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2022

April

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  • Medicare Advantage plans often deny needed care. Every year, tens of thousands of people enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans are denied necessary care that should be covered under the program, federal investigators concluded in a report. Advantage plans also refused to
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  • Find out and fix what big data says about you. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau maintains a list of consumer reporting agencies that’s currently 38 pages long. In addition to the big three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — the list includes 22
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  • Aging in place easier with smart home technology. Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating “things that are a pain or difficult to do,” says Michael Miller, author of “My Smart Home for Seniors.” Tech advances also

March

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February

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January

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2022. Start 2022 right with Consumer Action's INSIDER newsletter. Learn about what we are up to with the goal of improving consumer protections and consumer rights.

2021

December

30
  • Ban on surprise medical bills starts this week. If you are having a medical emergency and go to an urgent care center or emergency room, you can’t be charged more than the cost sharing you are accustomed to for in-network services.
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  • Many home insurance premiums are rising. Across the country, homeowners renewing their policies are discovering that rising material costs, supply chain disruptions and climate change are combining to drive premiums up by an average 4 percent to an average annual premium of $1,398,

November

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October

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  • What to know when it’s time to enroll in Medicare. Just like aging, enrolling in Medicare ain’t for sissies Whether you are enrolling in Medicare for the first time or changing your coverage during annual open enrollment, there are many complex decisions to
  • Medicare Issue (Fall 2021). The Fall 2021 issue of Consumer Action News dives into the many choices that newly eligible Medicare recipients have to make. Not being prepared with those decisions by your 65th birthday could leave you without the best coverage or open you up to long-term penalties. Read on to learn about your plan options and what key deadlines to be aware of.
  • Medicare Issue (Fall 2021). The Fall 2021 issue of Consumer Action News dives into the many choices that newly eligible Medicare recipients have to make. Not being prepared with those decisions by your 65th birthday could leave you without the best coverage or open you up to long-term penalties. Read on to learn about your plan options and what key deadlines to be aware of.
  • Medicare Issue (Fall 2021). The Fall 2021 issue of Consumer Action News dives into the many choices that newly eligible Medicare recipients have to make. Not being prepared with those decisions by your 65th birthday could leave you without the best coverage or open you up to long-term penalties. Read on to learn about your plan options and what key deadlines to be aware of.
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  • Hearing aids without a prescription or an exam?. A long-awaited Food and Drug Administration proposal would allow millions of consumers to buy over-the-counter hearing aids in stores or online without a prescription or medical exam.  The agency’s proposal would create
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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2021. In this month's edition, we report on our upcoming 50th anniversary events, warn rental car customers about the often unexpected cost of tolls, highlight recent coalition efforts and CFPB activities, and alert readers to a class action suit against Wells Fargo for unrefunded GAP fees.

September

21
  • Medicare should be able to negotiate drug prices. For far too long, the pharmaceutical industry has dictated who in America has access to the medicines they need for their health and well-being.  The industry’s unchecked power to set and keep
 

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