Michael Finney answers your consumer questions

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Fed up? Curious? Furious?! If you need help, just ask Michael Finney, your own consumer expert from 7 On Your Side!

7 On Your Side's Consumer expert Michael Finney answers your questions, every weekday on ABC7 Mornings. Submit your video questions and tune in at 6 a.m.

Question 1:
Elaina from Daly City asked: Can a landlord say they do not accept Section 8 when renting out their property?

Answer:
Landlords cannot just accept Section 8 vouchers. They have to sign up and apply first. There is no law starting they must, so the short answer is they do not need to accept them. When looking for a new place to live, ask if they accept Section 8 vouchers. Another good starting point is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Click here for more information.

Question 2:
Danielle from Moraga asked: Where should I look if I want to start investing money>

Answer:
First, sign up for your 401K at work. Many companies match your money and it grows tax free. A deal too good to pass up. Next, start reading a bit about investing online. Kiplingers.com is a good starting point. Also, check out Charles Schwab and other low cost brokers. They offer online advice. Then, once you know a bit, invest in mutual funds that track a large part of the market, like the S&P 500, that type of thing. It's not rocket science. What seems hard today will be a breeze in a few months if you start educating yourself on the topic.

Question 3:
Margaret from Daly City asked: Am I responsible for a medical bill if I was unaware the doctor was out of network and I did not give consent?

Answer:
This is a common problem, so there are systems in place. Since you did not give consent to an out-of-network doctor at an in-network facility, you should file a grievance with your health provider. Tell them you should not be responsible for the extra costs. If that doesn't work, contact the California Department of Managed Health Care.
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