ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 19, 2015 -- Consumers Council of Missouri has released it guide to helping Missourians review health insurance rates in order to make an important aspect of health care more transparent and accountable.
Columbia Daily Tribune, April 26, 2015
By Carl Bearden and Tracy McCreery
From very different perspectives, we — a former Republican state representative and current director of United for Missouri, and a Democratic state representative and board member of Consumers Council of Missouri — share a concern over practices in the live event ticketing industry that affect thousands of sports and entertainment fans in Missouri: restricted ticketing.
Customers May Voice Opposition at Upcoming Hearings
KCPL customers face a whopping 177 percent rate increase in their monthly customer charge if the electric utility gets its way before the Missouri Public Service Commission. In the rate case, which starts with public hearings on Tuesday, April 21, the utility wants to increase the charge to $25 per month from $9 per month. The company is asking also for a 15.8 percent increase in the usage rate.
The New York Times, March 26, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency created at President Obama’s urging in the aftermath of the financial crisis, took its most aggressive step yet on behalf of consumers on Thursday, proposing regulations to rein in short-term payday loans that often have interest rates of 400 percent or more.
NBC News, November 24, 2014: There are more payday lenders in the U.S. than McDonald's or Starbucks, reflecting economic conditions in which fast money is even more important than fast food.
Inside Health Policy, November 20, 2014: The federal government's release of information about how much Missourians will pay in premiums for the Affordable Care Act next year is too little too late, the head of Consumers Council of Missouri says. The data show that many of the increases in premiums exceed the the national average.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 29, 2014: A local effort to increase the availability of banking services to minority and low-income households appears to be gaining traction, according to the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Jefferson City News Tribune, October 6, 2014: The Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, or FERAF, thinks the Missouri Public Service Commission got it wrong last week.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 6, 2014: All Americans are entitled to the information they need to make informed and critical decisions about health care. Hiding it won’t hide the truth: President Barack Obama’s signature health care achievement is working.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 2, 2014: A Missouri consumer advocacy group is suing the federal government in an attempt to force the public disclosure of health insurance rate information ahead of the upcoming enrollment period.