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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.

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.

Shopping for health insurance? 5 tips on how to get it right

August 26, 2011

When Ronna Wisbrod, a real estate broker and personal organizer, returned to the Chicago area last year, she needed to figure out new health insurance. Now 57, she knew she had to have insurance, but as she set up her own business, Organization by Ronna, she also wanted to keep costs down.

Earthquakes, hurricanes and smart insurance moves

August 26, 2011

What a week: An earthquake gave the East Coast a jolt and now a hurricane is bearing down.

Hedging can end your retirement panic now

August 22, 2011

Even with the most recent market agita, there’s no reason for you to worry long-term about your retirement funds.

Self-employed? How to find disability insurance

August 16, 2011

If you’re self-employed and work out of your home, it’s probably occurred to you that you ought to have long-term disability insurance. If you’ve mentioned this to your insurance agent, they’ve probably told you it’s a good idea and not a problem.

What you need to know about consumer-driven health plans

August 2, 2011

A mid-career engineer, Michael Eckman, 37, bounced back from a year of unemployment by recently landing a new job about 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It happened quickly. He sent the initial application on a Wednesday, heard back that Thursday, interviewed Friday and received an offer a week later.

How to avoid hospital bills from doctors that don’t take insurance

July 27, 2011

Marissa Dennis had a relatively uneventful labor and recovery when her son was born at a New York City hospital in 2008. So she and her husband were taken aback when they received a bill for more than $800 for the handful of routine check-ins they received from the on-call pediatrician.

How a traffic ticket or five extra pounds can raise your insurance rates

July 15, 2011

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Merritt. The opinions expressed are her own.

Life insurance: Will your heirs get what you’ve paid for?

July 5, 2011

Gotta love those life insurance companies.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, some of them will scour state mortality lists to make sure they aren’t paying out any lifetime benefits (such as from annuities) to people who have died. But they won’t bother to check those lists for life insurance policyholders whose beneficiaries may have some money coming to them.