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You can order free covid tests from the federal government today, one day early

The website, covidtests.gov, where Americans can order four free covid-19 tests is up and running Tuesday, one day early. To help ensure people have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden administration is purchasing one billion at-home, rapid covid-19 tests. Read more →


Best wishes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was such a transformational leader. Over the years, I’ve written more than a dozen articles for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They included his most famous quotes, how a day to celebrate King was finally approved, and how it’s a day of service, not a day off. Read more →


Credit bureau complaints jump to more than half of those filed with the CFPB

Hundreds of thousands of consumers are having problems getting credit bureaus to correct their credit reports, an analysis by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. Consumers submitted more than 700,000 complaints to the CFPB about Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion from January 2020 through September 2021. Read more →


Progress made in public health, climate, and consumer protection during 2021, consumer group says

Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues. Read more →


Vyera Pharmaceuticals to pay $40 million for raising price on life-saving drug more than 4,000%

Vyera Pharmaceuticals and a former CEO, Kevin Mulleady, entered into an agreement Tuesday with the New York Attorney General’s Office to end anticompetitive behavior in the pricing of a drug to treat toxoplasmosis. The agreement also requires the company to pay up to $40 million and bans Mulleady from the pharmaceutical industry for seven years. Read more →


Do research carefully before you buy or switch to a Medicare Advantage plan during open enrollment for 2022

It’s that time of year again. Advertisements for Medicare Advantage plans are flooding my mailbox and email. I’m even getting phone calls about the plans. And, every time I turn on the TV, there’s another ad about Medicare Advantage, with infomercials to be tolerated, too. Read more →


Learn about senior financial abuse during National Family Caregivers Month

Up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is at least $36.5 billion. A guide to help family members and friends of people living in nursing homes and assisted living learn how to prevent and report elder financial abuse is available from the CFPB. Read more →


Facts and figures for Labor Day 2021

What are your plans for Labor Day this year? Americans are more confident about celebrating Labor Day in 2021, with 48 percent more people planning to travel and 24 percent more planning to go shopping, according to a survey conducted for WalletHub, a personal finance website. Read more →


Today is Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is on March 24 this year, a date that marks how far into the year women need to work to earn the same as men did in the previous year. It was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. Read more →