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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

New federal law bans most surprise bills from out-of-network medical providers

As part of the recently passed federal  government funding bill, President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation into law that will protect millions of consumers from outrageous surprise health bills from out-of-network providers. These unfair bills come from balance billing -- when out-of-network medical professionals charge you the difference between their fees and the maximum amount allowed by your insurance company.

News Release | MASSPIRG

Baker signs bill to protect children, families and firefighters from toxic flame retardants

BOSTON--On New Year’s Day, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Children and Firefighters Protection Act into law, reversing his stance on the bill from two years ago.  Parents, advocates, firefighters and legislators applauded the move as a critical step for public health following a year of public health crisis.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Looking ahead: PIRG’s 2021 federal and state priorities

The new year is just around the corner. In 2021, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the state PIRGs will work to improve our health, safety and well-being by bringing Americans together to advocate for new laws and other positive changes

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Legislature sends flame retardants ban to Governor’s desk...again

The Massachusetts House and Senate passed a ban on toxic flame retardant chemicals sending it to the Governor’s desk just under the wire as the end of the two year legislative session approaches. Firefighters, environment and health advocates and others hailed the bill as a critical move to protect public health and called on Governor Charlie Baker to sign the bill into law.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG calls for auto insurance refunds and lower premiums

MASSPIRG is calling on state Commissioner of Insurance Gary Anderson to review auto insurance rates, premiums and losses, and to require insurers to refund premiums out of their excess profits, which have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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