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Patient Protection reform could mean higher healthcare costs

September 16, 2011

Of the endlessly debated provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the requirements for Medical Loss Ratios (MLRs) stand out for insurance companies because the requirements are designed to dictate how those companies pay their bills.

Passion or obsession? Collecting can add up to serious dollars

September 16, 2011

You could say that Jay Pomerantz is a fan of the New York Jets.

You might suspect that from the room in his Long Island house, decorated wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with memorabilia from the NFL team – game-worn cleats, bloodied jerseys from the 1960s, old playbooks and even Super Bowl rings. Some of the items are so rare and valuable that the team itself displays some of Pomerantz’s collection in its front office.

Will new consumer protections improve U.S. air travel?

September 15, 2011

You don’t have to convince Scott Convery, a computer programmer from New York, that U.S. airline travelers could use some support.

Is college worth it?

September 15, 2011

For recent grads like Peter Turchan, college led to some soul-searching about whether the experience was worth the whopping price tag.

Why is there no killer app for paying all your bills online?

September 15, 2011

If you want to manage all of your money and all of your monthly payments in one convenient online place, you’re pretty much out of luck.

“Retirement Heist” book asks: Who stole America’s pensions?

September 14, 2011

Can we afford retirement in this country? Not if you believe politicians who claim entitlement spending is out of control and that the economy is being dragged down by our aging population.

Is gadget insurance worth it?

September 13, 2011

When Abby Speed was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico two years ago, she left her $300 camera in her purse on a table at a cafe. Both disappeared.

Double-dip recession porridge: 3 bears dish it out

September 12, 2011

Now that fears of a double-dip recession are on everyone’s mind, the bears are on the prowl and really cranky.

Workers regret their health benefit choices: survey

September 12, 2011

Within a few weeks, employees across the U.S. will start to see their healthcare benefit packages for 2012: They’ll find higher premium costs, more coverage restrictions and myriad choices on items like deductibles, flexible spending account contributions, vision and dental coverage and more. If this year is like others, almost half of those employees will make decisions they later regret.

Would Obama’s payroll tax cut hurt Social Security?

September 9, 2011

The Congressional Super Committee hasn’t even started cutting Social Security, but advocates are already expressing concern on a different front: the payroll tax cut extension proposed last night by President Obama as part of his jobs plan. Those payroll taxes fund the Social Security program.