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Medicare Part B premium hike will be smaller than expected

October 27, 2011

Seniors caught a break Thursday when the Obama Administration announced that Medicare Part B premiums won’t rise as much as expected in 2012.

Is pet insurance worth it?

October 7, 2011

lola REUTERS/handoutGiovanna Dimperio’s dog Lola, a pit bull mix, has a knack for getting hurt. Her first big problem — eating part of a Frisbee — resulted in surgery. The $1,000 bill prompted Dimperio to look into pet insurance. More than two years after signing up for the $25 a month premiums, she says it paid off.

Some Medicare plans drop prices: time to shop is now

October 5, 2011

A nurse holds up a vial of H1N1 flu vaccine prior to an inoculation at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania October 28, 2009. If you’re a senior on Medicare – or if you help out aging parents with their money matters  – it’s time to get ready to shop. The annual enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug and Advantage managed care plans is about to begin, and it’s one of the best opportunities of the year for seniors to save money.

2012 Medicare choices come early: How not to overpay

By Matt Stroud
September 27, 2011

Last year, Henry D’Aloisio needed to adjust his Medicare coverage to pay for doctor’s visits. He thought the changes would be simple, and that decades of administrative experience would have prepared him adequately for the paperwork and small print.

Patient Protection reform could mean higher healthcare costs

By Matt Stroud
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.

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.

How parents of multiples tackle financial challenges

By Marla Brill
September 8, 2011

Kevin O’Reilly spends his life dispensing financial planning advice. But he wasn’t exactly fiscally prepared when his wife Rebecca had triplets more than six years ago after spending close to $20,000 on fertility treatments. At the time she was earning a substantial salary as a project manager.

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.

For-profit or not: What to consider when choosing a nursing home

By Matt Stroud
August 23, 2011

As a state-appointed consumer advocate overseeing complaints about Florida’s long-term care industry, Brian Lee became curious about corporate ownership earlier this year. He sent nearly 700 letters to every nursing home in the state requesting information about which entities owned which facilities.

Self-employed? How to find disability insurance

By Eileen Gunn
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.