Insurance Blog

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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Friday, November 12, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

True story: A musician friend of mine once had a beautiful Rickenbacker electric guitar stolen from his home. When he called his agent to make a home insurance claim, the agent took down the details, then added, “And you lost a TV, too.” “A TV?” my friend asked. “Yes,” the agent said. “That $250 TV.”

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Friday, November 5, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

America pivoted hard right in Tuesday’s midterm elections as angry voters joined the Republican-Tea Party crusade against perceived federal socialism by the Obama administration. Health care reform rivaled unemployment as a hot-button issue with many voters. So how will Republican control of the House affect the fate of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA? According to

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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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