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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 »

More Momentum In NYS! GMO Labeling Bill Passes Out Of Codes Committee

  The NYS Assembly’s Codes Committee today passed with 15 votes bill A.3525 which would require the labeling GMOs! This is another good step forward for activists and advocates who have been fighting to give consumers the right to know what is in their food. Now for the bill to move forward in the NYS […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

It’s Time to Hold Crummy Career Colleges Accountable

This week, U.S. News published a great op-ed from our friends at Young Invincibles, a youth-oriented group that advocates for fairness in higher education. The op-ed, titled “Selling More Debt Than Degrees,” makes a lot of the same points we’ve made in our own posts about how important it is to protect students from career […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, May 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Telling the Truth and Standing Up for Consumers’ Right to Know What’s Their Food

by Caitlin Watkins Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has long fought for the labeling of food that is genetically engineered. We believe that consumers have a right to know how their food is produced–so that they can make more informed purchasing decisions. Our own Elisa Odabashian, director of the West […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

CFPB Calls Out Credit Bureaus and Debt Collectors for Abusive Practices

Have the credit bureaus and debt collectors been meeting their legal responsibilities to treat consumers fairly? We’ve long argued that credit bureaus and debt collectors need to be held more accountable for breaking the law and harming consumers. Luckily, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been taking a closer look. In the CFPB’s latest […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

A turning tide on antibiotic-raised meat

 ” A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill– is a very real possibility for the 21st century.” “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives.” You’d think that these kinds of alarm bells sounded by not-so-alarmist organizations as […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 | 8 Comments »

National Momentum Building On Labeling GMO Foods

The national drumbeat about genetically engineered food is getting louder. And each one of you who talk about, share on your networks, or take action to label GMO foods is helping bang the drum. Monsanto, can you hear that? Just last week, voters in two rural Oregon farming counties banned GMO crops. The vote was […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 | 23 Comments »

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 | 1 Comment »

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 »

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