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Consumer Action is working on these important issues along with other organizations. If you would like to know more about these issues, please see "More Information" at the end of each article.
 

Postings

Oppose a Washington State ban on telemedicine vision checks and prescription renewals
Consumer Action joined Americans for Vision Care Innovation in a letter to Washington State legislators in opposition to any state bans on "ocular telemedicine"—online vision tests that are useful for eyewear prescription renewals.

Save retirement rule, advocacy groups urge lawmakers
Consumer Action joined its allies in the Save Our Retirement coalition in a letter to Congressional leadership objecting to an effort to roll back Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary protections through a rider on the current spending bill.

Republican tax bill will cost low-to-moderate income taxpayers
Consumer Action and a number of other public interest groups have been active in opposing the Republican tax bill due to its negative impact on low-to-moderate income consumers, particularly homeowners, those looking to become homeowners and those seeking affordable rental housing. The tax bill also undermines community and economic development.

Federal government should not be financing gentrification of low-income neighborhoods
Consumer Action joined legal service offices, housing and consumer credit counseling agencies, base organizing groups and civil rights organizations in expressing strong concerns over the Federal Housing Finance Agency's oversight of Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) and the Federal Home Loan Bank System enabling the displacement of low-income people and people of color.

Consumer advocates keep the heat on multi-level marketing
In 2016, following the FTC's settlement with direct seller Herballife, the commission said it intended to provide additional guidance to the direct selling industry. In anticipation of that guidance, consumer advocates outlined some sound principles that would govern the multilevel marketing industry.

Consumers deserve more control over their credit reports
Consumer, civil rights and advocacy groups wrote to members of Congress to express opposition to the Credit Access and Inclusion Act (HR 435). This legislation, if enacted, would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

Bill would damage credit scores of million of consumers
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Law Center and other organizations in opposition to HR 435—legislation that would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

Updates needed to protect servicemembers from debt collectors
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Law Center and other groups in a letter to the House and Senate armed forces committees urging updated rules to protect servicemembers from predatory practices by companies that seek to take advantage of them as a result of their uniforms.

Do not exempt mortgage lenders from reporting on underserved communities
Groups oppose legislation that would exempt certain lenders from reporting on closed-end mortgage loans if the depository institution originated fewer than 1,000 such loans in each of the two preceding years.

Advocates call on Congress do more for victims of Equifax breach
The Equifax data breach is prompting advocates to call on Congress for better protection of consumers' sensitive financial information. Not only should free credit freeze legislation be implemented immediately, but Congress should also resist the financial and banking industries attempts to pass legislation that preempts stronger state laws in matters that relate to consumers’ data security and privacy.

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