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You'd be surprised what drives up life insurance costs

It's probably no surprise that age and health affect life insurance costs, but there are other surprising factors

A simple Wyden waiver

Via Andrew Sprung at Xpostfactoid, there is a potentially easy Wyden waiver application for states that actually want their population to get good health insurance on the Exchanges: Austin Frakt has a series of posts (1,2,3) reviewing...Show More Summary

Government Health Insurance Website Getting Upgrades

Andrew Harnik/AP By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON -- Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier this year to get basic questions answered about their doctors, medications and costs, according to an internal government document. A slide presentation dated Sept. Show More Summary

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Is Helping The Uninsured -- Where It's Allowed To

3 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

The Affordable Care Act’s chief aim is to extend coverage to people without health insurance. One of the 2010 law’s primary means to achieve that goal is expanding Medicaid eligibility to more people near the poverty level. But a crucial court ruling in 2012 granted states the power to reject the Medicaid expansion. Show More Summary Government health insurance website getting upgrades

Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier this year to get basic questions answered about their doctors, medications and costs, according to an internal government document. A slide presentation dated Sept. 29 says's window-shopping feature...

Small firms in a pinch for health insurance options

Richard Romanoff, owner of the Bronx meat distributor Nebraskaland, decided to give Health Republic Insurance a shot when it debuted in 2014. The price was right—the lowest quote—and... To view the full story, click the title link.

CFPB To Consider Rules That Would Revoke Banks’ “License To Steal”

The lengthy, often complicated terms of use for more than half of all credit cards — and nearly half of all federally insured bank deposits — include clauses that force customers into arbitration, taking away their right to sue these companies in a court of law and usually blocking them from joining together in a class action. Critics argue that …

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15 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The 32-member Columbia Classical Ballet completely lost its home in the 1,000 year flood that hit South Carolina last week. Artistic Director Radenko Pavlovich told NPR that the facility was a total loss and that insurance may only cover around...

Konami Completely Jumps the Shark With 'Metal Gear Solid V' Insurance Micro-Transactions

Real money buys real insurance against pesky consequences in 'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.'

Peter Harmer named IAG CEO

Mike Wilkins retiring as head of insurer after more than seven years, Harmer to take helm in Nov.

Hillary Clinton’s Proposed Changes to Health Law Zero In on Affordability

17 hours agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be more willing to confront insurers and drug makers over high prices, going beyond such measures in the Affordable Care Act.

Oklahoma woman diagnosed with brain tumor the same day she loses her health coverage

18 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

A Midwest City, Oklahoma woman learned that she has a life-threatening brain tumor — on the same day she got dropped from her parents’ health insurance because she turned 26. According to KFOR Channel 4, Laci Vaughan received her diagnosis in April on the day of her 26th birthday. “I...

A Lawyer Returns to the Blogosphere

I stopped blogging after the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Advertising found that a statement of opinion posted on a law firm’s website, such as “tort reform benefits insurers,” violated Florida Bar Rule 4-7.13, since it was not “objectively verifiable.”  My firm promptly filed a federal lawsuit to challenge this and other positions taken by... Show More Summary

Can an insurer actually improve the plight of the PCP?

Part of a series. PCPs in the current reimbursement model are obliged for business reasons to see many patients per day which, of course, means less time per patient. PCPs are frustrated, and patients are less satisfied. With less time, it is hard to build a strong doctor–patient relationship and without it there is less […]

Myles Jack Will Be Just Fine

18 hours agoSports : Deadspin

Two weeks after a season-ending injury, UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has announced his withdrawal from school and his intention to enter next spring’s NFL draft. And because of an insurance policy he took out on his health after his breakout freshman year, it’s a win-win proposition for him. Read more...

MetLife buys majority stake in upcoming San Francisco office tower

MetLife Inc. is taking a majority stake in a 43-story office tower being built next to San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, expanding the biggest U.S. life insurer's holdings in one of the... To view the full story, click the title link.

The Club for Growth, Equity, and Social Insurance

I have a new column: Economic Growth vs. Social Insurance—Why Can’t We Have Both?: Why do Republicans on the campaign trail tend to emphasize policies that are focused on enhancing long-run economic growth while Democrats tend to focus more on...

The Basics of Lender Paid Mortgage Insurance

If you are purchasing a home and putting less than 20 percent down on it, you will be required to pay mortgage insurance, otherwise known as PMI. This insurance helps the lender know that he is covered should you default on the loan, rather than leaving him out of luck. Show More Summary

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