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Mouse Print* -- Neuriva Brain Supplement Is Not "Proven"

mouse print We've all seen the commercials for Neuriva, the "proven" supplement to sharpen your brain. Not so fast say some consumer lawyers who have sued the company for false advertising and misrepresentation. We examine the claims and the questionable changes the company agreed to make when they settled the case. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Hospitals Hide Their Prices From Patients

hosptial This year, the federal government ordered hospitals to begin publishing a complete list of the prices for procedures that they negotiated with private insurers. This story shows that hospitals are charging patients wildly different amounts for the same basic services based on what insurance you have. And it provides numerous examples of major health insurers negotiating surprisingly unfavorable rates for their customers. In many cases, insured patients are charged prices that are higher than what they would be if they pretended to have no coverage at all. Links to story: NY Times directly (limited views), alternate archived link.


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Why Most Deals Save You Little

sale The New York Times site that reviews products, Wirecutter, says many advertised sales only offer marginal savings. [Alternate link.] It suggests ways to determine how good a sale really is.

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How Pharmacies Set Drug Prices

The 15-minute CNBC video above takes a deep look into the pharmacy business explaining how middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers play a huge role in determining what price you pay for a particular drug. Sometimes cash buyers who use a discount card can actually pay less than those with prescription drug coverage from their health insurer. [Link to video]

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Bargain of the Week

Free Oil Change, Car Wash, and Interior Cleaning

Until September 30, Mazda is offering educators (see fine print of offer by clicking the "1" on the offer page) a free oil change and car wash. "Educator" is a defined term so read the rules carefully about who is covered and what proof must be provided. You do NOT need to have a Mazda. What a deal as Mazda thanks educators for their service!

Free Wine After Rebate

Until September 30, if you live in certain states and buy any Barefoot wine product, you can get an online rebate (via PayPal, Venmo, or e-check) for up to $9.99. If you shop around, you can get a 1.5 liter bottle of Barefoot wine for that price. Offer void in: AL, AR, CA, CO, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV.

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Consumer Reports

Best Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

In a rare move, Consumer Reports is posting (for free) the actual model numbers of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that scored best in its tests. Both battery and hardwired units are included. Now is a good time to upgrade if your units are old.

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