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.
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]