Consumer Tips

Did your auto insurance company refund you enough for driving less this year?

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

State-by-state analysis shows companies financially benefited from fewer claims but barely compensated customers

Gift cards are a popular holiday purchase, but be careful this year

Gift cards are among the most requested and most purchased holiday presents year after year. But 2020 might be the year to reconsider buying a card from just any company.

COVID-19 could push more stores and restaurants out of business soon

Con-artists are preying on people's fear of infection or desperation for money

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

Mary Houston’s dad has been in a nursing home for three years. It was a stressful decision to move him from the Cleveland-area home where he lived alone, but the family knew it was the best option. Bill Prebel suffers from Parkinson’s disease and had fallen more than 100 times in one year.

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

How to keep your child safe from Halloween's toxic terrors

By | Gina Werdel
Make It Toxic Free, Associate

The FDA doesn’t test for asbestos in cosmetics before they go to market. This Halloween, parents should check the label on kids’ costume makeup to avoid ingredients that put their kids at risk of exposure to toxic contaminants.

Planning to vote in person? Consider taking a bag of supplies to help you survive long lines

Like millions of Americans, I plan to vote in person on Election Day. I always vote in person. I treasure the “I Voted” sticker I get. My polling place is often busy, depending on the time of day. But I never have encountered what I consider long lines.

I realize this year could be different. 

Report | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, COVID-19, Public Health

Nursing Home Safety During COVID: PPE Shortages

One of the many questions this analysis raises: How did the PPE situation not improve and actually get worse throughout this year, as the seriousness of the pandemic became obvious? 

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, Health Care

Report: Nursing homes endure massive PPE shortages

Seven months into this pandemic, PPE shortages have become much worse, according to “Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages,” a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

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