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Health Care Transparency: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Information,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

As health care costs rise, consumers need more information about cost and quality of service.  This report examines the health care cost/quality information currently available from tools sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the characteristics of effective tools, and current federal efforts to improve the tools.  From the Government Accountability Office


A Snapshot of Debt Collection Complaints Submitted by Older Consumers

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

Provides an overview of the types of complaints regarding debt collection submitted by older Americans to the federal government from July 2013 to September 2014.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Various Tax Benefits Increase in 2015 Due to Inflation Adjustments

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Finance,Taxes,-Various-Tax-Benefits-Increase-Due-to-Inflation-Adjustments

Agency press release announcing figures for 2015 tax year for tax brackets, standard deductions, exemptions and more.  From the Internal Revenue Service


GM Crops and Regulation

Summarizes the evidence to date on the impact of genetically modified crops on human health and the environment, describes recent technological developments, and examines their likely consequences for proposed reforms of GM regulation.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Revision of the Nutrition Facts Label: Proposed Rules

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations

Provides an overview of the importance of food labeling as a response to the U.S. obesity crisis, the proposed changes to current food nutrition labels proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, and the health significance of these proposed changes.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


FTC Says AT&T Has Misled Millions of Consumers with Unlimited Data Promises

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

Agency press release which describes AT&T’s alleged data-throttling actions against customers with unlimited data plans.  Includes a link to the text of the Complaint for Permanent Injunction filed against AT&T.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Ebola Virus Disease: Information for U.S. Healthcare Workers

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

A series of information files on such topics as infection prevention and control, guidance on using personal protective equipment, and ebola-associated medical waste management.  From the Health Resources and Services Administration


Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Women

Describes which screening tests are needed, when to get them, which medicines may prevent disease, and other steps women can take for good health.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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