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  • Protecting Yourself from Telephone Marketing Fraud

    Telemarketers often use illegal and deceptive practices such as contests, free prizes, sweepstakes, fake charities and other tricks to seduce older Iowans out of their hard-earned savings. Read More

  • Telephone and Utility: New Rules Help Cut Costs of Phone Service

    The Iowa Utilities Board put rules in effect to make telephone service cost less for low-income Iowans. The rules apply to anyone who takes part in the Medicaid, food stamp, SSI, federal public housing assistance, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program ("LIHEAP") programs. Read More

  • Telephone Slamming

    Telephone slamming occurs when a telephone company changes your telephone service without your consent. Slamming is illegal, and you can protect yourself from being slammed by following a few tips. Read More

  • Consumer Brochures

    Helpful information from the National Consumer Law Center for consumers and advocates on a range of issues from bankruptcy to telemarketing fraud. Content Detail

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    National Consumer Law Center
  • Dealing With Medical Debt

    It is important to plan for medical expenses. Equally important is knowing how to deal with medical bills when you have no money to pay them. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Telephone Slamming - Protections and Remedies

    Telephone slamming occurs when a telephone company changes your telephone service without your consent. Slamming is illegal, and you can protect yourself from being slammed by following a few tips. Read More

  • The Federal Trade Commission

    Your funeral may be one of the most expensive consumer purchases you or your family ever makes. Most people, however, do not handle a funeral purchase the same way they approach other major purchases. To avoid overspending, it helps to understand your rights under the "Funeral Rule" enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. Read More

  • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income people pay for winter heating costs. The amount of money a person can get depends on household income and size, fuel used, and the type of housing. LIHEAP is not intended to take care of the whole bill - it helps cover costs where the need is greatest. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Help With Phone Equipment for Iowans with a Hearing Disability

    If you are an Iowan and have a hearing disability, you can get help with special phone or other equipment to make it easier to talk or communicate by phone Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Prioritize Your Insurance Needs

    A review of the main kinds of insurance and if any make sense for you. Read More

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    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • The Golden Years and Debt

    Major changes older people face often have a dramatic impact on their finances. Someone who is not realistic in dealing with these changes can be trapped by expenses and spending that quickly deplete savings. Read More

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