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Health Insurance Companies Rated

doctor With open season for choosing a health plan coming up for millions of Americans, be sure to check this Consumer Reports/NCQA report on private health insurers. It provides a nationwide ranking of each plan, as well as patient satisfaction ratings, and performance evaluations.

Using Gambling to Entice the Poor to Save

piggybank A novel idea is spreading across the country called prize-linked savings. It encourages people to save money via deposits in a financial institution by giving them a chance to win prizes. The problem: this is technically gambling in most states and not allowed at banks by federal law. So some states are passing laws to allow these types of promotional accounts. What do you think about using gambling as a lure to get poor people to make savings account deposits? Add your comments or read others'.


The Most Worry-Free Cars

worry-free cars When you buy a new car, the last thing you want is headaches, either immediately or down the road. To that end, has put together a "worry-free index" combining data from owners, J.D. Power, and Consumer Reports. They list the 15 cars with the best mix of reliability, maintenance costs, and warranty.

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Mouse Print* -- CVS to Pay $225K for Misleading Packaging

mouse print Some sharp-eyed DAs in California noticed that CVS was selling certain products whose packaging had false sides or bottoms, or were slack-filled. We peek inside the packages to reveal the tricks. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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What? Your Receipt Could be Hazardous to Your Health!

Sales receipts, ATM receipts, gas receipts all could pose a health problem, according to ShopSmart, the sister publication of Consumer Reports. Learn about the hidden health risk.

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