Consumers' CHECKBOOK Program

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The GAIL Program is pleased to announce its partnership with Washington Consumers' CHECKBOOK. This new program will give Greenbelt Assistance in Living Program members, their caregivers or families access to free online unbiased rating of numerous kinds of local service firms, such as auto repairs shops, plumbers, carpet cleaners, window installers, veterinarians, doctors and opticians to name a few.

It provides program participants with their unbiased rating based on in-depth evaluations of thousands of firms. You will also find advice on how to size up firms, deal with the firms you select and how you might be able to do work yourself, so you wouldn’t need to hire a firm at all. As a program participant you will have online access to CHECKBOOK magazine articles published since the time your subscription began as well as previous articles. In addition to firm ratings you will also have access to “Consumer Information Exchange” where subscribers can post their recommendations on a host of services plus their Guide to Top Doctors and their Guide to Top Hospitals.


To enroll in the GAIL Consumers' CHECKBOOK Program all you have to do is contact the GAIL Program Office and confirm you name, Greenbelt address, phone number, and email address. A list of residents will be compiled and sent on a weekly basis to the Consumers' CHECKBOOK for processing. Residents will have access to the website through the contract year.

During the month of May the GAIL Program will contact all residents participating with the program to assess their satisfaction with the program. Based on resident feedback, the determination will be made whether to continue with the partnership for the next fiscal year.

You must have a valid email address to use the web-based program. GAIL participants will receive a personalized login for the site developed by the staff at Consumers' CHECKBOOK. Email address will be kept confidential and not sold to any outside entities. Email address must be maintained to ensure uninterrupted service. If you change email accounts please contact our office and we will update your record.

If you do not have an email address you can still access the information through the GAIL Program Office or if you would like to enroll in the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Program please call 301-345-6660, ext. 2012 or 2022.