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How medical debt happens – and what you can do to avoid it

This open enrollment season, Consumers Union is working to give consumers the tools they need to sign up for a health insurance plan that suits their needs. Countless consumers have told us that their plan didn’t cover their bills when they needed it most – causing them to fall into medical debt. According to a […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Wrapping up 2014, more companies announce meat raised without antibiotics

A flurry of end-of-year activity has made December a notable month for corporate announcements regarding meat raised without antibiotics.   Check out the companies that made headlines this month: Carl’s Jr. became the first major fast food chain to add an “All-Natural” burger to its menu, which is raised without antibiotics, hormones or steroids and is […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, December 29th, 2014 | No Comments »


From Strip to Chip: New Payment Cards Are Coming

Your payment cards may look different in 2015. Card issuers are rolling out cards with smart chip (also known as EMV) technology. The chips – little gold micro processors that are built into the card (see picture) – make payment cards more secure, but consumers will have to adapt in order to use them. The […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »


Another Day, Another Data Breach

What to Do If You Recently Shopped at Staples or bebe Have you shopped at bebe or Staples recently? If the answer is yes, your payment card information could be at risk. Both chains confirmed security breaches in which crooks are suspected of stealing customers’ payment card information. After data breaches such these, consumers are […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »


Sham Alert: CFPB Sues to Stop Business “Built on Duping Consumers”

A red-hot Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking on another bad actor. The latest: a lawsuit against a company that allegedly tricks consumers into signing-up for what they may think is a use-anywhere credit card but is in fact a paper membership card that can only be used to buy from the company, Union […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 | No Comments »


CU and Others Urge Feds to Protect Students During Sale of For-Profit College Campuses

Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit college chain that operates Heald, Everest and WyoTech campuses, has made the headlines a lot lately for their financial troubles and questionable college programs – not to mention being sued by the CFPB recently for its student loan practices.  Now they’re poised to sell 56 of their failing campuses – but […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 | No Comments »


CFPB Sues Sprint for Mobile “Cramming” Charges

Sprint customers, rejoice:  if you’ve been getting annoying little charges on your mobile phone bill, for stuff you didn’t ask for, you may be getting relief.  Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it’s suing Sprint for illegally billing wireless consumers tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges. According to the […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 | No Comments »


Conceding the GMO labeling ballot initiative – a message to Oregonians

The Yes on Measure 92 ends campaign efforts today, neither discouraged nor defeated in this growing movement to label genetically engineered foods. Oregonians, you stood up for what you believed in – the right to know what you’re eating – and stood up to the deep pockets and half-truths of the chemical and manufactured food […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | No Comments »


Consumers Union urges California commission to be on the lookout for oil price manipulation

California Energy Commission Petroleum Market Advisory Committee 1516 Ninth Street Sacramento, California 95814 Re:  Request to closely monitor oil markets in January 2015 Dear Chairman Weisenmiller, Prof. Sweeney and other Advisory Committee members: Consumers Union (CU), the policy arm of Consumer Reports, encourages the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee to closely review data for signs of […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Monday, December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »


Metal Matters

When you’re choosing between health plans, don’t just look at the premium. We previously wrote about all the elements of a plan that contribute to its total cost. Plans in the individual market are divided into metal tiers like the Olympic medals, from bronze up to platinum. For consumers at certain income levels, the plan’s […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Monday, December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »


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