From:                              The Northwest Consumer Law Center <sheila@nwclc.org>

Sent:                               Thursday, June 23, 2016 2:47 PM

To:                                   Noah Samuels

Subject:                          Regain your health, protect your finances

 

We thought you might like to know about some things happening in the consumer world. Click on the bold, blue text to read more on each topic. Insult

 

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We thought you might like to know about some things happening in the consumer world. Click on the bold, blue text to read more on each topic.

 

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Insult to Injury

As if it weren't hard enough to deal with a serious, long-term illness, a recent report found that cancer patients in our state are two to five times more likely to go bankrupt from the financial burden. Last May we gave a presentation to advocates at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to help them help their clients protect their finances. We've also made a handout for anybody who wants to learn about this topic - click here to download it.

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Don't Pay for a Shady Education

As the Foreclosure Crisis winds down (for now), we've been turning our focus to the $1.3 trillion dollar mountain of student loan debt in the U.S. - where, as with any big lending industry, many borrowers fall victim to fraud. New federal regulations issued earlier this month may help by making it easier to sue or have loans forgiven if a school turns out to be "dodgy." Those enjoying legitimate educations but still struggling to repay their loans should click here to explore their options.

 

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Not a Crime to be Poor...or is it?

We commend the work our colleagues at Columbia Legal Services have done to bring awareness to legal financial obligations, or LFOs, court-imposed fines and fees related to a criminal conviction trapping people in a debt spiral that repeatedly lands them back in jail - effectively a modern day debtor's prison. University of Washington Sociology Professor Alexes Harris spent eight years investigating this problem and just published a book on her findings. If this concerns you as much as it does us, it can't hurt to tell your lawmakers how you feel.

 

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The Federal Trade Commission's most recent Annual Summary of Consumer Complaints shows that debt collection is one of the top problems for consumers. With your support, we can protect Washington consumers from illegal debt collection and make sure debt collectors act fairly. Click here or on the "Justice Mobile" to the right to donate.

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