Consumer Protection

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

10 Reasons We Need The CFPB Now

This report outlines predatory financial practices that hurt consumers and helped collapse the economy, and details “10 Reasons We Need The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Now.”

Regence Rate Hike Cut Down to 12.8%

By | Matt Orchant
Fellow

Some decent news for health insurance consumers today. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) issued their much-awaited decision on Regence BlueCross BlueShield's proposal to raise rates over 22% on nearly 60,000 Oregonians.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is proposing to raise rates an average of 22% on 60,000 Oregonians. This is the fifth straight year of double-digit rate hikes. But this year, something interesting is happening.

The Oregonian and health care costs

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

If you haven't seen the Oregonian's editorial on the Senate's health insurance exchange bill, it's worth a read. Unfortunately, the Oregon Senate decided to prohibit the exchange from negotiating with insurance companies to get consumers a better deal (which I'm sure insurers are happy about.)

Holding health insurers accountable for costs

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

What if health insurance companies had to stand before the public and clearly justify their rate hikes?

For Health Net Customers

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

If you are a Health Net customer, you may have received a notice in the mail this week. If you did, we urge you to open it.

Report | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Recipe for Disaster

To assess one cost of not strengthening our food safety system, Consumer Federation of America, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group studied recalls of foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from August 1, 2009, to October 2010. That study found that a wide variety of foods were recalled in the 13-month period due to contamination by Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and other bacteria.

Q&A: WTF is up with Overdraft Changes?

I haven't been keeping a close eye on the national debate about reforming banks' outrageous overdraft fees, so when a letter arrived from my credit union this month saying something about the overdraft laws changing, my main response was... what? I

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