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Auto loan complaints rise in pandemic

Consumer alerts

Auto loan complaints rise in pandemic

Purchasing a car is a minefield for consumers at even the best of times. Tricks and traps in the auto marketplace can leave consumers paying more for a car than they should — or, worse, to being victimized by predatory and abusive practices by auto dealers and lenders. Even before COVID-19, consumers buying or leasing a vehicle frequently faced scams, high-pressure sales tactics, and other problems.

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Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages

COVID-19

Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages

Thousands of nursing homes nationwide are dealing with horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. And seven months into this pandemic, the shortages have actually become much worse.

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Is your mortgage forbearance ending?

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Is your mortgage forbearance ending?

If you’re one of the 3.6 million homeowners in forbearance and entered a program in March when Congress passed a law protecting homeowners, your initial six-month forbearance will end in a few weeks.

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How Safe Is Our Food?

Food & farming

How Safe Is Our Food?

Americans rely on a vast network of farms, slaughterhouses and manufacturers to provide safe food every day. In 2019 alone, high-profile recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks linked to flour, chicken strips and romaine lettuce reveal that more action is necessary to protect public health.

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How Safe Is Our Food?

Food & farming

How Safe Is Our Food?

Americans rely on a vast network of farms and businesses to provide safe food daily. But in recent years, a string of high-profile recalls ranging from romaine lettuce to millions of pounds of beef to Ritz and Goldfish crackers have called into question the system developed to ensure safe food reaches people’s plates. The ubiquity of the problem can make grocery shopping a game of Russian roulette where what a family has for dinner could make them seriously sick.

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Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs

Right to repair

Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs

Cost containment is is a critical first step in addressing the deep faults in our health care system - it's hard to image fixing problems of access if we continue to be charged $15 for a Tylenol pill or $1,000 for a toothbrush. It turns out that overpriced equipment repair helps add to those inflated costs.

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