Debt Collectors Can Trigger Credit Reporting Errors

As creditors increasingly rely on debt collectors to resolve outstanding debts, consumers should pay careful attention to the information reported about them to credit bureaus. That’s especially true since credit reporting errors are incredibly common, as our recent report on the subject noted. One in five, or an estimated 40 million consumers have errors on […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


Military and Student Loan Borrower? Federal Regulators Stepping in to Protect You

Today federal regulators cracked down on Sallie Mae, the largest servicer of federal and private student loans.  The enforcement actions involve the U.S. Department of Justice which alleged that Sallie Mae systematically violated the legal rights of U.S. servicemembers, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) which reached a settlement with Sallie Mae over allegations […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments »


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