From terrorist financing to Medicare fraud, anonymous shell companies have shielded the identities of wrongdoers and served as financial getaway cars for hiding dirty money. But in a historic override of a presidential veto, Congress has outlawed anonymous shell companies in the United States.
As a year that challenged our nation like no other came to a close, U.S. PIRG geared up for the work ahead. Our 2021 federal priorities include our ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis; watchdogging the implementation of new protections against surprise medical billing; working to win federal policies to stop price gouging of essential medical supplies; and more.
Americans will now be protected from surprise medical bills sent by out-of-network providers thanks to a new bipartisan law prohibiting "balance billing," where providers charge patients the difference between their fees and the maximum allowed by the patient's insurance.
Our new report shows that giving consumers and small businesses access to the parts, tools and service information they need to repair products can help save our families, our planet and our finances.
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Illinoisans who get their electricity from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) are paying 37 percent more for their electricity delivery than they did in 2012 — when in fact declines in power supply prices over the last decade should have led to lower electric bills. Why the extra cost? The answer lies in a case of political influence enabling a powerful special interest to upend its own regulation, maximizing private profit rather than the public good.
Plastic is a problem not just for our environment, but also for our health. Chemicals used to make plastics anti-microbial, flame retardant, and more, can be toxic.
Shortages improved during the fall but worsened in December
2021 is shaping up to be a big year for our efforts to secure your right to fix your stuff.
A new analysis by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group found that 8 percent of nursing homes nationwide had a critical shortage of surgical-grade N95 masks, as of Dec. 27. And 4 to 6 percent of homes reported shortages in at least one other category of PPE.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.