April 19, 2015 |
Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect. " They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries. But raising awareness hasn't necessarily lowered barriers, BRCA experts say. People seeking to identify and manage their inherited cancer risk often confront conflicting, confusing medical guidelines, test options, and insurance coverage.
April 12, 2015 |
With just three days left to file 2014 taxes, tax preparer Mary Arthur and her colleagues at the Campaign for Working Families at 31 sites across Philadelphia and South Jersey are hard at work. But even as the tax season winds down, Arthur, the group's executive director, already is fretting about next year. She is worried because statistics from early March show that of the 10,000 tax returns filed, 2,800 were from people who didn't have health insurance last year and were paying a penalty.
April 11, 2015 |
After a fire destroyed Grace Wang-Shing's home five years ago, she called insurance adjuster Marshall Perlman. As she waited for her settlement to arrive, the Philadelphia widow was evicted from two apartments. She sold her daughter's education bond and used her own retirement savings to begin rebuilding her house, which is still not complete. But she never received her $194,000 insurance settlement. And it is unlikely that she ever will, a prosecutor said Thursday as Perlman, also of Philadelphia, was sentenced to three to 21 years in state prison and ordered to make restitution for stealing insurance payments from Wang-Shing and 31 others.
April 7, 2015 |
They said she unleashed profane rants on longtime friends. Persuaded an artist to fabricate a six-figure invoice. And made sure a "rat bastard" insurance adjuster she suspected had talked to state investigators knew that "snitches get stitches. " For years, Claire Risoldi has been known in Bucks County political circles as a gracious host of lavish fund-raisers for local Republicans. But in a Doylestown courtroom last week, witnesses sketched a portrait of the 67-year-old that sharply contrasted with the image she cultivated while mingling with the county elite.
April 1, 2015 |
The body-shop owner allegedly drove cars into poles and damaged them with forklifts - right across the street from the Darby Borough police station - in a scam to collect inflated claims from insurance companies. On Monday, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced charges in a four-year investigation into the elaborate scheme that cost companies at least $85,000 and involved 11 individuals. Whelan said he expected to uncover further instances in the fraud scheme, adding, "We'd be naive to think this is the only amount of activity.
March 31, 2015 |
Morris "Mickey" Lloyd Jr., 77, of Philadelphia, an insurance executive who was active in alumni affairs for various educational institutions, died of a heart attack Monday, March 16, in Vero Beach, Fla. His family said Mr. Lloyd collapsed as he was about to tee off for a round of golf with his wife and daughter. The family maintains a condominium in Florida. Born in Philadelphia, he attended Chestnut Hill Academy but graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in 1956.
March 30, 2015 |
What can you expect, when your surrogate is expecting? Prospective parents may be willing to pay any price. But first, examine the sensitive financial questions behind hiring a legal, legitimate surrogate (by legal, we mean not a woman you found online). What does the process cost? Who gets paid? Can you take out a home equity loan or charge credit cards? (Yes to both). The costs of surrogacy are usually about $120,000, experts advise. But like any lifetime investment, such as college or retirement, you can pay in stages.
March 30, 2015 |
Until she noticed the tiny blood spots on her sheets, Peg Fagan thought the itchy, raised area on her shoulder was a spider bite. So when her doctor asked during a routine checkup in April whether Fagan had any health concerns, she mentioned the bite. The doctor took a sample to biopsy. A few days later, Fagan got a call saying she had to come in to the office. "I said, 'No, I don't,' " remembered Fagan, 56, a breast cancer survivor. "If you are going to tell me that I have cancer, just tell me. " Fagan had melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer.
March 15, 2015 |
Philip Rinaldi, the city's refinery titan, offered Philadelphia City Council a lesson in business terminology Friday when he introduced a new phrase into council's vocabulary: "idiot insurance. " During testimony on whether the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works should engage in a public-private partnership, Rinaldi suggested Council could consider protecting its interests by maintaining an ownership stake in any private venture. "I live in a world of mergers and acquisitions," said Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions.
March 14, 2015 |
Raymond L. Freudberg, 92, formerly of Wyncote, a retired insurance company executive, died Wednesday, March 4, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where he had lived for 41/2 years. Born in Philadelphia to Herman and Rose Kierson Freudberg, Mr. Freudberg graduated from Olney High School in 1939 and took night courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1942. From 1942 to 1946 he served in Washington, in the finance division of the Air Transport Command, part of the Army Air Forces.