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Health Plan Tax Resolved?

Consumers worried about the rumor of taxes on high-value health insurance plans, the so-called “Cadillac” plans, can rest easy. Why? Because the White House and union leaders reached an accord two weeks ago which changed the cost threshold and added an eight-year exemption for collectively bargained plans. The deal, which was cemented in mid-January, removed […]

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16 Months Later: Hurricane Ike Claims Still Being Paid

The Texas Insurance Council has issued an update on the financial aftermath of Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008 calling it “the costliest weather catastrophe in Texas history by a large margin.” So far, the storm has toted up almost $12 billion in windstorm and flood insurance claims in the state. The […]

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Auto Insurance for Pets: a Growing Trend

As animal lovers, most of us take good care of our pets: we feed them the best pet food available, make sure they get ample exercise and attention, train them to have good “house manners,” and make sure they’re adequately restrained when coming along for the ride in our cars or trucks. Until relatively recently, […]

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Faith Based Insurance? Be Careful

At a time when many eyes and ears are focused on Washington, D.C. and a final (at least for now) verdict on health care reform, hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians are choosing another alternative. It’s called a faith-based health plan and while it can save you money on major medical expenses, there are a […]

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Auto Insurance Increases in Canada and UK, Too

It may seem as if the United States is the only country suffering from a dire economic situation. Our auto insurance premiums rose in almost every state this year, as did our homeowners insurance premiums. However, we are not alone; what affects us, tends to affect the world at large. In 2009, Canada and the […]

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COBRA Subsidy Extension Continues

If you’re currently using the existence of COBRA health insurance law to maintain insurance coverage after you’ve been laid off or fired, you’ll be glad to know that Congress ended weeks of uncertainty in late December, giving final approval to President Obama to sign into law a Department of Defense bill that included provisions to […]

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In an Accident? What Should You Do?

According to a survey done by a British auto insurance firm, up to 45% of commercial van drivers don’t exchange the required information when they’re in an accident, whether it’s serious or not. Here in the United States, the statistics may not be quite so scary, but a significant number of drivers have found themselves […]

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Don’t Fear the Life Insurance Medical Exam

Horror stories abound about life insurance medical exams. Smokers, you may have heard, never pass, and you don’t have to just be within normal weight ranges, but actually skinny or you get disqualified. We won’t even discuss the rumors about what happens if you took an antihistamine the day before you provided your blood or […]

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Women: Check Mammography Coverage Before Choosing Health Plan

Whether you’re male or female, choosing between hmo and ppo health plans can be difficult. For women, however, it’s important to take a close look at covered preventive services before selecting a plan? What’s a preventive service? It includes things like mammograms, which, until recently, were considered routine wellness care for women over the age […]

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