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Modernizing Medicare education tools empowers seniors
Coalition advocates urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue its efforts to improve and enhance the information and decision-making tools available to Medicare beneficiaries, in order to better enable seniors to make informed decisions and become active choosers in their health coverage.

Congress to gut key provision of Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a landmark piece of bipartisan legislation that affirms and protects the civil rights of disabled people. A new bill, The ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility. The proposed legislation was recently adopted in the House Judiciary Committee and specifically takes on a section of the ADA that gives disabled people the right to sue public businesses (including restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters) that don’t comply with the ADA’s accessibility requirements.

Do not delay or revise 2016 nursing home protections
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) and many other organizations to decry revisions and delays to 2016 rules for nursing homes.

Do not let government agencies weaken consumer protections
Advocates joined together in urging Congress to oppose H.R. 469 the “Delaying Public Protections Act," which moves to end consent decrees and settlements that force federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency to comply with the law and protect public health and clean air and water. The directive is aimed at limiting people, communities, and organizations from taking the government agencies to court when they're not complying with the law or fail to enact or enforce regulations on the books.

To reign in prescription costs, FDA should focus on drug manufacturers’ major abuses
In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), advocates called on Commissioner Gottlieb to end regulatory abuses by brand-name companies that block access to generic drugs. Brand name drug companies twist the FDA's rules to delay or inhibit consumer access to generic drugs, which gives the companies the power to charge unreasonable prices, and leads to greater healthcare costs.

Enough with the sneaky and harmful policy riders
Appropriations bills continue to be misused to undermine essential consumer and environmental safeguards through poisonous policy riders. Enough is enough! Advocates are asking Congress to oppose any FY 2018 bills that contain controversial riders regarding unpopular and dangerous initiatives that would otherwise never pass on their own.

Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would hurt consumers
Advocates penned a letter to the Senate urging legislators to oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) — which should be called the “Regulatory Paralysis Act.” This bill aims to cripple the process for issuing and enforcing regulations that ensure Americans have clean air and water, healthy food and consumer products, fair wages, safe workplaces and many key financial protections.

More policy riders intended to threaten retiring Americans, hijack budget process
A coalition of 254 groups is urging Congress to reject any federal appropriations bill that contains inappropriate and “ideological” policy riders. These riders, which were wildly popular during the last budget cycle, would jeopardize policies that restrain Wall Street abuses and would weaken new legislation intended to protect American families and their retirement savings. These policy riders are little more than special favors and sweetheart deals for big corporations and ideological extremists and have no place in the appropriations process.

P&G asked to provide chemical disclosures on all personal care products
Most people assume cosmetics and personal care products are tested for safety before being stocked on store shelves. In truth, personal care products are one of the least regulated industries in the U.S. In an effort to improve the public’s health by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, Consumer Action joined consumer advocates in asking Procter & Gamble to implement a chemical ingredient policy that will fully disclose the mixture of ingredients in all of its products. Doing so gives consumers more information about the products they buy and use every day and pushes the industry as a whole to be more transparent.

Congress must keep health markets competitive
As detailed in the letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the proposed mergers between Anthem and Cigna and Aetna and Humana will reduce the number of major health insurers from five to three and will pose the threat of substantial harm to millions of consumers. Consumer Action joins advocates in urging the Subcommittee to investigate the mergers and the impact consolidation will have on the healthcare market.

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