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Guest Editor’s Introduction to the Special Issue on Health and Consumer Finance

Health and consumer finance are hard to disentangle. Social and power structure in the imperfect healthcare market favor suppliers and their regulators. The asymmetric control of resources and information by the industry renders consumers impotent...

Patterns and Factors Associated with Medical Expenses and Health Insurance Premium

Financial Status and Body Mass Index (BMI) of Middle-Aged and Older Men and Women

Self-reported Health Status and Medical Debt

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The hot topic in the world of military finance is the Blended Retirement System (BRS). The Department of Defense (DOD) has been working diligently to help prepare and inform service members of this upcoming change. It was signed into law as part of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Pursuant to the Act, Congress elected to fund...

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The AFCPE staff has been so busy over the last few months, it is hard to believe that Spring has sprung already! It is such a hopeful season with new life emerging all around, and we share that excitement and forward thinking for this organization and our field. Here are just a few efforts we are working on:


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Poor financial status is associated with high BMI in both men and women.

Fellows Provide Military Service Members and Their Families with Financial Counseling and Education Services While Earning Professional AFC® Credential

This year’s award winners are truly setting the highest standard. They are motivating change, bridging gaps and creating incredible impact in the lives of the individuals and families whom they serve. Our 2017 winners represent diversity in innovation, expertise and leadership.


The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has awarded fellowships to 50 military spouses seeking to earn their AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor®) designation to provide military service members and their families one-on-one and group financial counseling and education.

Four out of five Americans owe some kind of debt and that makes many of us ripe targets for illicit operators that use illegal techniques to collect debts – including red ink that may never have been incurred. Today, the nonprofit and noncommercial Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®) issued a first-ever Consumer Bulletin about consumer debt collection abuses.

Ambitious Statewide "Building the Bridge" Program Launched to Encourage More Ohio Residents to Save and Invest for Retirement; Events Planned in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati/Dayton.

"Building a Bridge": Public TV Documentary, 3 Community Events & Pro Bono Financial Counseling and Planning Part of Ambitious Campaign Across Ohio.

Opportunity for Military Spouses to Earn A Career-Enhancing Credential While Providing Financial Readiness to Military Service Members and Families.

"This year's award winners represent diversity in innovation, expertise and leadership," said AFCPE Executive Director, Rebecca Wiggins. "Our members are making incredible accomplishments across financial education, research, and practice – setting the standard for the important work happening in our field."

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