Insurance Blog

Friday, December 2, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Some Allstate home insurance customers are being shown the door by the “Good Hands” people for refusing to bundle their homeowners insurance and auto insurance policies. Insurance Journal reports that Allstate recently informed some 45,000 North Carolina customers that it will not renew their homeowners insurance policies unless they also purchase commercial or private auto

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Since employer-sponsored health insurance programs apparently haven’t moved the needle by offering premium breaks to workers who stop smoking and shed the pounds, corporate America has decided to pick up the stick instead. A new report by Towers Watson found that employer policies that charge higher premiums for smoking, obesity and high cholesterol have doubled

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Friday, November 25, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

After a 10-minute visit to an emergency room to treat his toothache, Kalyan Sircar hit the street with two prescriptions, a bill for $1,367.30 and a new outlook on health care. “I learned my lesson – never enter the emergency room alive,” he told the St. Petersburg Times. Sircar’s ER shocker should serve as a cautionary tale

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Friday, November 18, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you plan to throw a major holiday bash this season, you need not bear the financial risk alone should a random blizzard, icy roads or no-show vendors spoil the party of a lifetime. The new Protector Plan for Events from Travelers extends their affordable wedding insurance line into other major life events, including private

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

What will those bronze-silver-gold-platinum health insurance plans ultimately look like when the government-run state exchanges mandated by health care reform open for business in 2014? A recent report by the independent Institute of Medicine recommends that, above all else, the new plans must be affordable with a capital A. The recommendations apply to plans that

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Friday, November 11, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The more you identify with your vehicle, the more likely you are to blow your top in traffic, according to a new study aimed at opening the hood on highway hotheads. Like the rest of us, auto insurance companies included, Ayalla Ruvio wondered what makes aggressive drivers tick. So the assistant professor at Temple University’s

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Friday, November 4, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

American businesses are leaving more and more part-time employees at the curb and uninsured when it comes to employer-based health insurance coverage. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the latest major employer to turn its back on these forgotten workers. Last month, the nation’s largest retailer announced that it would no longer offer health insurance benefits to its

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Motorists who insist on using handheld cellphones while driving continue to take a deadly toll on those unfortunate enough to cross their paths. The U.S. Transportation Department reports that 5,474 people were killed in 4,898 crashes caused by distraction in 2009, down slightly from the 5,838 killed in 5,307 crashes in 2008. In both years,

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Friday, October 28, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Next Monday, all sorts of mayhem may test the limits of your homeowners insurance, auto insurance, health insurance – and BOO!, maybe even your life insurance! I’m talking about Halloween, of course, lest you were thinking Occupy Wall Street. On the hideously disfigured face of it, Halloween ranks second behind the Fourth of July as

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Friday, October 21, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you have kids of driving age, you worry about them every time they pull away from the house.  ”It’s not your driving, dear; it’s all the irresponsible ones out there, partying and texting and endangering society,” you assure them, secretly hoping your teen isn’t one of them. Travelers recently introduced a new auto insurance program

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