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August 6, 2015
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Georgia Watch Publishes 2014 Court Watch Report
Georgia Watch released its seventh Court Watch Report, which analyzes decisions of the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals that have a significant impact on consumers. The topics covered in the 2014 Court Watch Report include: access to justice; government transparency and accountability; healthcare, torts, insurance, and consumer finance. Read more>
Department of Defense Finalizes MLA Rule to Protect Military Personnel from Exploitation
On July 21, the Department of Defense announced that they will expand existing credit protections afforded to service members and their families through the Military Lending Act. "We were particularly concerned with how the Department would define consumer credit," said Georgia Watch director of community education, Elise Blasingame. The new rule expands protections afforded to military personnel under the MLA and closed several predatory loopholes to prevent financial exploitation of our troops. Read more>
Examining Rural Healthcare Through PCORI
Georgia Watch is currently convening Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, patients, nursing educators, patient/caregiver advocacy groups and other stakeholders and providers to discuss a research project that will examine health outcomes in rural communities where nurse practitioners provide primary care.  This project is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline-to-Proposal Award, administered on behalf of PCORI by the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University.  To get involved, please visit:
Georgia Watch and Rep. Hank Johnson Send CFPB Birthday Message on Payday Lending
Five years after the enactment of the law that created it, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working on rules to curb the abuses of the payday lending industry. As it takes up that momentous task, Georgia Watch and Representative Hank Johnson (4th District) sent the Bureau a message of encouragement to take action against predatory lenders through a strong national payday rule. Read our message> 
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