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News Release | MASSPIRG

MASSPIRG Statement: Bigger, Better Bottle Bill Passes Committee

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) gave a favorable report to the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (H.3289/S.2149) on Thursday, sending it to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for further consideration. MASSPIRG releases statement.

News Release | MASSPIRG

New consumer protections curbing "Surprise Medical Bills" start Jan. 1

Americans with health insurance will have a new suite of rights when the No Surprises Act goes into effect on Jan.1, 2022. This landmark law designed to protect patients from unfair and exorbitant medical charges will ban most “surprise bills” and keep consumers out of the middle of payment disputes. Because the new law has provisions that may be confusing to laypeople, MASSPIRG has released a consumer tips guide to help patients understand their rights. 

News Release | MASSPIRG

STATEMENT: NEW WHITE HOUSE PLAN TO GET THE LEAD OUT MARKS KEY PROGRESS FOR SAFER DRINKING WATER

BOSTON -- The White House unveiled a new plan Thursday to prevent the lead contamination of drinking water (and reduce other exposures to lead). The Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan features unprecedented federal funding and a commitment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “to propose requirements that, along with other actions, would replace all lead service lines as quickly as feasible.” More broadly, the White House plan includes 15 actions across 10 federal agencies, allocations of relevant federal funding, and a cabinet-level partnership to reduce lead in child care centers and schools. 

News Release | US PIRG | Antibiotics

Small decrease in antibiotic sales to meat production is not enough

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new data Tuesday showing that sales of medically important antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals decreased by three percent between 2019 and 2020.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

MASSPIRG Urges Lawmakers to Ban the Use of Toxic Pesticides

MASSPIRG iurged lawmakers to support bills to restrict the use of the toxic pesticides and a bill to reduce the use of rodenticides through promotion of integrated pest management.   

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