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Consumers Council of Missouri

Consumers Council of Missouri works to educate consumers and advocate for issues such as fair utility rates, health care access, personal finance and others as they arise.

 

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St. Louis petitions state politicians to restore net neutrality

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality, a set of regulations intended to protect internet users. Now, leaders of eight St. Louis co-working spaces are calling on Missouri congressional lawmakers to join national efforts that could reverse the commission’s decision. Their call came Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Ed. Markey, D-Mass., filed a petition that woul ...

Will a governor's scandal upend ratemaking reform?

Each of the past two years, a filibuster by a few state senators in the final days of the legislative session stymied a utility-backed ratemaking bill in Missouri. This year, the utility bill survived a 22-hour Senate filibuster in February (Energywire, Feb. 12). Now the question is what happens in the final days of a legislative session that has been consumed by the scandal enveloping Gov. Eric ...

Utilities and Opponents are Playing Hardball with Rate Reform

by the Editorial Board for the St. Louis Post-DispatcthAmeren Missouri’s cherished rate-reform bill, which has sat dormant in the Missouri House since being passed by the state Senate in mid-February, is meeting 11th-hour challenges — and a threat to force full disclosure of all the money spent to pass it. Missouri consumers’ best hope is for Senate Bill 564 to die before the legis ...

Missouri House Moves Meaningless Reform on Payday Lending Forward

Today the Missouri House Financial Institutions Committee passed a bill that purports to regulate payday lending in several ways – some of which appear to be beneficial to consumers. However, HB 2657 currently lacks the real regulatory changes the state of Missouri needs to protect its citizens. In fact, passage of this bill leaves Missouri far behind the regulation of all of our surrounding sta ...

Missouri Policies Allow Consumers to Be Overcharged for Drugs

Jefferson City -- Believe it or not, generic medicines can be less expensive than co-pays, making them cheaper to buy outright than with insurance - but your pharmacist may be banned from telling you that. The cost difference doesn’t go to the pharmacist, it doesn’t go to the drug manufacturer, it goes to the middleman: the drug benefit manager. That payback is called a clawback. Clawbacks ...

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