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Effect of Health Insurance Merger Concerns Local Consumer Advocates

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 11, 2015 A proposed merger between two health insurance giants is drawing concerns around the country and in Missouri, as some fear the consolidation could leave older adults in the state with fewer choices for health care. Earlier this month, Aetna Inc. announced it would acquire Humana Inc. for about $37 billion, a combination that would produce the nation’s second-largest health insurer, just behind UnitedHealth Group Inc. Spurred on by the ...

Consumers to Senator Blunt: Save Lives, Lead Effort to Pass Rental Car Safety Bill

ST. LOUIS, Mo (July 10, 2015) – Consumers Council of Missouri is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling unsafe, recalled vehicles to the public until the safety defects have been repaired.  A key vote over rental car safety is expected next Wednesday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. CCM is also asking Sen. Blunt to reject a bill being offered by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., ...

CCM’s Cause: Fair Health Insurance Rates

Recent media reports take note of Consumers Council of Missouri's work on behalf of consumers buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  CCM is spearheading the effort to review proposed rates before they go into effect. Health Insurance Costs to Rise, But How Much Depends on State KBIA, July 8, 2015 The cost of health insurance premiums - the amount you pay each month for your plan -  will likely go up in 2016. If state governments approve insurers’ proposed hike ...

Medical Companies Pay $72 Million to Doctors in Missouri Over 17 Months

KBIA Radio, July 8, 2015 Financial disclosures aren’t just for political candidates. New data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that Missouri doctors received at least $71.9 million from medical device and drug companies in 2014 and the latter half of 2013. Illinois doctors pulled in $104 million during that same time period, many of whom hail from the Chicago area. The statewide totals were compiled in a searchable database by ProPublica, a non ...

Payday Lender Among First Businesses to Reopen on West Florissant in Ferguson

KMOX, July 1, 2015 While many businesses in Ferguson have still not re-opened, Pay Day Loans was quick to open their doors. They have three locations along West Florissant. Jacqueline Hutchinson is Board Chair for Missouri Consumers Council and says that this is typical from predators. “We know that the rates for Pay Day Loans can be as much as 1,400 percent as compared to if you borrowed the money from a bank,” says Hutchinson. She says that there needs to be legislati ...

CCM Aids National Campaign for Consumer Safety in Rental, Used Cars

CCM has been working closely with a national group, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), urging St. Louis's Enterprise Leasing to stop fighting a federal bill to prevent rental car companies from renting recalled cars until they are repaired.  Now we learn the problem extends to used cars on dealers' lots - in St. Louis! New: Unrepaired Recalled Cars for Sale on Used Car Lots - in St. Louis! NBC's Today Show recently went undercover and found auto dealers lying a ...

KCP&L Seeks Extreme Increases in Customer Charge, Electric Rates

Customers May Voice Opposition at Upcoming Hearings KCP&L 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. Raising the usage rate f ...

Consumers Council of Missouri Offers Health Insurance Rate Review Guide

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.  The state of Missouri has no law requiring health insurance companies to even file their rates much less have them reviewed or analyzed. The federal Affordable Care Act provides that the Department of Health and Human Services do rate review in states that ha ...

Wise Up on Payday Loans

Two Videos Give Good, Basic Information on Predatory Lending Two short videos produced by The Pew Charitable Trusts lay out the issues about short-term, cash loans in plain language.  Click here. ...

Op Ed: Bipartisan Bill Protecting Ticket Buyers Should Be Welcome in Missouri

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. Restricted ticketing, dubbed “ ...

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