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

For thousands of early retirees, health care reform has already proven invaluable. Without the Affordable Care Act’s provision that has reimbursed their former employers $1.8 billion since last June, they’d be looking – largely in vain – for affordable health insurance in their 50s or early 60s. Though it receives little attention in this highly-politicized debate, the

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

After kicking the tires for several years, Progressive has finally gone nationwide with its Snapshot pay-as-you-drive auto insurance program, offering discounts of up to 30 percent based on optional real-time analysis of your driving habits. You may have heard of Snapshot, a monitoring device that plugs into your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics port and wirelessly feeds

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Monday, April 4, 2011 8:40 am
By ElleMartinez · Bankrate.com

My husband and I are expecting our first child this summer. We’ve been working hard to be as prepared as we can. Our schedules have changed as we now have doctor appointments and ultrasounds. We’ve been reading parenting books and asking family and friends for their experiences and advice. Besides the lifestyle and emotional adjustments,

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Friday, April 1, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Looking for a smartphone application, or app, that can save you time and shore up your homeowners insurance? Check out the new MyHome home inventory app from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or NAIC. The new MyHome Scr.APP.book, available free at the iTunes store, enables you to easily capture images, descriptions and documentation, including original sales

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Friday, March 25, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I have long suspected that there is an inverse relationship between the height of an academic’s ivory tower and the amount of oxygen that reaches their brain. A new study by three Duke University behavioral scientists on health care reform certainly seems to bear this out. I caught a whiff of it from their op-ed

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

  The clue: “Medical consulting and health insurance.” The correct question: What will IBM’s superbrainiac computer Watson do after vanquishing its human opponents on the TV game show “Jeopardy”? Insurance Journal reports that Mr. Smarty-sans-pants has already digitally signed a deal to help those pathetically slow human doctors and nurses pick up the pace when

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

It may be impossible to measure the human toll from last week’s 9.0 earthquake in northeastern Japan considering the uncertain future ahead for thousands of survivors now exposed to massive doses of radiation from the area’s damaged nuclear power plants. Insurance modeler EQECAT estimates the insured loss from the quake, including the fires and tsunami

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

Where I live on the western shore of Tampa Bay, Fla., many homeowners are required to purchase flood insurance in addition to their homeowners insurance policy. The reason: Most homeowners policies will only cover you for water that comes from the sky, not from the ground up. Those ground-up events are insured through the National Flood

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Here in Florida, it remains open season on President Barack Obama’s health care reform. Florida, of course, is leading the 26-state challenge to the health care overhaul. Our new Governor, Rick Scott, just sent a big no thanks to Washington, turning down the startup funds to get things rolling on health care reform at the

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Friday, March 4, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you’re preparing to head south to sunny Cancun, the Riviera Maya or other Mexican beach destination for spring break, beware of the old Mexican hat dance involving rental car insurance. Here’s how this hat dance works: you’re booking your rental car online and lock in a killer rate of $9.99 a day for a midsize that

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