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Getting signed up: Cecilia from Arizona

Cecilia Laspisa is self-employed and a few years away from Medicare eligibility. Because she has osteoporosis and sometimes gets migraine headaches, many insurance companies would not cover her. The one insurer who would charged her almost $600/month for coverage. Cecilia paid the high rates because she believes that health insurance is important. After open enrollment […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 | No Comments »


Getting Signed Up: Scott from Texas

Texas resident Scott from Dallas has owned a successful small business for several years. During that time, he has always paid for an individual health policy and the prices have been increasing steadily every year. About six years ago, Scott was in a car accident that caused a herniated disk in his neck. Though the […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | No Comments »


Getting signed up: Kate from Colorado

Consumers have 7 days left to sign up for health insurance through the online marketplace in order to buy coverage that will begin on January 1. Enrollment will remain open until March 31 for those who miss the December 23, 2013 deadline. Approximately 365,000 Americans have already registered, including Consumers Union story sharer Kate Campana. Kate lives in Colorado and is […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, December 16th, 2013 | No Comments »


New EPA Annual Report: 2012 Fuel Economy Hit Record High

EPA’s annual report shows MY 2012 vehicle sales hit an all time record high for car and truck average fuel economy.   And the trend is likely to continue. Highlights from the report demonstrate many positive developments: MY 2012 fuel economy averaged 23.6 miles per gallon—a new record and 1.2 mpg higher than MY 2011. Fuel […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | No Comments »


Getting signed up: Shay from Virginia

Thousands of Americans are registering for quality, affordable health insurance through the online marketplace. Consumers have until December 23 to enroll in a health plan through their state or federal marketplace to receive health insurance that will begin on January 1, 2014. Open enrollment will continue through the end of March for those who would like their health […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | No Comments »


Spending Green for a Green Planet: The Dos and Don’ts of Eco-Friendly Products

by guest blogger Caitlin Watkins Do you suffer from “green fatigue?” It’s not exactly seasickness, but it may be a similar feeling when you realize an eco- friendly product you just bought was overpriced, not actually green, or just plain ineffective. In recent years, the number of products labeled  “green” or “environmentally friendly” has increased […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 | No Comments »


CFPB Takes Action Against Deferred Interest Credit Provider for Deceptive Practices

We’ve been warning consumers of the dangers of deferred interest credit plans (see here, here and here). There is good news to report for consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against one of the larger companies in this space: CareCredit. CareCredit’s deferred interest credit cards are sold in 175,000 healthcare providers’ offices, […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | No Comments »


CFPB Announces Plans to Regulate Student Loan Servicers

Are you currently paying back your student loans?  If so, have you ever had problems dealing with companies that process loan payments, provide customer service, and keep track of your paperwork?  Well, these companies – called loan “servicers” – are about to get a hard look from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | No Comments »


Getting signed up: Barbara from Georgia

By now, the early glitches on HealthCare.gov are well known. The website has been worked on extensively since it was rolled out in October, and is now running pretty well. In the first two days of this month, 29,000 Americans were able to enroll in a health plan of their choice. On the third of December, Consumers Union story sharer […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, December 9th, 2013 | No Comments »


New College Grads: Student Debt Double Whammy

Last month, Consumers Union’s published a report featuring stories from student loan borrowers and their struggles. We can tell you that the news is not good for recent college graduates who face economic challenges to repay their student loan debt.  High debt loads, coupled with bleak job prospects, equals an economic double whammy that hobbles […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 | 1 Comment »


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