Consumer Protection

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

Plan to cut health care waste moves ahead in Oregon

Members of the Oregon Health Policy Board approved a plan to cut health care administrative waste and save Oregonians $100 million per year in the process.

Wall Street reforms a step in the right direction

On Wednesday, July 21, President Obama signed The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which contains the most comprehensive reforms to the American financial system since the Great Depression.

The End of Free Checking

Bank of America recently announced that it plans to add fees to checking accounts, which some say is the beginning of the end for 'free checking' in the U.S.

 

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