Can grocery stores sell meat if package's vacuum seal is broken?

Dear Consumer Ed:  Can grocery stores sell meat in vacuum-sealed plastic packages if the seal is broken?  I’ve noticed several big name stores that will offer manager’s specials for such products, but I thought it was illegal to sell them if the vacuum seal is broken.

Optometrist refusing to provide contact lens prescription

Dear Consumer Ed:  I recently had my eyes examined by an optometrist, but in order to save money, I wanted to order my contact lenses from an online provider. When I asked the optometrist for the prescription, they told me they would only give it to me if I bought contacts from them.

Is microblading safe and legal?

Dear Consumer Ed:  I am seeing advertisements for microblading. I’d love to have thicker-looking brows, but I am wondering if this procedure is legal and safe?

Optometrist won't send revised claim to insurance company

Dear Consumer Ed:  I just had my eyes examined and my optometrist prescribed progressive lenses.  The cost for the new glasses was $650.

Health club closing, won't let me out of my contract

Dear Consumer Ed:  Last month I made an advance payment of $407 for a membership at a health club. I just received an email from the business stating they are closing down the location I joined and offering no refunds.

Collection agency claims it will reduce my outstanding hospital debt if I pay now

Dear Consumer Ed:  I just received a call from a collection agency concerning an outstanding hospital bill I owe for $1,100.  They said that if I pay within a week they’ll reduce the debt to $400.  Do they have the ability to do that, or do I have to worry about another agency contacting me in th

Doctor's office closed and I cannot access my medical records

Dear Consumer Ed:  My doctor’s office closed down and now I don’t have access to my medical records.  Aren’t these types of records supposed to be kept on file for several years so patients are protected from something like this happening?

I don't think my elderly father is fit to drive anymore

Dear Consumer Ed:  My father is 87 years old, and I don’t believe he should be driving any longer.  I’ve told him that I’m afraid he’s going to hurt himself or someone else, but he just gets angry and refuses to discuss it.

Medical bills exceed amount quoted

Dear Consumer Ed:  I recently underwent outpatient surgery.  The doctor’s office told me that my out-of-pocket costs would be $525.  I paid the money and had the procedure.  A month later I received two bills: one for $150 for the anesthesiologist and one for $110 for the surgeon.  I don’t think

Prescription Discount Cards

I have been seeing pop-up ads and mail solicitations for prescription discount cards. They aren’t asking for money, but it seems too good to be true. Are such cards legitimate?