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Yearly Archives: 2009

Taking Stock of Growing Fees Posted on Dec 16

Taking Stock of Growing Fees

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Earlier this week, my office released the results of a survey of restocking fees at national retailers that are popular during the holiday shopping season. We found that these fees on   …Continue Reading Taking Stock of Growing Fees

Consumer Insider: Health Insurance, Winter Tips, and More Posted on Dec 7

Consumer Insider: Health Insurance, Winter Tips, and More

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation The December 2009 edition of the Consumer Insider is now available (Download December_2009_Newsletter_Final). The latest newsletter includes updates on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s efforts to reform small business health insurance (including Governor   …Continue Reading Consumer Insider: Health Insurance, Winter Tips, and More

Time for a Health Insurance Checkup Posted on Dec 4

Time for a Health Insurance Checkup

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation For many families, now is the perfect time to get up to speed on health insurance. Many companies hold their open-enrollment periods at the end of the year. It’s a chance   …Continue Reading Time for a Health Insurance Checkup

Save Money on Car Insurance, But Don’t Get Blinded by Ad Barrage Posted on Nov 25

Save Money on Car Insurance, But Don’t Get Blinded by Ad Barrage

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation One of the goals of Governor Deval Patrick’s move to managed competition in auto insurance was to create a more competitive environment for companies to work to win new customers. Based   …Continue Reading Save Money on Car Insurance, But Don’t Get Blinded by Ad Barrage

Don’t Be a Turkey in the Thanksgiving Kitchen Posted on Nov 24

Don’t Be a Turkey in the Thanksgiving Kitchen

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation There are few culinary tasks tougher than getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table. It’s a trick that necessitates a lot of work, some good timing, and some cooking skill. With that   …Continue Reading Don’t Be a Turkey in the Thanksgiving Kitchen

When Car Shopping, Look for Yellow Posted on Oct 29

When Car Shopping, Look for Yellow

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Not everyone would be interested in a yellow car, but when you go car shopping, it’s a good idea to look for yellow – the yellow sticker that must be attached   …Continue Reading When Car Shopping, Look for Yellow

Attention to H1N1 Flu Creates Environment for Bogus Cures Posted on Oct 28

Attention to H1N1 Flu Creates Environment for Bogus Cures

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation As is often the case when a particular issue becomes the focus of national attention, there’s been a recent outburst of products that aren’t just ineffective in fighting the flu and   …Continue Reading Attention to H1N1 Flu Creates Environment for Bogus Cures

‘Going Green’ on Appliances Can Earn Green for Your Wallet Posted on Oct 22

‘Going Green’ on Appliances Can Earn Green for Your Wallet

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation “Going green” is not just about driving a fuel-efficient car or recycling cans and bottles. Some of our everyday tasks can be quite taxing on the environment, and more importantly, on   …Continue Reading ‘Going Green’ on Appliances Can Earn Green for Your Wallet

Reforms Will Change Small Business Health Insurance Posted on Oct 21

Reforms Will Change Small Business Health Insurance

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation I was in Quincy yesterday morning with Governor Patrick when he announced a series of reforms aimed at helping reduce the rapid cost increases in health insurance premiums for small businesses.   …Continue Reading Reforms Will Change Small Business Health Insurance

Playing It Safe – That’s the Ticket Posted on Oct 9

Playing It Safe – That’s the Ticket

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Playoff baseball returns to Fenway Park on Sunday, and for every fan lucky enough to have a ticket to the game, there are thousands who’d love to go in their place.   …Continue Reading Playing It Safe – That’s the Ticket