Insurance Blog

Friday, July 30, 2010 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Ever wonder what Lindsay Lohan’s wild ride will cost her on her auto insurance and life insurance policies?  The good folks at Insurance Journal sensed that inquiring minds would want to know, so they contacted the Insurance Information Network of California for answers. The IINC crunched the numbers using Lindsay’s Beverly Hills 90210 ZIP code,

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 7:45 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Let me make a prediction: Our national addiction to talking on cell phones while driving will inevitably increase our auto insurance rates. What’s more, efforts to limit cell phone use to hands-free devices while driving will have limited impact on either public safety or cheaper car insurance. Allow me to explain. Cognitive psychologists Christopher Chabris

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Friday, July 23, 2010 10:49 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

During the past two weeks, I spoke with most of the major insurance organizations regarding the implications for insurance companies of the financial reforms that President Obama signed into law Wednesday. Their mood was far from celebratory but their sense of relief was palpable. Simply put, big insurance dodged a bullet. Let’s look at that

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:50 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

What does life insurance have in common with computer programming? My inner wise guy would probably answer: You can’t understand either one. And while that may be true for many, if not most, Americans, the answer I had in mind was: Both depend on “if/then” scenarios. Anyone who has visited robust insurance comparison sites like

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Friday, July 16, 2010 11:57 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Now the delicate courting dance begins between the Obama administration and health insurance companies like Aetna, Cigna, WellPoint and UnitedHealth Group who fought like trapped ferrets to avoid being dragged to the “Obamacare” prom. The foot-dragging is understandable: These are the same health insurance companies that Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been beating about the

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 9:42 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Call me geek but I’m fascinated by car insurance. Insert here your pitying eye-roll, followed in close succession by “Why?” and “Don’t get out much, huh?” But two X factors separate car insurance from life insurance, health insurance and homeowners insurance: motion and emotion. Consider the car insurance underwriters at Progressive, Geico and State Farm.

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Friday, July 9, 2010 11:59 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Q: What do insurance, fire extinguishers and Kenny Rogers albums have in common? A: They’re all things we purchase that we hope we never have to use. On a more serious note, insurance in general, whether in the form of car insurance, health insurance, life insurance or homeowners insurance, is our best hedge against the

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 11:07 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

First, the good news: More Americans are lacing up the sneakers and trying to work off those excess pounds that can send their health insurance and life insurance premiums through the roof. The bad news? We’re still not winning the battle of the bulge. The most recent fat-fighting figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease

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Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:30 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The new $5 billion Pre-Existing Condition Health Insurance program, the Holy Grail of health reform for those previously denied health coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions, will begin rolling out nationwide this month, both in states with existing high-risk pools and those without. But premium costs and funding have some questioning whether the high-risk health insurance

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:38 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

While the BP oil spill continues to wreck havoc in the Gulf of Mexico, a gusher of related lawsuits is flooding the U.S. judicial system. According to Reuters, at least 243 lawsuits have been filed against BP to date as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the majority representing commercial fishermen, charter boat captains,

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