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  • Fighting The High Cost Of Rx Drugs | PennPIRG
    they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last News Release PennPIRG Health Care TWENTY TOP GENERIC DRUGS DELAYED BY INDUSTRY PAYOFFS Too often consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden or even go without needed medicine due to the high cost of brand name drugs Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called pay for delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Health Care Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform Today s decision is good news for consumers Insurance companies can t go back to the days of dropping your coverage once you become ill or denying coverage to sick children And beginning in 2014 the days of insurers being able to deny anyone coverage for pre existing conditions will be history Keep Reading News Release Health Care Nationwide study of new health exchanges shows Pennsylvania how to lower costs for consumers Philadelphia PA Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and Pennsylvania should follow their lead according to Making the Grade a new report by PennPIRG Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better more affordable options for coverage Under the federal health reform law each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014 Keep Reading News Release Health Care As Passage of Health Bill Nears New Estimates of Pennsylvania Job Gains From Lower Premiums WASHINGTON DC As Congress and the White House are locked in the final negotiations over the health care reform bill a new analysis from the consumer group Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group finds that the legislation will mean between 11 400 and 18 300 more jobs in Pennsylvania With job losses now the central economic issue confronting America the analysis shows that the health care cost savings the bill will achieve will help businesses add new employees Keep Reading News Release Health Care Senate Makes History on Final Health Reform Votes Inaction by Congress and the power of the health care industry have allowed health care costs to spiral out of control and enabled insurance companies to run roughshod over consumers for decades until now Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 next last Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that U S PIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people In the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that PennPIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people In the past teens

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/issues/pap/fighting-high-cost-rx-drugs (2016-04-27)
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  • FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long-Delayed Food Safety Rules | PennPIRG
    Strong and prompt implementation of these new rules will help to finally bring those numbers down and give consumers the safe food supply they deserve Still the FDA has failed to release five additional long overdue rules to improve food safety and we will continue to advocate for release of the other rules so that no American lives are at risk from unsafe food PennPIRG the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group takes on powerful interests on behalf of Pennsylvanians working to win concrete results for our health and our well being www pennpirg org Food Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/blogs/blog/pap/fda-protects-public-releasing-two-long-delayed-food-safety-rules (2016-04-27)
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  • Food | PennPIRG
    yet we re handing out taxpayer subsidies to big agribusinesses to help subsidize junk food Read more about Stop Subsidizing Obesity News Release Budget Food Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece Philadelphia PA Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to Apples to Twinkies a new report by PennPIRG Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer Read more about Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece Report PennPIRG Education Fund Food Apples to Twinkies The rise in childhood obesity has many causes but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food And shockingly American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients making the problem worse Read more about Apples to Twinkies Media Hit Food Consumer Activists Say US Government Is Promoting Obesity PHILADELPHIA CBS A local activist group says if the government wants to battle childhood obesity cutting subsidies to corn farmers would be a good start Read more about Consumer Activists Say US Government Is Promoting Obesity Media Hit Food 3 consumer groups push Pa on food safety Hoping to spur legislators to pass food safety reforms three prominent consumer groups Wednesday released a report identifying 85 recalls triggered by contaminated foods nationwide over the last 13 months the majority linked to the potentially deadly bacteria salmonella the pathogen responsible for the country s largest ever egg recall last month Read more about 3 consumer groups push Pa on food safety Media Hit Food PennPIRG urges Senate to

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/food?page=1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Food | PennPIRG
    in July 2009 according to a study released this week Read more about Food for thought Report details 85 safety recalls Media Hit Food Local Group Calls for Stronger Food Safety Laws Alana Miller right with PennPIRG the Public Interest Research Group of Pennsylvania says Congress must pass the FDA Food Modernization Act Read more about Local Group Calls for Stronger Food Safety Laws Report PennPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U S Senate The U S House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act H R 2749 on July 30 2009 However the Senate s version of the bill the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S 510 has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule Read more about Recipe for Disaster Pages first previous 1 2 3 Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/food?page=2 (2016-04-27)
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  • Email Contact Form | PennPIRG
    hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/email/node/46611/field_bio_email (2016-04-27)
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  • PennPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Result Food Researching How Tax Dollars Become Twinkies U S PIRG research found that since 1995 17 billion in agricultural subsidies have gone to corn syrup and other junk food ingredients That s enough to buy 2 8 billion Twinkies and vastly more than has gone to apples and other fresh fruits and vegetables Keep Reading Result Food KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the USDA has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Result Financial Reform A VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS OVER WALL STREET Even after the financial crisis lobbyists for the big banks and credit card companies furiously opposed pro consumer provisions in the Wall Street reform law We helped convince Congress to ignore them and create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Keep Reading Result Public Health KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the U S D A has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Pages 1 2 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group Tax Following the Money 2016 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Highway Boondoggles 2 Twelve proposed highway projects across the country slated to cost at least 24 billion exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland For 30 years PennPIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Democracy Boosting the Impact of Small Donors What if our campaign finance system encouraged candidates to raise money from everyday citizens making small contributions This report examines how the 2016 fundraising picture would look if a small donor campaign finance system were in place where small contributions were matched with limited public funds for candidates who agree to turn down large contributions Keep Reading Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000 complaints posted since 2011 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Transportation

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/home (2016-04-27)
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  • Letter to Congress: 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule | PennPIRG
    Housing Corp TX Brighton Park Neighborhood Council IL Bucks County Women s Advocacy Coalition PA California Reinvestment Coalition CRC CA CASA of Oregon OR Catalyst Miami FL Center for Economic Integrity New Mexico Office NM Center for Economic Progress IL Center for Financial and Human Dignity NC Center for Housing and Community Studies NC Center for Transforming Lives TX Central New York Citizens In Action Inc NY CFORM Covenant Community Development Corporation MS Christian Community Service Center TX Christian Life Commission TX Citizen Action IL Citizen Potawatomi Communty Development Corporation OK CitySquare TX Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi MS Coalition on Homelessness Housing in Ohio OH Colorado People s Alliance CO Communities in Schools Western Nevada NV Community Development Corporation of Marlboro County SC Community Economic Development Association of Michigan MI Community Financial Inc AK Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto CA Connecticut Association for Human Services CT Connecticut Legal Services Inc CT Consumer Council of Mo MO Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County NC Consumer Federation of California CA Consumers Council of Missouri MO Credit Counseling Agencies of NC NC DCRAC DE Delaware Community Reinvestment DE East LA Community Corporation CA Empower Missouri MO Empowering and Strengthening Ohio s People OH Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa CA Erie Benedictines for Peace PA Express Advantage WA Fair Just for All CA Faith Voices for Jefferson City MO Fig Loans LLC TX Financial Pathways of the Piedmont NC First Baptist Church San Marcos TX Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection FL Florida Prosperity Partnership FL Foundation Communities TX Four Bands Community Fund Inc SD Fund 17 LA Funeral Consumers of Tampa Bay FL Georgia Rural Urban Summit GA Georgia Watch GA Global Green MI Good Work NC Gowen Consulting AL Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association VA Greensboro Housing Coalition NC GRO Grass Roots Organizing MO Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina NC Harlingen Community Development Corp TX Haven Neighborhood Services CA Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development HI Helping Hands Ministry of Belton TX Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania PA Housing Research Advocacy Center Housing Research Advocacy Center OH Idaho Community Action Network ID Illinois Asset Building Group IL Indiana Assets Opportunity Network IN Indiana Association for Community Economic Development IN Innovative Changes OR InSight Fund NC Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement IA Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc FL Jesuit Social Research Institute LA Kentucky Equal Justice Center KY Kingdom Community Development Corp NC Land of the Sky UCC NC Law Foundation of Silicon Valley CA Legal Aid Justice Center VA Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut Inc CT Louisiana Community Reinvestment Coalition LA Lubbock Housing Finance Corporation Maine Center for Economic Policy ME Maine People s Alliance ME Mary s House Catholic Worker AL Maryland CASH Campaign MD Maryland Center on Economic Policy MD Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition MD Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council MI Metropolitan St Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council MO Midland College Business and Economic Development Center TX Mission Asset

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/news/usf/letter-congress-212-groups-call-you-oppose-hr-4018-and-support-strong-payday-rule (2016-04-27)
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  • PIRGs, Others Ask CFPB & FTC To Investigate Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach | PennPIRG
    full investigation Here are just a few of the questions we raise If the server holding the T Mobile files was subject to fewer security protections than the full Experian credit reporting database why If it was subject to the same protections as the credit reporting server doesn t this raise the troubling possibility that the server holding highly sensitive credit and personal information of over 200 million Americans is vulnerable to a data hack by identity thieves Since credit monitoring which has been offered to victims by the firms doesn t stop new account identity theft Is there any authority for the CFPB to require the nationwide CRAs to provide free security freezes to affected consumers 30 Here is a link to PIRG s original statement on the breach which includes identity theft tips and more information on the security freeze Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Contact Ed Mierzwinski 202 546 9707 x314 Contact person by email Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/news/usp/pirgs-others-ask-cfpb-ftc-investigate-experiant-mobile-data-breach (2016-04-27)
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