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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Establishing or replenishing your emergency savings
Establishing or replenishing your emergency savings

Many consumers went into the COVID-19 crisis with little or no savings, while others depleted theirs trying to stay afloat after losing their jobs. This guide covers the purpose of, and target balance for, an emergency fund, what to consider when choosing where to keep your fund, tips and inspiration to help you reach your goal, and a list of some FinTech tools that can help savers get and stay on track.

 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Telemedicine: What to know about virtual doctor visits
Telemedicine: What to know about virtual doctor visits

The pandemic has driven non-urgent doctor visits online to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. As more people receive medical care remotely, via a smartphone, tablet or computer, it’s important to understand when and how virtual visits might be an option, whether they’re covered under private and government-sponsored health plans, and what privacy issues they raise.

 

Monday, December 07, 2020

Friends in need this holiday season? Share our COVID-19 Resources
Friends in need this holiday season? Share our COVID-19 Resources

The holidays aren’t bright for everyone. Share our COVID-19 Resource Guide.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Educational Project: Consumer resources for tough times
COVID-19 Educational Project: Consumer resources for tough times

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, public and private resources are becoming available to help deal with lost wages, illness and school closures. Consumer Action will post news and new resources as they come on line.

 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Class actions: Are you eligible to claim some money?
Class actions: Are you eligible to claim some money?

Consumer Action maintains this listing of notable class actions so that interested consumers can learn more, join a pending action or make a claim. You can sort the listing three ways—actions or settlements that are (1) open to claims, (2) pending or (3) closed—or use the calendar to search for upcoming claims deadlines.

 

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers

Qualifying low-income workers can get money from back from the Earned Income Tax Credit (up to $6,557!) even if they don’t owe any taxes—but you must file a tax return in order to claim the credit, even if your income is so low that you normally wouldn’t file. Don’t miss out! For more information, including where to get free tax prep assistance, read Consumer Action’s Get Credit for Your Hard Work, available (free) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

 

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Learn more about all types of health insurance
Learn more about all types of health insurance

This module covers all types of health insurance—individual coverage purchased on or off the Health Insurance Marketplace or provided by government programs such as Medicaid, employer-sponsored health plans, and Medicare—as well as options for those who do not have access to coverage due to eligibility or affordability constraints.

 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Our new annual report is available!
Our new annual report is available!

Consumer Action’s annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, records the organization’s efforts, activities, accomplishments and partnerships. It also highlights vital statistics about our work, discloses budget and funding information, highlights community-based organizations in our network, and lists staff and board members. Click here

 

Monday, December 16, 2019

SCAM GRAM: Knock-off makeup ingredients are not pretty
SCAM GRAM: Knock-off makeup ingredients are not pretty

The December 2019 issue of SCAM GRAM discusses a new docuseries called “Broken” as well as other scam and fraud related articles and tips.

 

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Know a SCAM when you see it: Read SCAM GRAM
Know a SCAM when you see it: Read SCAM GRAM

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