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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Travel Dilemmas: 7 Tips On Trip Insurance

Because travelers tend to be savvy about not wasting money, it’s tempting to turn off the “what if” messages you hear in your head and forgo insurance.

November 24, 2015

‘Do The Math’ When Shopping For A Health Plan This Open Enrollment Season

Experts say consumers who buy their own insurance under the Affordable Care Act should shop around, even if they’re already in a plan they like. They should spend the time doing the math to ensure their plan suits their situation.

November 17, 2015

Taking The Really Long View On Long-Term Care Insurance

As a financial planner who also sells long-term care insurance, Regi Armstrong always planned to buy a policy at some point. The only question was when.

November 4, 2015
When paying cash for a prescription is cheaper than using insurance

When Paying Cash For A Prescription Is Cheaper Than Using Insurance

Having a smart, compassionate pharmacist is a big bonus.

July 6, 2015
Google is testing Tesla's Model S as an autonomous vehicle. via Flickr

Are Insurers Prepared For Self-Driving Cars?

Auto insurers are unprepared for the changes self-driving vehicles will create for their business and most don’t think the technology will have a significant impact for at least a decade, according to a study released Wednesday by consulting firm KPMG.

June 17, 2015
Helath, Medical Care, Pharmacists, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Team-Based Medicine, Insurance

Out From Behind The Counter, Pharmacists Bring Their Own Take To Health Care

“Team-based medical care…is a central feature of the Affordable Care Act. But as different workers collaborate, there’s concern that pharmacists could overstep their bounds.”

April 9, 2015

Sterling Raskie: Your Year’s Money Checklist

It’s time to seriously gear up to make your financial goals for 2015 real.

March 5, 2015
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Illinois Turning To Insurance Agents For Obamacare Outreach

Insurance agents’ role in the Affordable Care Act signup process is steadily growing.

January 16, 2015

Obamacare’s Guaranteed Health Coverage Changes Many Lives In First Year

For millions of Americans like Lisa Gray, Obamacare is working.

January 7, 2015
Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses CPAC 2014 (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Secret Swipe At Obamacare — And You

Republicans successfully buried an attack against Obamacare in the new spending bill.

December 15, 2014

Are We There Yet? The Next Big Crash Might Be Around the Corner

How cheap gas prices could signal a major problem for the market.

December 8, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Obamacare Enrollment At 7.3 Million In August, Down From April

More people need to sign up for the law to remain sustainable.

September 18, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate: Medicaid Expansion Is ‘Working’

David Young acknowledged the benefits of Medicaid expansion in a debate last week.

September 18, 2014

Body Mass Index: What Is It And Is It Useful?

Anybody who tracks their own weight and level of fitness is familiar with BMI (Body Mass Index). It’s a number determined by dividing one’s weight in pounds by one’s height in inches squared, and multiplying the result by 703, and it’s designed to indicate whether or not people are underweight, overweight, obese, or just right. […]

August 28, 2014

FEMA Will Look At Superstorm Sandy Claims Payouts

By Herb Jackson, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) WASHINGTON — Under pressure from Northeast senators, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday that an independent government watchdog will examine whether anti-fraud efforts are shortchanging victims of Superstorm Sandy. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate also indicated at a Senate subcommittee hearing that the government […]

July 31, 2014

Md. Man Appeared To Plot To Kill Del. Judge, Authorities Say

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — The founder of an embattled Maryland-based insurance company appears to have been plotting to kill a Delaware judge overseeing the liquidation of his business, recording himself on a trip to scout out his targets and acquiring a cache of weapons, federal authorities allege in court filings. Jeffrey […]

July 11, 2014

Patients Find Fewer Doctors, Hospitals To Choose From

By Misty Williams, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — The cancer had already spread to her abdomen by the time Beth Brock managed to escape from her health insurance nightmare. The Woodstock business owner learned last fall her insurance didn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s new standards, so she reluctantly chose a different health plan that […]

June 30, 2014

Report: Over 27 Million Previously Uninsured Americans Now Eligible For Coverage Under Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 56 percent — or 27.7 million individuals – by 2016, according to an updated report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report supports the findings of a March Gallup poll that showed the percentage of uninsured consistently decreasing. In mid-2013, 18 percent lacked health […]

May 29, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall

Washington (AFP) – New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits fell last week to 300,000, pulling the trend line to its lowest level in nearly seven years, the Labor Department said Thursday. New claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, fell by 27,000 in the week to May 24. The four-week moving average fell […]

May 29, 2014

Insurance Plan For Farm Workers Falls Short Of Obamacare Rules

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two landmark liberal health care achievements are on a collision course in California, and the result could be higher costs for taxpayers. Years ago, legendary activist Cesar Chavez helped create the first health insurance plan for farm workers who toiled for meager wages in California’s fields. The […]

May 27, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall After Easter-Period Surge

Washington (AFP) – New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits fell last week following a short-lived surge, bringing them back in line with the past year’s level, official data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled 319,000 in the week ending May 3, compared with 345,000 the prior week, […]

May 8, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Varies Widely From State To State

By Noam Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sign-ups for insurance through President Barack Obama’s health-care law varied widely across the nation in the first year for the system’s state marketplaces, according to a new government report that shows consumers flocked to coverage in some states while enrollment fell well short of targets elsewhere. These differences […]

May 1, 2014

Number Of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the health care law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured. Just 14.7 percent of […]

April 7, 2014

Insurers Ponder 2015 Prices As Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Looms

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — After months of head counts for Obamacare, it is the medical bills that will start to matter now. Even before enrollment closes Monday, California has far exceeded its initial goals for signing up people under the Affordable Care Act. Although the sheer volume of 1.1 million policyholders […]

March 31, 2014

More Than Six Million Have Signed Up For Health Insurance, Obama Says

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau ROME — With a March 31 deadline looming, the White House announced Thursday that more than six million people have signed up for health insurance through online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. That number falls short of the goal of seven million sign-ups that administration officials had […]

March 27, 2014