Arizona PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau celebrated its 10th birthday last Wednesday. It begins its second decade refocused on its mission of protecting you and me after a few years of, ironically, championing shady business practices over consumers. The agency’s first decade was full of success, setbacks, and promise.

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

How the pandemic has worsened the medical debt crisis

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

How drug companies keep prices high through tricky marketing and sales tactics

From Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, people just want to fix their stuff.

As Microsoft joins the $2 trillion club, a shareholder group presses for Right to Repair 

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Patients can be asked to consent to out-of-network care from certain providers under the No Surprises Act. That could be an expensive decision.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Consumers increasingly are using digital peer-to-peer payment (P2P) apps for convenience. However, that convenience can quickly turn to inconvenience as the result of these apps’ often-confusing design, poor customer service and propensity for being used for scams and fraud. The number of written complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) about these apps and other financial tools in the “mobile or digital wallet” category has skyrocketed in recent years, reaching new heights in 2021.

Cover photo by grinvalds via IStock 

From a win in the New York Senate, to a new bill in Congress: A roundup of news on Right to Repair

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Henry Hintermeister
Creative Associate

The FTC's "Nixing the Fix" report asserts that manufacturer justifications for consumer repair restrictions have "scant evidence" to support them.