Taxpayers are Paying for For-Profit Colleges

September 20, 2013

If there’s one thing all taxpayers want it’s value for their money, but there’s a big question about whether we’re actually getting it with for-profit colleges.

Many have been accused of predatory recruiting practices, providing substandard education and even falsifying job placement data.

But still, the U.S. government provides a whopping $30 billion a year in federal financial aid dollars to these schools.  It makes up nearly 90-percent of their total revenue. So why are we paying for it?

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Career Colleges Under Investigation

June 11, 2013

For-profit colleges say they offer working adults and other non-traditional students access to a college degree and career, but the promise doesn’t always work out so great for students or taxpayers.  Schools like ITT Tech, University of Phoenix, The Art Institutes and Kaplan are among those  that advertise they give you the skills to get a job.  Click here to watch this report on “For-Profit Colleges” by Dan Rather Reports.

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Learn to Save Money on Medical Costs

May 15, 2013

There’s often no rhyme or reason when it comes to what hospitals charge for medical procedures.  They can pretty much charge whatever they want to and do just that.  The evidence comes in the form of widely varying rates charged for the same procedure in the same geographic area.  ABC News examined the issue of inexplicable medical costs, while trying to help one family figure out how to save money on a tonsillectomy for their little boy.  Click here to watch.

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Why are the Rich So Rich, while Everyone Else Struggles?

May 10, 2013

Ordinary working Americans don’t seem to have as much of a chance anymore at striking it rich.  Over the past three decades, income disparity between the wealthy and middle class has exploded.  That makes it much harder for average people to pursue the American dream and nearly impossible for the poor.  Upward mobility in the United States is lagging far behind upward mobility in other industrialized countries.  If you’re feeling it, it’s not your imagination.  Click here to learn more and watch this fascinating documentary which is part of the “Why Poverty?” series: “Park Avenue: money, power and the American Dream”

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Nursing Home Chain Accused of Overbilling for Excess Care

May 9, 2013

Every year, Americans spend hundreds of billions of dollars on unnecessary medical tests and treatments.  Often times, that care goes to the elderly and all taxpayers end up paying for it through Medicare. CBS News has been investigating Life Care Centers of America, one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, for allegedly over-billing Medicare for unnecessary patient rehab.  Click here to watch this investigative report by CBS reporter Jeff Glore.

Do Non-Profit Hospitals Give as Much as They Get?

April 30, 2013

Many hospitals in your community no doubt enjoy tax exempt status because they are designated as non-profit.  But what does that really mean?  It’s not that they don’t make a profit, because they most likely do. The difference is these corporations are supposed to give back to their communities. Reporter Marni Jameson took a fascinating look at the issue in a front page story in the Orlando Sentinel.  Click here to learn more about what she discovered.

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Top Tax Scams to Avoid

April 3, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service is out with it’s annual list of the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.  Topping the list is “Identity Theft.” Coming in second is “phishing” and third is “Tax Preparer Fraud.”  Click here for more information and to watch an interview from CNN Money.

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Look Out for Secret Charges on Your Credit Card Bill

February 21, 2013

We’ve heard about secret little charges being slipped into your phone bills, but now comes word that your credit card bills are being targeted, too.  That prompted the Federal Trade Commission to issue a Consumer Alert.  They call these mystery charges that appear on your bill “cramming,” and they can really add up, if you don’t catch them.  ABC News Reporter Cecelia Vega filed this report on what you should look out for. Click here to watch.

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How Do Roadside Flowers Compare?

February 13, 2013

If you’re ever in a pinch and need to get a bouquet of flowers quickly, those roadside flower stands can come in awfully handy. But just how well do they compare to flowers you buy from the florist or an online service? CWN’s Angie Moreschi decided to find out. Click here to see how cheap flowers compare to expensive ones.

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Go Red for Women! Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

February 1, 2013

If you’re a woman, you probably think the last thing that will happen to you is a heart attack. Think again. Heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Today is a day to raise your awareness on the warning signs. The American Heart Association developed its “Go Red for Women” campaign to help educate all women and those who love them about the warning signs of a heart attack. This video “It’s Just a Little Heart Attack” really hits home.   It’s a must see. Click here to check it out!

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