Health & Safety

Sensa buyers gain refund checks

Close to half a million people who bought Sensa, a sprinkle-on weight loss product, will share more than $26 million in refunds, thanks to the FTC. The money comes from the FTC’s settlement with Sensa’s marketers, who said their powder would help people lose weight. According to the FTC, the company didn’t have the scientific evidence they needed to back up the claims. Continue Reading >

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Ad for Gerber baby formula: Deceptively cute

You want the best for your baby. So when you see an ad for formula that claims to help reduce the risk of your child developing allergies, you might be willing to give it a try. Well, hang on to your wallet.

In its ads for Gerber Good Start Gentle, the company states, “You want your baby to have your smile, your eyes… not your allergies. Gerber Good Start Gentle [is] easy to digest and may also provide protective benefits for your baby.” Continue Reading >

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These health care plans were scams

Before you sign up and pay any money for health insurance or discount plans, check out all the available options — and any claims they make about coverage. Some people who call you up promoting a way for you to save could be pitching a scam. Continue Reading >

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Weight loss double-talk

Many people would give just about anything to eat like a Sumo wrestler, yet have the body of a tennis pro. And, unfortunately, many people have — given their money, that is — for pills and products falsely promising significant weight loss with little or no effort. Continue Reading >

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Military consumers: Salutes to you!

Frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, the stresses of deployment and a steady paycheck from Uncle Sam can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. That’s why the Department of Defense, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs, and Military Saves have joined to sponsor Military Consumer — a campaign to empower military and veteran communities with tips and tools to be informed consumers.    Continue Reading >

A handy consumer resource

How does a fixed rate mortgage compare to a variable rate mortgage?What can you do about a store that doesn’t honor its refund policy? What if you have a complaint about an insurance company?

The world can be a tricky place for consumers. It takes time and energy to research companies, compare products, and stay up-to-date on the latest scams. At times, it might feel like a full time job. The 2014 Consumer Action Handbook can help, and it’s now available to order or download for free. Continue Reading >

Weight loss: Fact vs. Fiction

Thinking about squeezing into that itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini — or baring your bod in that form-fitting suit? It’s beach season, and those quick weight loss products might seem appealing. You’ve probably seen the ads for pills, powders, patches, belts, and creams promising to melt the pounds away without any diet or exercise. But do those products really work? Continue Reading >

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Legal and financial planning for people with Alzheimer’s disease

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another serious illness, it is important to update financial, legal, and health care arrangements as soon as possible. Continue Reading >

U.S. Department of Labor hosts Women's Health Week webinar in Spanish

Women are key consumers of health benefits.  Working women often make the most important health care decisions for their family and act as caregivers when family members fall ill.  As a result, they need to be well informed about health coverage.  There are many health coverage protections under the law - many that specifically benefit women.  Women need the knowledge and tools that will help them carry out their many roles when it comes to health coverage decisions. Continue Reading >

MA AG Martha Coakley’s Office Offers Resources and Outreach Events to Assist in Obtaining Good Consumer Health

Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley’s office has prepared several outreach events during NCPW to provide consumers with helpful information and materials. If you are interested in attending, please view our NCPW webpage for additional details.  Continue Reading >

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