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Mar 05, 2015 How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work

QUOTE: employers are now paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp than at any time since the 1970s. Nonetheless, dozens of legislatures have changed their workers’ comp laws, often citing the need to compete with neighboring states and be more attractive to business. The changes have forced injured workers’ families and taxpayers “to subsidize the vast majority of the lost income and medical care costs generated by these conditions”...

Dec 05, 2014 A Liability Risk for Airbnb Hosts

QUOTE: And now comes Airbnb with its free $1 million liability coverage that will cover the hosts for its tens of thousands of United States listings. How can it afford to provide this for nothing, to everybody? Well, it is “secondary” coverage, which means that it, too, wants hosts to push any claims for guests’ injuries and deaths through hosts’ own insurance companies first. So how might that work in practice, or would it at all? ...One thing came through loud and clear from the handful of companies that did not dodge my inquiries entirely: Most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies do not cover regular commercial activity in the home.

International New York Times
Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care

QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,” 

New York Times
Dec 02, 2013 As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

QUOTE: A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries...Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers of middlemen, play a significant role in escalating hospital bills, of course. But just as important is that mergers and consolidation have resulted in a couple of hospital chains — like Partners in Boston, or Banner in Phoenix — dominating many parts of the country...

New York Times
Nov 14, 2013 Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance

QUOTE: President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people on health plans that were to be canceled under the new law because they did not meet minimum standards.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2013 Fine Print and Red Tape in Long-Term Care Policies

QUOTE: Many Americans now in their 80s and 90s who are collecting benefits — or trying to — bought their policies decades ago when the policies were more restrictive than now. On top of that, many insurers have since left the business after mispricing the policies and failing to judge the economics of the industry, which has made collecting payments even more difficult.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2012 After the Storm: Your Homeowner’s Claim (Your Money)

QUOTE: Many victims of Hurricane Sandy are novices when it comes to catastrophic insurance claims. So to see what sort of resistance they should expect shortly, I turned to the lawyers and adjusters-for-hire who do nothing but negotiate with insurance companies all day long.

New York Times
Feb 10, 2012 N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply

QUOTE: Some New York Catholic institutions...chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers. But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.

New York Times
Jan 30, 2012 Lower-Income Families May Pay More for Auto Insurance

QUOTE: Many low-income families cannot afford car insurance, at least in part because insurers price their policies in ways that cost them more...

New York Times
Jun 08, 2011 Judges Weigh Limits of Health Law’s Powers

QUOTE: The law, the Affordable Care Act, enacted in March 2010, aims to insure 32 million Americans by mandating that most people obtain health insurance, subsidizing policies for the poor and requiring that insurers accept even those with pre-existing health problems....Among 31 separate legal challenges to the law, five cases have yielded decisions on the merits from lower-level district court judges.

New York Times
Apr 21, 2011 Not All Homeowners’ Policies Are Alike

QUOTE: The upshot, he said, was that such changes were “an indication that insurers are writing policies so they can deny claims whenever they want…” The National Association of Insurance Commissioners… has formed a working group to propose ways to make insurance contracts more transparent for consumers.

New York Times
Feb 02, 2011 Senate Rejects Repeal of Health Care Law

QUOTE: "Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated a bid by Republicans to repeal last year’s sweeping health care overhaul, as they successfully mounted a party-line defense of President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement."

New York Times
Dec 13, 2010 Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law

QUOTE: The judge, Henry E. Hudson of Federal District Court in Richmond, said the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain insurance exceeded the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause... “Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market.”

New York Times
Jun 25, 2010 Natural Disasters Happen. Will Your Home Be Ready?

QUOTE: Getting out of your home safely is the priority in a storm. But from a financial point of view, homeowners should focus on protecting their property long before a storm is bearing down.

New York Times
Jun 16, 2010 Negotiators in Congress to Discuss Rule for Brokers

QUOTE: On the surface, both the brokerage and the financial planning industries appear to agree that advisers of all stripes should be subject to a consistent fiduciary standard. But behind the scenes, the groups are divided on how exactly it will work, while the insurance industry has been opposed to the standard.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2010 Bringing Comparison Shopping to the Doctor’s Office

QUOTE: there has been no easy way for consumers to shop for the best deal on a colonoscopy or blood test. A start-up financed by prominent venture capitalists and the Cleveland Clinic, Castlight Health, aims to change that by building a search engine for health care prices.

New York Times
May 22, 2010 No criminal charges for executives in troubled AIG subsidiary

QUOTE: The Justice Department has closed its high-profile investigation into current and former executives of an American International Group subsidiary that was linked to the insurance giant's near collapse, sources familiar with the probe said Friday evening.

Washington Post
Oct 09, 2009 Legislation targets those who bet on death: Some investors pay seniors for the right to take out life policies on them. Proposed bill in California has some industry support.

QUOTE: New efforts are underway in Sacramento to regulate how investors buy and sell existing life insurance policies, a practice that critics contend allows speculators to make money by wagering on when a person will die.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 05, 2009 New Exotic Investments Emerging on Wall Street

QUOTE: some are dismayed by Wall Street’s quick return to its old ways, chasing profits with complicated new product

New York Times
Sep 02, 2009 The Fix Is In: The hidden public-private cartel that sets health care prices.

QUOTE: Fundamentally, the entire payment model of American health care drives medical centers, doctors, and hospital managers to push for more fancy procedures at the expense of primary care doctors.

Aug 01, 2009 Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors: Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as 'Death Care'

QUOTE: A campaign on conservative talk radio has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia."....But on right-leaning radio programs, religious e-mail lists and Internet blogs, the proposal has been described as "guiding you in how to die," "an ORDER from the Government to end your life," promoting "death care" and, in the words of antiabortion leader Randall Terry, an attempt to "kill Granny."

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2009 Pay-as-you-drive insurance, privacy, and government mandates

QUOTE: California's new pay-as-you-drive plan has all kinds of consumer and environmental benefits, but privacy advocates like the EFF are concerned that drivers will end up forced into allowing Orwellian tracking of location and driving styles. What kind of balance should be struck between privacy and efficiency?

Ars Technica
Jun 26, 2009 Getting Insurance for One’s Frailest Years

QUOTE: Long-term care insurance, something that wasn’t so common back when my dad could have bought it, seems like one solution. These policies are offered as a way to pay for a nursing home, assisted living, home health care and other costs associated with growing older. But where to begin?

New York Times
Dec 18, 2008 Psychiatrists Revise the Book of Human Troubles

QUOTE: Is compulsive shopping a mental problem? Do children who continually recoil from sights and sounds suffer from sensory problems — or just need extra attention? Should a fetish be considered a mental disorder, as many now are? Panels of psychiatrists are hashing out just such questions, and their answers — to be published in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — will have consequences for insurance reimbursement, research and individuals’ psychological identity for years to come.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2008 What Happens When Your Insurer Goes Under? (Your Money)

QUOTE: If you’re looking to switch insurance companies, start with a top-rated one, but also keep an eye out for too-good-to-be-true terms or brand new riders or features. They may not be truly battle-tested. Also, don’t stop paying premiums on your old policy until the new one is up and running.

New York Times
Oct 29, 2008 Solutions to the health care problem

QUOTE: Is health care a right or a responsibility? During the third presidential debate, Barack Obama declared it to be a right, while John McCain called it a responsibility.
Aug 28, 2008 Medical Bills You Shouldn't Pay: In a controversial practice known as "balance billing," health-care providers are going after patients for money they don't owe

QUOTE: As health-care costs continue to soar, millions of confused consumers are paying medical bills they don't actually owe. Typically this occurs when an insurance plan covers less than what a doctor, hospital, or lab service wants to be paid. The health-care provider demands the balance from the patient....this common practice, known as balance billing, often is illegal.

Jul 03, 2008 Georgia Bars Insurance Firm Over Violations

QUOTE: Regulators in Georgia have barred a California company from doing business in their state, saying it violated rules adopted in 2007 to prevent the sale of misleading or unsuitable life insurance policies to military personnel.

New York Times
May 07, 2008 Identity thieves prey on patients' medical records

QUOTE: Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, an advocacy group, says "sophisticated crime rings" often can make more money by stealing medical identities than by going after individuals' bank accounts or credit cards. "If you steal someone's medical identity, then multiply that by 100 or 1,000" other thefts "and do fake billings, you can make hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars," Dixon says.

Apr 23, 2008 High court: Do health insurance plans have conflict of interest? MetLife withdrew the long-term disability benefits of an Ohio woman after she got better.

QUOTE: On Wednesday, the justices are set to examine how judges should approach policyholder disputes involving companies that both evaluate and pay medical disability claims administered under a federal retirement income law. Do such companies operate in a conflict of interest between caring for their policyholders and enriching their shareholders? If such a conflict exists, how rigorously should federal judges examine decisions to deny benefits?

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 18, 2008 Amid Brokers' Woes, Investor Accounts Are Mostly Protected

QUOTE: ...Bear's situation raises concerns about what could happen to individual investors if a major brokerage firm goes under. Fortunately, the system of regulatory rules in place should protect most investors.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Nov 23, 2007 Insurers Shift Cost Burdens to Homeowners

QUOTE: Yet some industry experts and consumer advocates say that efforts by the insurers to increase profits, after years of taking losses on home insurance, are shifting more of the burden of repairs and reconstruction to homeowners. The cutbacks in coverage, consumer advocates say, have contributed to the slow recovery of the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina and will most likely hamper recovery from the recent wildfires in California.

New York Times
Oct 25, 2007 Firefighters Get Control as Questions Rise

QUOTE: The fires of October 2007 have sharpened questions about the costs of protecting the increasing numbers of people who live in remote and highly flammable areas, reawakened old jealousies that simmer across Southern California and forced new examination of the tension between the need for local emergency services and the willingness to pay for them.

New York Times
Oct 23, 2007 The next battle for wildfire victims: Insurance: Consumers could get stiffed on reimbursement for razed homes, and even get dropped by their insurance companies, consumer advocates warn.

QUOTE: Consumer advocates warn that insurance firms could take a hard line with their policyholders in the wake of the wildfire disaster, by skimping on claim payments or going so far as to refuse to write new policies altogether.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 17, 2007 Children’s Health Bill Dispute Turns to Income Limits

QUOTE: When the House votes Thursday on whether to override the veto, Republicans will insist that the answer is yes. They will express outrage that rich children could get coverage from the government while hundreds of thousands of poor children still go uninsured. Democrats say it is a total distortion for Mr. Bush and his Republican allies to say that the bill allows coverage with family incomes up to $83,000 a year.

New York Times
Oct 16, 2007 Home Insurers Canceling in East

QUOTE: In the last three years, more than three million homeowners have received letters like the Grays’ as insurance companies, determined to avoid another $40 billion Katrina bill, have essentially begun to redraw the outline of the eastern United States somewhere west of the Appalachian Trail.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2007 Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system’s huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options encouraged by the Bush administration...

New York Times
Oct 01, 2007 Insurers fight law on punitive payouts

QUOTE: Insurance giants like Allstate, State Farm, Safeco and Farmers have poured more than $8 million into the referendum battle. Their goal is to convince voters to reject a law passed earlier this year that could force insurers to pay up to triple damages and lawyer fees if they fail to pay a legitimate claim and then lose in court.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 03, 2007 Insurers Bear Brunt of Anger in New Orleans

QUOTE: Insurance companies may have paid out $11 billion to Louisianians in the two years since Hurricane Katrina, but they have also become a new villain in the tales people tell about the slow recovery here. Every neighborhood is full of horror stories about companies that reneged on their promises, offered only pennies on the dollar in settlements, dribbled out payments, deliberately underestimated the costs of repairs, dropped longtime customers and sharply increased the price of coverage.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2007 Senate Panel Investigates How Insurers Sell to Elderly

QUOTE: A Congressional committee has opened an investigation into companies that train sales agents to market themselves to older consumers through impressive-sounding credentials and controversial tactics.

New York Times
Jul 18, 2007 Ground Zero Workers Seek Insurance Funds

QUOTE: Ailing rescue workers from the World Trade Center site filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that a $1 billion insurance fund set up after Sept. 11, 2001, violated a congressional mandate to pay their injury claims and instead spent millions of dollars fighting those claims.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2007 Micro coverage a big help for Mexico's poor: A new plan to promote microinsurance could have a ripple effect in the region.

QUOTE: Once just a safeguard for the middle and upper classes, insurance is finding its way to all sectors of Mexico. For the poorest, microinsurance policies...are giving protection to those Mexicans who work in the informal economy, often don't have bank accounts, and never dreamed of the luxury of having a Plan B.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 13, 2007 Moore Lobbies Sacramento For Healing: Filmmaker, Health Care Activists Promote ‘Sicko’ While Demanding Reforms in Industry

QUOTE: In the days before Moore’s film “Sicko” opens...the director will be the centerpiece of a campaign that melds activism, policy, politics and Hollywood into a media force like no other widely released film. .... both filmmaker and activists believe, the public could ultimately receive better, less expensive health care if they’re successful.

San Francisco Chronicle
May 23, 2007 Physicians Argue Proposed Federal Settlement Could Kill Separate Case Against Blue Cross

QUOTE: The federal case centers on class action claims by doctors that the Blue Cross plans violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by conspiring to systematically minimize or reject claims for medically necessary services. That resulted in doctors getting paid less or not at all by the HMOs, the doctors claimed.
Apr 12, 2007 The High Price of Free Insurance: Deals that fund, then buy out, big life policies may shortchange seniors

QUOTE: The transactions often work like this: Insurance brokers, attorneys, and other promoters arrange for high-net-worth seniors to apply for multimillion-dollar life insurance policies paid for with loans from the promoters and other lenders. A senior isn't typically required to put up any cash or collateral aside from the policy itself. If the insured dies in the policy's first two years, the heirs are entitled to keep the death benefit so long as they repay the loan and interest. Otherwise, when the loan comes due, the policyholder must pay it off from personal funds or sell the policy to investors. If a sale generates more than what's needed to retire the loan, the senior can pocket the excess. If a sale won't cover the loan, the senior simply signs the policy over to the lender and walks away.

Mar 26, 2007 Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of elderly Americans have received life-prolonging care as a result of their long-term-care policies. With more than eight million customers, such insurance is one of the many products that companies are pitching to older Americans reaching retirement. Yet thousands of policyholders say they have received only excuses about why insurers will not pay... some long-term-care insurers have developed procedures that make it difficult — if not impossible — for policyholders to get paid.

New York Times
Feb 27, 2007 Insurers Prepare a Battle Strategy to Protect a Key Exemption

QUOTE: The exemption can operate only if states regulate the insurers, and lately a growing number of lawmakers have complained that some states have failed to do so. Hence the legislation -- and its companion bill in the House -- which would repeal the exemption and impose regulation by the consumer-focused Federal Trade Commission.

Washington Post
Feb 15, 2007 Economic Scene: A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even Stephen Colbert Couldn’t Simplify It

QUOTE: As health economists have long known, market incentives induce private insurers to spend vast sums to avoid people who may actually require health care. This problem is mitigated (though not eliminated) by employer-provided group policies. Because Mr. Bush’s proposal would steer people toward individual policies, it would actually strengthen the incentive to shun unhealthy people.

New York Times
Feb 09, 2007 Auto insurers play hardball in minor-crash claims

QUOTE: ...after a review of more than 6,000 company documents and court records, interviews with a dozen people nationwide, including former company insiders, and conversations with accident victims, the picture is clear: If you challenge the offer by some insurance companies you will be left with no option but to go to court, where you will be dragged through the wringer.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 26, 2007 Bush Touts Health-Care Plan as Cost Control

QUOTE: "With his new health-care proposals receiving a frosty reception from Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Bush ventured here Thursday to make the case that his ideas offer the best remedy for the nation's health insurance crisis."

Washington Post

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