Insurance Blog

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I dawdled for several years before I “solved” my life insurance needs with a low-cost term life policy. I say “solved” because I never really felt the door slam or the curtain drop on the whole life insurance issue once I’d studied the insurance rates, compared insurance quotes and signed the contract. For me, it

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Friday, December 24, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

A snowfall on Christmas Day could mean a $500,000 windfall for lucky jewelry store customers in Asheville, N.C., thanks to a farm-tested specialty insurance product that is catching on in a whole new way these days. Jeweler Alan Perry ran a store promotion at Perry’s Emporium between Nov. 26 and Dec. 11 with a promise

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Friday, December 17, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Health care reform suffered a legal setback this week when a federal judge in Virginia sided with state opponents who claim that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance beginning in 2014 is unconstitutional. In contradicting two prior opinions, Federal District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the keystone provision

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Want to help bring down your auto insurance rate? Have a cup of coffee before you hit the road. A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 4 out of 10 drivers surveyed admit they’ve fallen asleep at the wheel, 1 in 10 within the past year. This despite the fact

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Friday, December 10, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

It’s a safe bet that big health insurance, big pharma, and heck, pretty much all of the “bigs” would prefer that you ignore an incendiary new book called “Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.” It’s written by Wendell Potter, former head of

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Friday, December 3, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you’ve ever wondered how you might one day afford home health care or a nursing home, recent word from the long-term care insurance front was hardly encouraging: MetLife, the nation’s largest life insurance company, is pulling out of the LTC game at year’s end. The company will continue to honor all existing contracts however.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Old Man Winter makes his grand entrance this time every year, blowing in like a drunken uncle with just enough mayhem and mischief to disrupt best-laid holiday plans. If you’re unsure how your home insurance or auto insurance will hold up under winter’s onslaught, here’s a pop quiz on coverage for winter-related events:   1.

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Friday, November 26, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I’m not quite sure how Lindsay Lohan wound up as the poster child of auto insurance, life insurance and now entertainment insurance casualties. Perhaps Charlie Sheen was busy. And who’s crazy enough to dial up Mel Gibson, am I right? No matter: LiLo excels as the petulant role model for how to become uninsurable. In

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Friday, November 19, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Let’s talk turkey, shall we? Specifically, this unspeakable, artery-clogging, make-Julia Child-roll-over-in-her-grave practice of subjecting a perfectly toned Tom to the ignominy of a deep-fat fryer. It’s just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. On so many levels, not least of which is what this culinary crime might do to your homeowners insurance. As a public service, allow

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

They’ve cut your pay, slashed your hours and doubled your workload. What else can your boss possibly do to make your life more miserable? How about cut your health insurance? According to a new survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers and senior comptrollers by Grant Thornton LLP, 30 percent of U.S. employers are looking to

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