Insurance Blog

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Full implementation of health care reform isn’t the only 2014 deadline on the horizon. That’s also the year the federal government wants automakers to install backup cameras as standard equipment on all new vehicles, a move strongly backed by the auto insurance industry. Today, only about 20 percent of new vehicles sport the backup camera

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Friday, January 7, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I’ve been a dog guy all my life. My two Golden Retrievers are a constant source of love and entertainment as they teach me to be a better human. While owning two Air Buds won’t prevent me from obtaining homeowners insurance, owning other breeds might. I don’t like it, but I understand it. The tragedies

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Thursday, January 6, 2011 1:09 pm
By Ben Edwards · Bankrate.com

Did you make any money mistakes this year? Here are five things I did wrong with my finances that you’ll want to avoid in 2011. 1. Gambling with insurance I breathed a sigh of relief when we moved into a new home in 2010. We loved our old house but it was in a 500-year flood plain

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Friday, December 31, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As Christmas miracles go, what happened last week in North Carolina totally rocked — as in free diamonds — and insurance made it happen. Well, insurance and more than eight inches of snow. In my Christmas Eve blog, I showcased a festive two-week promotion by Wilmington jeweler Alan Perry, who pledged to refund every purchase

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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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