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New health law premiums will go online this weekend

...information to update subsidies for customers who just want to keep the same plan.SOME NEW FEATURES STILL IN TESTING: Consumer advocates have been clamoring for an upgrade that allows patients to easily search for insurance plans that their doctor participates...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-10-23/new-health-law-premiums-wi
Georgia senators study medical billing limits

...balance billing." It's when a physician bills the patient for the balance of the fee beyond what insurance paid.Consumer advocates call it surprise billing.In many states, it's illegal. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is considering...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-10-11/georgia-senators-study-m
GM will pay $900 million, avoid charges in faulty switch scandal

...lives were impacted. That is something that we understand and we take forward and will have with us every day."Consumer advocate Clarence Ditlow, the head of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, said GM officials will "walk off scot-free...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-09-17/gm-will-pay-900-million-av
AT&T's purchase of DirecTV cleared by FCC

...country's biggest cable company even more massive, was blocked. The AT&T deal did not trigger the same fears from consumer advocates because the company wouldn't contain an entertainment division like Comcast's NBCUniversal and wouldn't gain...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-24/atts-purchase-directv-clea
Discount contact lens retailers given OK to lower prices

...makers that dominate the market say the price minimums protect eye doctors from being undercut by sellers who don't offer the same expertise, but the pricing policies have also been scrutinized by Congress, consumer advocates and others.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-06-13/discount-contact-lens-retail
Mirror, mirror on the wall: Smart mirrors boost sales

...changes make sense to improve the experience," said Nordstrom's spokesman Dan Evans.The new technology has some consumer advocates concerned. "One assumes that the mirror is not looking back at me unless you are in a fairytale," said Nuala...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2015-05-16/mirror-mirror-wall-smart-mirrors-bo
Auto dealers in Ga. and S.C. attract scrutiny

...advertising, hidden fees and predatory payment plans are all ways shoppers can be tricked when buying a car.State consumer advocates and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are asking the public to report any fishy or deceptive advertisements and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-03-26/auto-dealers-ga-and-sc-attrac
Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

...Communications Commission and Justice Department are still reviewing the deal, which was announced in February 2014.Consumer advocates have expressed concern that Comcast would have control over too much of the country's Internet access.Comcast...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-03-25/comcast-says-45b-time-warn
Comcast, long criticized on customer service, adding more online reps as it tries to improve

...of cable TV subscribers and more than half of high-speed Internet subscribers.That's raised an outcry from consumer advocates who say the combined company would have too much control over the country's Internet access.And the company's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-03-24/comcast-long-criticized-cu
Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers

...Wheeler.The 3-2 vote was expected to trigger industry lawsuits that could take several years to resolve. Still, consumer advocates cheered the regulations as a victory for smaller Internet-based companies which feared they would have to pay...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-26/regulators-ok-net-neutrali