Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Published 2:52 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Photo: /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The HealthCare.gov website main page. The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obamacare for consumers struggling with high premiums. But the policies don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions and benefits are limited. It’s not certain if that’s going to translate into broad consumer appeal among people who need an individual policy. less The HealthCare.gov website main page. The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obamacare for consumers struggling with high ... more Photo: /Associated Press … [Read more...] about Consumers getting more options for short-term health plans
Auto-sales scams and home-repair ripoffs continue to plague U.S. consumers, but home alarm system sales and solar energy installations are among the newly emerging areas where consumers need to be on alert, according to a Consumer Federation of America survey of local consumer agencies from 23 states. Many of the various scam categories that topped the list of consumer complaints in 2017 involved elderly or disabled individuals, the CFA said. For alarm sales, scammers are sending out letters that look like they come from government agencies warning homeowners that neighborhoods might be unsafe because of the opioid crisis. The letters said the government agency was offering 'free' alarm systems, when in fact the contracts are loaded with clauses that could drain consumer pockets. "Alarm systems are supposed to protect consumers, but consumers need better protection from rogue alarm companies and salespeople who try to take advantage of them," said Susan Grant, CFA's director of … [Read more...] about Home-alarm ripoffs and solar energy installation scams target more consumers
WASHINGTON — How effective are the UVA and SPF ratings on sunscreens? The answer might surprise you, according to the annual rankings of the best sunscreens by Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that puts more than 5,000 products through a series of tests every year. Consumer Reports finds there are surprises when it comes to the levels of protection advertised and reality. It’s a pattern the organization has seen in previous tests, as well. The report rates 73 sunscreen products ranging from lotions to sticks and sprays. Dermatologists recommend using products with SPF of 30 or higher. The ratings are based on a number of factors: The UVA protection, UVB (SPF) protection and variation from SPF. The variation from SPF rating is a measure of how closely a sunscreen’s tested UVB (SPF) protection matched the SPF advertised on the label. If a sunscreen contained 85 percent or above the labeled SPF it earned an excellent rating, between 70 and 84 percent, a … [Read more...] about Consumer Reports ranks best sunscreens
As a consumer, Reese Mathers is living the dream, according to the testimonials left on websites of businesses across the globe.The clothes always fit perfectly. The business advice was really helpful. The couples massage was relaxing and romantic.But as a writer of online reviews for businesses in Chicago and around the world, Reese appears to be stuck in a bit of a rut.“Two thumbs up,” Mathers wrote in her review on the website for Dependable Flooring in Brunswick, Ga. “If you’re in need of an honest, professional and reliable Flooring Service, then look no further than Dependable Flooring. I’ve relied on the service providers from Dependable Flooring on numerous occasions and have yet to be disappointed.”Reese wrote the same thing for AJ Truck Wash in Summit, Ill.And for RYT Builders, a construction company in the Philippines.And also for The Water Smith, a water treatment company in Chuluota, Fla.In fact, a quick web search of Mathers’ name … [Read more...] about Reese Mathers, the most satisfied consumer in the world?
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — With increasing demand for credit and more people taking part in financial activities, a watchdog is required to protect consumers, a workshop on protection of finance consumers heard in HCM City on April 26. Lê Thị Kim Xuân, head of the Việt Nam Banks Association’s HCM City office, said financial inclusion is a global trend now. But it does not only mean enhancing access to credit but also protecting consumer rights and improving their finance literacy, she said. Many countries have implemented plans to enhance the public’s knowledge of finance and set up a regulator to protect their rights, she said. Though Việt Nam adopted a law on consumer rights protection in 2010, which clearly states the responsibilities of relevant stakeholders in case of consumer complaints, violations remain common, she said. She blamed it on two major factors. Firstly, many consumers remain unaware of their rights due to lack of … [Read more...] about Calls for consumer protection watchdog