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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Over 5,600 people sign petition calling for strong federal protection from surprise medical bills

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra must implement strong regulations to protect consumers from out-of-network medical bills by July 1, 2021

News Release | US PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: Safe Sleep Act passes House, awaits vote in Senate

In an effort to protect infants from unsafe consumer products, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021.

News Release | MASSPIRG

Time to eliminate the use of PFAS in consumer products, experts tell legislators

BOSTON -- Public health, community, academic, and environmental leaders called on lawmakers to ban the use of harmful PFAS chemicals in common consumer products at a State House hearing Tuesday. Testifying before the Joint Committee on Public Health, the experts  called for swift passage of  An Act Restricting Toxic PFAS Chemicals in Consumer Products to Protect our Health, S.1387/ H.2350 filed by state Sen. Jo Comerford and Rep. Jack Lewis. The act would ban toxic PFAS from carpets, rugs, and furniture textiles, and from aftermarket sprays applied to these products. It also bans PFAS in personal care products and cookware. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Statement: Target’s new plastic packaging goal is a step in the right direction

The Fortune 50 retailer Target announced a new goal Tuesday to reduce its use of virgin plastic 20 percent by 2025 across its own brand frequency products. It is part of a new sustainability strategy called Target Forward and covers such key categories as household cleaning, personal care and beauty.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

New report: the hidden costs of peer-to-peer payment apps

BOSTON -- Consumer complaints about peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps such as PayPal, Venmo and Square have surged during the pandemic year. In April, there were 970 digital wallet complaints — almost double the previous monthly high from July 2020. MASSPIRG Education Fund analyzed this growing problem for Virtual Wallets, Real Complaints, a new analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) Consumer Complaint Database.


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