Insurance Blog

Friday, July 29, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As employers continue to shift the burden for health insurance costs onto their employees, there appears to be one line they are unwilling to cross: the so-called “third rail” coverage for dependent medical care. A recent survey of 156 business executives by the benefit consulting firm Corporate Synergies Group and the Financial Executives Research Foundation

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The troubled life of British retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse ended last Saturday at the age of 27. While the official cause of death remains a mystery, it’s a fair guess that her public battle with substance abuse contributed to her tragic end. Winehouse thus became the latest victim of the Forever 27 club, named for

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Friday, July 22, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Prepare to be scared: The FICO credit score people, claim they can now extrapolate from publically available home ownership and job status data the likelihood that you’ll be a good, doctor-fearing consumer and take your medications as directed. In yet another unwelcome intrusion into our personal lives masquerading as a jackpot of wonderfulness for the common

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Friday, July 15, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Good news and bad news on flood insurance this week. The good news: The House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for five whole years. The bad news: It would bump the annual rate increase limit from 10 percent to 20 percent. House passage of the Flood Insurance Reform

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Talk about irony: It is entirely conceivable that we will look back on the Great Recession as the good old days – of homeowners insurance rates, that is. Despite a passing nod to the recession that saw a rare 3.8 percent decrease in national average premiums to $791 in 2008, homeowners insurance rate averages rose to

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Friday, July 8, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you’ve ever purchased life insurance, you’ve probably had that fleeting thought cross your mind: What if they don’t pay up? After all, it’s not like you’ll be in any position to do much about it. Well, it seems that life insurers sometimes don’t pay up. And now a lynch mob of state attorneys general wants

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act cleared another legal hurdle Wednesday with the help of a deciding vote from an unlikely ally — a Republican judge. The three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled 2-1 in favor of health care reform’s individual mandate provision that will require all Americans to

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Recent data breaches at America’s most secure fortresses, from the U.S. Senate and Lockheed Martin to Citigroup and Google, have sparked renewed corporate interest in “cyberinsurance.” But you may need a hacker to decode these new cyber policies. Insurance Journal reports that a rash of recent headline-making hacks, including the breach of 100 million Sony

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Friday, June 24, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Now that the 2012 presidential election is underway, great bloviating will surely follow on which hot-button issue will ultimately move the electorate.  My vote? Forget Afghanistan, forget bin Laden, forget health care reform – once again, it’s the economy, stupid! Lest we have any doubts about the continued grievous state of suspended animation on Main

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Friday, June 17, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

How rough have the recent natural disasters been on insurance companies? So rough that they could trigger a climb in homeowners insurance rates not seen since the aftermath of 9/11. According to a report by Marsh & McLennan reinsurance brokerage, global catastrophes during the past 16 months have cost insurers $100 billion. The losses have

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