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July 2019

Latest scam: Medicare will give you a free DNA test kit in exchange for your personal information

Callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information in exchange for DNA test kits. The callers may say the test is a free way to get early diagnoses for diseases such as cancer. Read more →


CVS-Aetna merger harmful to patients, consumer advocates tell the judge

Photo: JJBers CVS-Aetna lawyers, consumer advocates, and health care organizations gathered Thursday in Washington, D.C., for oral arguments on whether the Department of Justice’s proposed final judgment in the CVS-Aetna merger is in the public interest. U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which filed a friend of the court brief with... Read more →


New rule that allows nursing homes to force residents into arbitration puts seniors at risk

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a rule Wednesday that will allow nursing homes to force a resident into arbitration if they have a dispute. Now, nursing homes can enforce agreements in which residents sign away their right to access the court system. Read more →


Smoke alarms recalled by Universal Security Instruments due to failure to alert consumers to a fire

Universal Security Instruments is recalling about 180,000 battery powered smoke and fire alarms. The smoke alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. Read more →


Watch out for flood-damaged used vehicles in the Washington, D.C., area

With a Monday storm, which released a month’s worth of rain in an hour, flood damaged vehicles in the Washington, D.C., area could run in the hundreds. Because of the technology found in today’s vehicles, it’s critical that you avoid getting stuck with one of these lemons. Read more →


Debt settlement company agrees to pay $25 million in action by CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB announced the settlement of a lawsuit Tuesday it had brought against Freedom Debt Relief, the nation’s largest debt settlement company. The company agreed to pay $20 million in restitution to affected consumers and a $5 million civil penalty. The original suit was filed... Read more →


Trump brags about his administration’s environmental accomplishments while he repeals important safeguards

At White House event Monday, President Donald Trump touted his administration’s environmental record while at the same time repealing the Clean Power Plan, which had put the first national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Trump’s touting of his administration’s pristine environmental record is nothing short of nonsense, said... Read more →


Bloggers are thinking about vacationing, shopping, surviving earthquakes, and finding contentment

Last week was the Fourth of July, and so it shouldn't surprise anyone that bloggers had their minds on vacations. But, then, finding joy was among their writings, too. Topics include: saving money on meals during a vacation, dealing with summer safety issues, including fireworks, and more. Read more →