Insurance Blog

Friday, August 19, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you want to get something done — or more to the point, undone — in this country, you need a good strawman. Their numbers have been growing lately, especially in the debates over health care reform and state battles over workers’ compensation. A “strawman” is a slang term for a sham argument propped up

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Friday, August 12, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating resulted in a similar slap for 10 U.S. insurance companies that back their life insurance, disability insurance and retirement products with strong holdings in Uncle Sam. The ratings agency lowered from AAA to AA+ the long-term credit and financial strength ratings on five U.S. insurers:

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

Remember the classic sales contest scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross”: First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize is a set of steak knives and third prize is you’re fired? That’s the game a group of Allstate agents says the insurance giant is playing with their livelihoods. According to Insurance Journal, the National Association of

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Friday, August 5, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If health care reform hasn’t already sufficiently angered opponents by requiring everyone to purchase health insurance beginning in 2014, it will likely kindle a firestorm by making contraceptives and voluntary sterilization procedures more affordable for American women. On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new preventive-care guidelines that will require all health

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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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