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More consumers get health insurance enrollment extensions

Maryland is the latest state to give consumers extra time to enroll in health insurance for 2015 and avoid a tax penalty. Maryland Health Connection, the state-run health insurance marketplace, announced this week that Maryland residents who owe a federal tax penalty for not having coverage in 2014 would have an additional six weeks, from March 15 through April 30, to enroll in coverage for 2015.  Taxpayers in many states who are facing a tax penalty for lack of health insurance in 2014 will get an extension of up to 6 weeks to enroll in mandated coverage for 2015, the federal agency managing the national health insurance marketplace recently announced.

Detergent pods should be safer

Liquid detergent pods have grown in popularity since their introduction in 2012. But these packets have also become a health hazard for children, who might mistake the brightly colored, squishy packets for candy.

When going solar, should you lease or buy?


As the cost of solar technology drops, more and more homeowners are considering buying or leasing rooftop solar panels.

Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs are recording—and sharing—everything you watch


A few weeks ago, controversy erupted over smart TVs after a series of reports, including one from Consumer Reports, revealed that televisions made by Samsung and others could be recording their owners' private conversations.

When is it time to change winter tires?

Winter tires have a soft, pliable compound engineered to provide maximum grip on snowy and icy surfaces at freezing temperatures, but these specialized tires wear quickly and deliver longer stops on cleared roads compared to all-season tires.

How much energy does an Energy Star dryer save?


When you’re shopping for a new clothes dryer you’ll finally see the Energy Star logo on some dryers. Washing machines have long carried the Energy Star but for years dryers used about the same amount of energy and, without impressive differences in energy use, there is no Star.

What does 'no high fructose corn syrup' mean?


If the label on a grocery store product proclaims it has "no high fructose corn syrup," that doesn't mean the product is free of added sugars.

GMO foods: What you need to know


It’s a growing controversy: Should GMO foods always be labeled so consumers are aware that the product contains genetically modified ingredients?

How to choose the best humidifier for your space

Got a scratchy throat or chapped lips? Dry indoor air could be to blame. During the coldest days of winter, when air holds less moisture, humidity inside the home can drop to as low as 10 percent—30 to 50 percent is ideal.

FCC to make net neutrality the law

Update: The FCC voted 3-2 today to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and to adopt rules to ensure net neutrality. Ellen Bloom, senior director of federal policy for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said, “It would be hard to overstate how big of a deal this is for consumers and the future of the Internet.

Juiceman still champ in Consumer Reports' tests

Breville makes a lot of exceptional small appliances, including our top-rated food processor, the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A, and our number one toaster oven, the Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL.

The best matching washers and dryers


Matching washer and dryer pairs are a popular choice but some don't make a great couple. Their coordinating style and color make a statement, but you'll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that's tough on clothes ended up together.

Welcome to the infotainment revolution


In recent years, automakers have found more innovative ways to create infotainment touch screens, controller knobs, and voice-command software to do your bidding.

Putting tires to the snow test

Ten-degree temperatures, 40-mph wind gusts, and horizontal snow can only mean we are testing tires for snow traction at Jay Peak, Vt.

Who should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Q. I’m an ex-smoker, and my doctor recently recommended that I be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

FCC to make net neutrality the law

A long-anticipated vote on net neutrality is finally here. Today, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to take on new authority to enforce net neutrality rules, by classifying broadband services as “common carriers” under communications law.

10 cars worth waiting for


The Miata’s redesign will carry a wider, lower stance, and liberal use of aluminum body panels makes it about 150 pounds lighter.

Tips from the pros to get top dollar for your house


The spring home selling season is nearly here, so if you're thinking about entering the market, now's the time to get your house in order.

Some ‘identical’ mattresses have big differences


Take Consumer Reports' mattress Ratings along while you're shopping and a sales clerk may tell you that the mattress you’re looking for isn’t available anymore.

5 products on deep discount in March


You might think that because you faithfully compare prices online before buying, download coupons to your phone, and watch for deep discounts on yesterday's inventory as new models appear in stores, you're getting the best deals you possibly can.


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