NHPIRG Latest Blog Posts

As manufacturers block access to manuals and other fix-it information, biomedical repair technicians press for reform.

New federal limits on surprise medical bills protect some patients with COVID-19, but surprise bills are a problem for all patients. We call for a comprehensive solution to surprise billing.

Americans are eager to move beyond the shelter-in-place phase of the coronavirus response. But many are still anxious about safety. Public health leaders have laid out our next steps. State and local officials should follow the experts’ advice. The federal government should ensure that they’re able to.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

This blog explains U.S. PIRG's support for automated warning and contact tracing, subject to appropriate privacy and civil liberties protections, which can provide critical information quickly about who has potentially been exposed.

A guest blog from my colleague, Lisa Frank, from our grants team, sharing her story of testing for coronavirus.

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Joe Ready
Director, Democracy for the People Campaign

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an emergency for our democracy. If we don’t take decisive action now, we could end up with Wisconsin-like nightmares across the country come November -- with voters forced to make a lose-lose decision between their health and participating in democracy. To avoid that worst-case scenario, our number one priority right now should be expanding access to the most workable solution to this crisis: vote by mail.

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

The emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of how we raise food animals across the world. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Yesterday, U.S. PIRG joined leading consumer groups and bank trade associations in a joint letter urging Congress at the soonest possible opportunity to clarify that economic impact payments responding to this public health emergency are exempt from otherwise legally binding garnishment orders.

Each week, we’ll be posting a round-up of short stories from across our network from staff experiencing various COVID-related issues, and what they did about them.

To keep the sickest people alive during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we need ventilators. We don’t have them — and that says something about our priorities.