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New CFPB Report Brings Attention to Concerns about Bank Accounts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – in addition to its equally important regulatory and supervision work – collects and investigates complaints from consumers about financial products and services and regularly reports back to consumers about the most-complained about issues. The CFPB recently released its latest report, which shines a light on complaints about bank […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, September 9th, 2016 | 4 Comments »

New CAFE standards help consumers save big

Since 2012 when the current fuel economy rules were put into place, new cars and trucks have made great progress in boosting fuel efficiency. Now, federal and state officials are hoping to build on this progress by finalizing new standards for model years 2022-2025. Meeting the standards requires automakers to adopt new technologies. So the […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 | 24 Comments »

Correcting the Record on Fuel Economy Standards

Automakers and regulators are on track to significantly improve fuel economy for passenger cars and trucks by 2025. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a technical report that looked at the technologies automakers might use to meet the 2025 fuel economy standards. The report found that: Automakers […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Consumers Benefit from Efficient Appliances

It’s hot out there, and summer cooling bills can make your temperature rise even further. Fortunately, there’s good news for consumers buying new air conditioners—improvements in efficiency will help keep you cool at a lower cost. And the savings from efficiency goes beyond air conditioners– refrigerators, microwaves, water heaters, washers and dryers exist in nearly […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Air Ambulance Flights Leave Many with Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills

When patients need to be airlifted to medical care in an emergency, the first priority is getting them to a provider as quickly as possible. As a result, patients don’t always know who is going to pick them up, or if the air ambulance is in their health plan’s network. That can end up leading […]

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Posted by Angela Perry on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Breaking Barriers: Helping Low-to-Moderate Income Families Go Solar

Solar power is a growing industry that provides clean energy and can result in big savings on monthly energy bills. But not everyone can easily reap the benefits of solar power. Low-to-moderate income families struggle with many barriers that prevent them from going solar. Some of these barriers include: Large upfront costs Lack of access […]

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Posted by Danielle Blustein on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

New Report Finds Automakers Are on Track to meet Higher Fuel Economy Targets

The Obama Administration is moving forward with plans to significantly boost the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks by 2025. Through the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program, automakers will be required to raise their fleet-wide fuel economy average by about 10 miles per gallon. For consumers, this means that the average efficiency for a […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

The CFPB’s 5th Anniversary: 5 Ways The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Helps Consumers

On July 21st, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is celebrating its five year anniversary! The CFPB was created by Congress during the financial crisis to ensure that consumers are treated fairly in the financial marketplace. Over the years, the CFPB has expanded its role to protect consumers in all financial sectors. Consumers Union advocated […]

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Posted by Danielle Blustein on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | 1 Comment »

CFPB Fines Santander $10 Million for Tricking Consumers into Overdraft Fees

Overdraft “protection” sounds a lot better than it really is. It’s really just a high cost, short term loan – one recent CPFB report even compared it to a 17,000% APR loan. Recognizing the problems with overdraft, since 2010 the federal government has required banks to get affirmative consent from consumers before signing them up for overdraft fees […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Missouri Demands Insurers ‘Show Me’ Evidence for Raising Health Insurance Premiums

Missouri recently enacted the Missouri Health Insurance Rate Transparency Act, which gives the state’s insurance regulator the job of reviewing proposed health insurance rates before consumers get the bill. This process, known as “rate review,” is a key consumer protection required by the Affordable Care Act. This law is an important step in the right […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

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