Blog: 2014

Consumers Provide Input on Debt Collection Laws

March 31st, 2014

With the introduction of the CFPB Rule-making Process at the end of 2013, there was an opportunity for agencies, creditors, and consumers alike to offer their input on debt collection laws. While collection agencies would like to see certain laws undergo a modernization process, consumers provided input about their own rights and the experience of being a debtor.

Three Important Reminders For National Consumer Protection Week

February 28th, 2014

From March 2-8, 2014, it will be the Federal Trade Commission's National Consumer Protection Week. This creates an opportunity for businesses across a number of industries to think about and discuss the importance of certain practices to protect the best interests of consumers.

In the collection industry this is an especially sensitive topic. The negative stigma often attached to our industry results, in part, from the difficult nature of the conversations we have with consumers. Those instances of abusive practices by the bad apples in our industry are especially harmful.

The Affiliated Group Named 2014 DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business of the Year Award Winner

February 20th, 2014

The Affiliated Group is proud to announce that we have been named a 2014 DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business of the Year Award Winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We are honored that our company philosophy and presence in the Rochester community earned us this award. TAG is one of 100 companies recognized with this honor.

Here is an excerpt from the U.S. Chamber's press release:

Financial Challenges, Healthcare Reform Top List of Concerns for Hospitals

February 19th, 2014

An annual survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives at the beginning of the year revealed top concerns for hospital CEOs. Not surprisingly, financial challenges topped the list, continuing a trend that has been consistent for the last 10 years. It is interesting, though, to consider the wrinkles to that challenge in the year 2014 and how they rank.

The top five challenges, as identified by hospital executives, were:

Gallup Poll Shows Decline In Uninsured Rate: Victory for Affordable Care Act?

February 17th, 2014

The Affordable Care Act was implemented, among many other reasons, so that more Americans would be able to afford health insurance. It seems basic to say so, but it is worth a reminder that it was the core philosophy behind the law (it's even in the name). In particular, it was thought that people from the ages 18-34 who were more likely to have no insurance in the past would be more likely to get coverage under the act.

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