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Watchdogs scramble to keep up with COVID-19 scams, fraud

“It seems like every day … a new scam pops up,” says Katie Conner, a spokesperson for the Arizona Attorney General. “And we are really trying to stay ahead and get these warnings out there.” ... Read more»

Safety agency probes data breach amid complaints about muzzling disclosure of hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission improperly informed some members of the public about potentially risky merchandise without first getting approval from the industry it regulates. ... Read more»

Consumer Reports on healthcare.gov

GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy falsely claimed Consumer Reports warned “Americans not to go to the [HealthCare.gov] website because of the fear of having fraud.” The consumer advocate initially advised people to wait until the website’s many technical problems were worked out, but it told us that its advice “was not in reference to any concerns regarding fraud.”... Read more»

Three things to know before buying a health plan -- and where to find them

Consumers shopping for coverage in new online markets for health insurance will be able to see what plans are offered in their area, how much they will cost per month, what their annual deductibles are and whether their families might qualify for federal subsidies or Medicaid. But they should consider at least several other factors before making their decisions, which may take a little effort to ferret out. ... Read more»

Bare-bones insurance plans expected to survive health law

Consumer Reports calls it “junk health insurance.” A California regulator described them as “skeleton policies.” To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they “are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.” They are bare-bones health plans, and critics say they could leave consumers who become seriously ill on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to do away with them.... Read more»