June 6, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is expected to sign a bill to prevent coverage of most abortions under policies offered in a federally run insurance marketplace starting next year in Pennsylvania, after the Senate passed it yesterday by a comfortable margin. A spokeswoman for Corbett, an opponent of abortion rights, said he will sign the bill. It passed the Senate, 31-19, and the House approved it in April, 144-53, but only after divisive debates. Critics said the bill expands restrictions on abortion rights and discriminates against poor women.
June 2, 2013 |
GULF SHORES, Ala. - When Stan Virden moved into his 2,400-square-foot house overlooking a rock-lined canal in 1996, he paid less than $1,000 a year for homeowners insurance. Now, as he seeks to move to Atlanta to be near family, Virden says potential buyers are being scared off by the annual premium, which has skyrocketed to $5,000. "We feel like we're prisoners here now because the market is so screwed up because of this," the 80-year-old retired Navy captain said. From Cape Cod to the southern tip of Texas, rates for homeowners coverage have risen sharply since 2003, pinching owners financially, forcing them to take greater risk by accepting higher deductibles, and sparking outrage as insurance companies report profits higher in many coastal states than inland.
May 17, 2013 |
The revelation this week by the film star Angelina Jolie of a double mastectomy to help avoid breast cancer had business and legal angles as well. Myriad Genetics, the Utah company at the center of a legal debate about the acceptability of gene patenting, has a monopoly on the testing Jolie underwent before opting for surgery. With the news about Jolie breaking Tuesday morning, the company's stock rose to a three-year high of $34.70 during trading on the NASDAQ before closing at $34.10.
May 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Spending on prescription medicines in the United States fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health-care services. Patients also benefited from a surge of new, inexpensive generic versions of widely used drugs for chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, according to a new report. Total spending on medications dipped 1 percent, to $325.8 billion last year from $329.2 billion in 2011. Likewise, average spending per person on medicines fell by $33, to $898 last year, according to the report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
May 10, 2013
D EAR HARRY: A number of years ago, it was recommended that we attend a seminar given by an insurance company regarding long-term-care insurance. The speaker was convincing. He placed less emphasis on the need than on the low premiums we would have if we got the insurance at a young age. I bought the insurance. Over the years, the premiums increased several times. I understood that this was a result of a declining value of the dollar and the increases in life expectancy. I recently received a notice that my next premium would show an increase of 30 percent.
May 5, 2013
The biggest changes in health insurance in a generation are set to take effect this year and next. Robert I. Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, answers questions about the changes stemming from the health law. Insurance exchanges are coming. What are they? An exchange is a marketplace where you can buy health insurance for you and your family. Most people will access them online, but there will be offices for those who prefer human contact.
May 5, 2013 |
As the director of Working Families program at Rutgers University's Center for Women and Work, Karen White has been an unabashed supporter of New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance program in both philosophical and policy-wonkish ways. But it was White's mother who let her understand what the state's policy really meant. "My mother was diagnosed with kidney cancer," White said, "and didn't want to tell any of her children. She was scared that her children would lose their jobs" and their income taking care of her. Five years ago, on May 2, 2008, New Jersey became one of three states to enact legislation providing short-term paid leave for employees bonding with a new child or caring for an ailing parent, spouse, or child.
May 2, 2013 |
LITITZ, Pa. - A Central Pennsylvania woman who disappeared after dropping off her children for school 11 years ago has resurfaced in Florida, telling police she traveled there on a whim with homeless hitchhikers, slept under bridges, and survived by scavenging food and panhandling, authorities said Wednesday. Brenda Heist, 54, had been declared legally dead, Lititz Police Detective John Schofield said. The detective said that he met with her in Florida on Monday, and that she expressed shame and apologized for what she had done to her family.
May 1, 2013 |
WHEN NAVY PETTY Officer Jeffrey Ferren died of a heart condition last year, his widow, Gabriella Kubinyi, believed she would at least be taken care of financially. That's because as a member of the U.S. armed forces, Ferren, 31, of Camden, had life insurance through Prudential Insurance Co. But Kubinyi's grief at losing her husband in April 2012 was only compounded when the Newark, N.J., insurance giant told her that she would not be receiving his full $400,000 death benefit. The insurer said a clerical error had resulted in the wrong amount being deducted from her husband's paychecks, therefore she would not get the full benefit amount, according to attorney Aaron J. Freiwald, who yesterday filed a lawsuit against Prudential in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
April 26, 2013 |
WHEN ED WHITE'S family would drive past Northeast Catholic High School for Boys on Torresdale Avenue, they could easily envision a halo around the building. The image came to mind because of the near-holy reverence Ed had for his alma mater. What was it about that school that Ed White held in such deference? A quiet man of few words, Ed might have had trouble putting his feelings into words, but his family attributed it to the gratitude he had for the education he received there, and his deep respect for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who run it. Whatever it was, Ed continued to serve the school long after he graduated in 1955.