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It’s Time for the Government to Help Victims of College Fraud

With another school year in full swing, students and families are embarking on the journey of higher education with hopes of better days and opportunities ahead.  But all too many students have been burned in recent years by schools making false promises that put them into debt for a low-quality education and weak job prospects. […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Monday, September 28th, 2015 | No Comments »


The Low-Down Dozen: Consumer Reports flags twelve hospitals for low infection prevention ratings

Too many hospitals are allowing superbugs to gang up on patients. This summer, Consumer Reports released a groundbreaking series on antibiotic-resistant superbugs and for the first time ever, Consumer Reports rated hospitals based on their infection rates for MRSA and C.diff. These are two of the most common and deadly bacterial infections in hospitals.  Our latestsuperbug […]

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Posted by Daniela Nunez on Monday, September 28th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


Beware of Credit Card Add-Ons

In recent years, banks have been attracting some unwanted attention about their add-on credit card products. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Citibank and its subsidiaries $700 million for deceptive credit-card add-on marketing practices, which affected about 7 million consumer accounts. One example of a credit card add-on is Citibank’s “Credit Protector,” which […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | No Comments »


We Told the Regulators What’s On Our Mind—Now It’s Your Turn

Back in August, we blogged that with Covered California’s 2015 health insurance premium announcement it was “time to do our research.” And for the past month, that’s what we’ve done—along with filing two comment letters with the Department of Managed Healthcare. Although the overall rates are the smallest health insurance increases in California proposed in […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


Which fast food chains serve meat on drugs? A new report grades restaurants on their meat and poultry antibiotic policies

By Trisha Calvo, cross-posted from Consumer Reports.  Several fast food chains have made headlines recently announcing that they’ll stop serving meat raised with antibiotics, but a new report from Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, and five other organizations finds that 20 of the 25 top restaurant chains have made no commitment to […]

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Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | 31 Comments »


CFPB and New York Department of Financial Services Sue Pension Advance Lenders

By Conor Laing Once again, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action to protect consumers from shady lenders. Last month, the CFPB and the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) filed a formal complaint against two California-based firms – Pension Funding, LLC, and Pension Income, LLC, along with three of their employees – for […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, September 11th, 2015 | 5 Comments »


Safe Patient Project Director Makes Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare”

Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, was recognized in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 2015 list. We couldn’t be more proud of Lisa and her accomplishments. “This recognition is well-deserved and long overdue,” said Consumer Reports President & CEO Marta Tellado. “Lisa has been a tireless leader in the […]

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Posted by Daniela Nunez on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 | 1 Comment »


New Data from the CFPB Highlights Credit Reporting Complaints

Over the last few years, Consumers Union has received over a thousand stories from consumers about their problems with credit reports and scores. Many consumers have told us that they found errors on their credit reports, and struggled to get them corrected. Despite some real strides in recent months, including a major settlement over credit […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 | No Comments »


Consumers Union Supports SB 350, Touts Consumer and Public Health Benefits

Consumers Union sent the following letter in support of SB 350, which sets the 50-50-50 target to boost clean energy and efficiency in our homes and transportation. Re: SUPPORT for SB 350 (De León and Leno) Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 Dear Senator de León: Consumers Union reiterates its strong support for […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Monday, August 24th, 2015 | 4 Comments »


The Truth About Car Insurance

Are you getting taken for a ride? If you drive a car and buy auto insurance, here’s a “don’t miss” special report from Consumer Reports. This in-depth two-year investigation is based on 2 billion price quotes involving 700 insurance companies in every ZIP code across the country. There is a lot of great information (all […]

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Posted by Norma Garcia on Friday, August 7th, 2015 | 13 Comments »


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