ConnPIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Patients can be asked to consent to out-of-network care from certain providers under the No Surprises Act. That could be an expensive decision.

PIRG advocates met with federal lawmakers and their aides from April 6-8 to make the case for a suite of transportation solutions.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Consumers increasingly are using digital peer-to-peer payment (P2P) apps for convenience. However, that convenience can quickly turn to inconvenience as the result of these apps’ often-confusing design, poor customer service and propensity for being used for scams and fraud. The number of written complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) about these apps and other financial tools in the “mobile or digital wallet” category has skyrocketed in recent years, reaching new heights in 2021.

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From a win in the New York Senate, to a new bill in Congress: A roundup of news on Right to Repair

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

In light of some of these newer cons, here is actionable information to help you avoid the aggravation, time and financial losses that come with sophisticated scams.

Without access to digital repair software, farmers are too often forced to send their machines to authorized dealers for fixes.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

We’re backing legislation to prevent the billionaire Sackler family from using the corporate bankruptcy of its company Purdue Pharma (makers of Oxycontin and other opioids) to avoid personal liability in ongoing lawsuits by some 24 state Attorneys General attempting to bring some justice to the families of the victims of the opioid crisis. Congress held a hearing Tuesday, June 8 at noon ET.

Replacing the nation's lead service lines would protect children from lead exposure.

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Mark Morgenstein
Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network

You never know what a hurricane will unearth

Target agreed on May 5 to set a goal for eliminating virgin plastic from its private brand packaging for fast-moving goods.