ACI, along with coalition of national think tanks, signed a calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rules to be overturned. The letter is available here.
The cost of US health care is about 17% of GDP and it is expected that there will be 35 million hospital admissions in 2017. In 2004, 133 million Americans lived with a chronic disease. Cost and suffering support aggressive research into prevention and treatment of infections, accidents and disorders. Three conditions — heart disease, […]
This op-ed, published in the Miami Herald and written by Alan Daley, discusses a costly trend that is pushing up Florida’s homeowner premiums — “assignment of benefits” contractor fraud. The piece can be read and printed at the Miami Herald — http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article161321238.html.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the consumer technology lobby are making a big push in support of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017. Their message is very consumer-focused: This bill will improve consumer access to hearing aids by making them available over the counter for the first time. Unfortunately, it’s a message that is […]
The ten Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) listed by CMS are: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and […]
Some malls are dying, but not all. Despite scary headlines about the demise of malls, TV and internet shopping, urbanization, and the attitudes of younger consumers, some malls are prospering. “Simon, GGP and Taubman are owners of the highest quality mall REIT portfolios, reported a particularly positive fourth quarter [in 2016]… occupancy continues to exceed […]
The House and Senate are considering legislation to speed entry of generic competition into the market as a means to provide greater patient access and lower prescription costs for consumers. The Senate and the House coalition letter are available online. Simply put, what the CREATES Act represents is a market-based way that contributes to giving […]
A broad selection of major retailers located in shopping malls throughout the U.S. may include Target, JC Penny, Sears, Kmart, Macys, Nordstrom, Polo, Payless, The Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch, hhgregg, BCBG Max Azaria, Crocs, Gander Mountain, CVS, Chicos, The Children’s Place, Wet Seal, Bebe and American Apparel. What do these retailers all have in common? […]
Software makers invariably leave security vulnerabilities in their products. They take pains to remove bugs and most test the software thoroughly to reveal shortcomings. They rarely catch all the potential problems even when they apply a lot of time, skill and money. Those who claim software can be thoroughly debugged and vulnerability-free reveal their inexperience […]
For consumers, personal sound amplification devices can boost sound that is too faint for most of us to hear. This technology can be used by consumers who want to temporarily heighten their hearing, including the use of headphones and equipment used to modestly boost the sound on telephones, listening devices and other audio amplification, and […]