Press Releases

Announcements from Consumers Council of Missouri and other related articles.


2022 Building Equity and Healthy Communities Fundraiser and Award Ceremony

Consumers Council held a celebratory fundraiser, panel discussion, and award ceremony on November 13, 2022 at the Ethical Society of St Louis. The Alberta Slavin Award was presented to two individuals who have shown a distinctive commitment to protecting the interests of consumers: Jay Hardenbrook, Missouri AARP Advocacy Director and Chaplain Will Jordan, J.D., Executive Director of the Metropolitan St Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (“EHOC”). The Community Engagement...

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For immediate release                                                  Contact: Andrew Linhares, Renew Missouri March 15, 2022                                                   , (314) 471-9973 ADVOCATES PUSHED BACK AGAINST AMEREN MISSOURI’S RATE INCREASE TO SECURE EXPANSIONS OF LOW-INCOME PROGRAMS, OTHER PRIORITIES St. Louis, MO – Two recent orders from the Missouri Public Service Commission helped mitigate the impact of Ameren Missouri’s recent rate increase for...

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CCM, a SLEHCRA member, Woodstock & NCRC oppose merger application

SLEHCRA, The Woodstock Institute and NCRC Oppose First Mid and Jefferson Banks’ Merger Application

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Gas Rates Go Down and Low Income Residents Get Bill Assistance.

For Immediate Release Contact: Cara Spencer, executive director of Consumers Council of Missouri 314-556-7379   Gas Rates Go Down and Low Income Residents Get Bill Assistance. Jefferson City — The Missouri Public Service Commission just approved Spire’s new natural gas rates – effective April 19 – and your monthly gas bill will actually decrease, with the savings varying cross the state. Last year, Laclede Gas Company (Spire’s Eastern Missouri territory) requested an increase of...

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Corporate Tax Break Reduces Utility Bills in Many States, MO?

JEFFERSON CITY / ST. LOUIS — January 22, 2018 Consumers Council of Missouri is calling for the state of Missouri to take swift action to evaluate and the pass through to consumers the hundreds of millions of dollars utility companies will enjoy following the passage of the new tax law. Current utility rates are calculated based on a corporate tax of 35%, a rate which was just dropped by a whopping 40%.   Electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon, Arizona and other...

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The MO Exchange: Steep Rate Hikes Expected

Proposed rates for the 2018 Missouri health insurance exchange were released on Friday by the Missouri Department of Insurance. While the Department and our state’s carriers both deserve credit for ensuring that all counties in MO have ACA coverage, this comes at significant cost. Requested increases average between 35 and 42% according to a review by the Department and as reported here. What makes these increases even worse is that they come with compromised transparency to the general...

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Public Access to Health Insurance Rates Postponed in MO

The annual review of health insurance rates helps to protect consumers from insurance companies unjustly increasing rates on premiums. Federal regulations specify that 2018 health insurance rates must be made public by August 1 to facilitate this review process but the Missouri Department of Insurance has postponed public access of these filings in our state to September 1, 2017. With all the activity on the national level regarding the future of subsidies and the last-minute addition of...

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