Insurance EducationConsumer Action's Insurance Education Project is a site to help you make wise decisions when you buy insurance. The site, run by the national education and advocacy organization Consumer Action, features tools, educational publications, FAQs, news and other information to keep you covered.
- May 05, 2016Financial firms can’t stop you from joining class action lawsuits Consumers will be able to join together to hold corporations accountable when they break the law The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule would limit the financial industry’s use of forced arbitration—an abusive practice in which corporations bury “ripoff clauses” in the fine print of take- it-or-leave-it contracts to block consumers from challenging predatory practices such as hidden fees, fraud and other illegal behavior.
- May 05, 2016Consumer agency moves to assert bank customers' right to sue
- May 05, 2016Don't do your people like Prince did. Leave a will
- May 03, 2016Mandatory training for painkiller prescribers
- May 02, 2016Motivate young savers with time travel to old age
CA News & Special Reports
Credit Reporting Issue - Winter 2015 The credit reporting issue of Consumer Action News covers some welcome changes in reporting rules and the dispute resolution process, explains how consumers can access free credit scores and deal with delinquent debt on their reports, and throws light on the rights and challenges for job seekers and data breach victims. (Wednesday, December 16, 2015)
Five Recent Publications
Insurance Checkup Assessing and adjusting your coverage. Staying adequately insured means reassessing your coverage each year and adjusting it in response to specific life events. This Insurance Checkup fact sheet explains why it’s important to revisit your insurance policies regularly, lists specific life events that typically warrant a change in coverage, provides tips and tools for managing your insurance and offers links to resources where you can learn more.
Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part three, Planning a Secure Future, focuses on leaving the workforce, funding your retirement and protecting what you've accumulated. Topics include tapping your investments and home equity, staying adequately insured, managing medical expenses, the basics of estate planning and, for some grandparents, raising a second family.
Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part two, Achieving Financial Goals, addresses updating your budget, accumulating a nest egg and protecting your assets. Topics include budgeting and debt management, filing your tax returns, saving and investing, homeownership and insurance.
Auto Insurance: The Basics (Chinese). 每位駕駛人士都有責任購買一份合適的汽車保險。這本指南將協助你決定你需要選購哪些保險項目及保額多少,以及怎樣才能以最合理的價錢得到最佳的保障。 It’s every driver’s responsibility to have adequate auto insurance. This guide will help you determine how much—and what kinds of—coverage you need, and how to get protection at the best price.
Auto Insurance: The Basics (Spanish). Tener seguro de auto adecuado es la responsabilidad de todo conductor. Esta guía le ayudará a determinar cuánta cobertura necesita, el tipo que necesita y cómo conseguirla al mejor precio.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I.I.I. Toolkit. This three-tool suite of apps from the Insurance Information Institute helps you prepare your family for a disaster, guides you through choosing the right types and amounts of insurance coverage and enables you to keep an up-to-date electronic record of your belongings.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Patient’s Guide to HIPAA. This guide explains how you can use the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect your medical privacy.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Filing a health information privacy complaint. You have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for violations of your medical privacy.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Health insurance 'Premiums vs Paychecks'. Throughout the first eight years of the new millennium, health care costs have skyrocketed, while working families’ wages have stood still.
Friday, September 05, 2008
The Crime You Pay For. A brochure outlining how insurance fraud scams hurt everyone.
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