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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Dr. McDreamy to the OR, stat: There’s a strange new virus infecting the medical staff at Seattle Grace that could have broad ramifications for health insurance and health care reform. The virus spreads quickly, has few precedents in modern medicine, and continues to baffle our best and brightest physicians. Its street name? Social media. At the

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Friday, October 29, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As Robert Frost once famously observed, “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.” But where home insurance is concerned, your home is 10 times more likely to suffer damage from water than by fire, according to a recent study by Travelers Insurance of its home insurance claims in North Carolina. Travelers

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Friday, October 22, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Every Halloween, I’m amazed at the wild characters that turn up at my door in search of bites for frights. I’m not talking about the ‘tweeners in their bloody zombie garb or the “Twilight” neck-biters moussed to kill. I’m talking about their drunken parents. Let’s face it, the adult louts among us have co-opted the

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

There’s a high likelihood, pun intended, that California will legalize marijuana in less than two weeks when voters decide the fate of controversial Proposition 19. While the dawning of Age of Aquarius 2 catches all the buzz these days, workers’ compensation and human resources directors have been wrestling the broader implications of legalized pot for

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Friday, October 15, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

In the first court test of the mandatory insurance provision of the health care reform package, a U.S. District judge upheld the right of Congress to require Americans to purchase minimum health insurance coverage. The ruling came last week in response to a lawsuit filed in Michigan by the Thomas More Law Center, which sought

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As health reform continues to dodge and weave its way toward the 2014 goal line, footwork has become increasingly important. The latest obstacle, and a delicate one for the Obama administration to sidestep, is the issue of “mini-med” health insurance plans. Mini-med plans are the inexpensive, limited health insurance plans typically offered to employees in

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Friday, October 8, 2010 11:46 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Does homeowners insurance, or renters insurance for my friends in New York City, cover bedbug infestations? This is a question that few, if any, homeowners insurance agents have ever fielded prior to the Great Bedbug Epidemic of 2010. Now the calls are coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. My fellow blogger, the wonderful

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:15 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

One minor hurdle that we all face when learning to read is the homonym; two words that are pronounced or spelled the same but have different meanings. Bear the weight versus Yogi Bear. There is similar confusion among homeowners between “private mortgage insurance” and “mortgage insurance.” Here are the bare facts about both. As many

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Friday, October 1, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Most of us think of insurance as an expense instead of an investment. That’s understandable considering that it ranks right up there with mortgage payments and taxes as a major financial outlay each year. Even when we reap a “return” via a claim on our auto insurance, homeowners insurance or health insurance, we rarely see

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

It’s late September here in Florida and the category storms heading our way from Africa are lined up in the Atlantic like seniors at the Early Bird Special, eyeing our tantalizing shores. Florida, you may have heard, is desperately trying to stabilize its housing market, which has been swamped, so to speak, with foreclosures.  The

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