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September 13, 1990 | By Valerie Reed, Special to The Inquirer
The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce will kick off its seven-seminar fall series Sept. 28 with a workshop on the new automobile insurance law. "The seminars provide a great opportunity for chamber members, at a very reasonable cost, to increase their skills and learn more. In addition, it's a great opportunity to network," said Patricia Orban Quinby, head of the chamber's fall seminar committee. Each seminar, which runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the chamber's Doylestown Borough headquarters, costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
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July 25, 1990 | By Penny Jeannechild, Special to The Inquirer
Since the start of the month, the folks at your local auto inspection station have been required by law to ask for proof that you have car insurance. If you do not, they will not inspect your car. Curt Kieser does not like that. "This situation doesn't make any money for me," said the owner of a Sunoco station at 10819 Bustleton Ave. "Now if you said that the tires had to have 50 percent of the tread on them to pass inspection, I'd sell a lot more tires. But I don't sell insurance.
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March 28, 1991 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
In its attempt to crack down on uninsured drivers, Pennsylvania's new auto- insurance law has spawned an illegal growth industry on the streets of Philadelphia: Fake insurance cards. Drivers can buy the bogus cards, reportedly for as little as $10, to use as the "proof" of insurance needed for annual, state-mandated car inspections. Mechanics, required by the state to demand such proof, say they generally cannot distinguish a fake card from the real thing. As a result, they said, they have no alternative but to accept almost any card presented, inspect the owner's car and issue a windshield sticker signifying to police that the vehicle is safe for the road.
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July 21, 1990 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
As president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Leonard A. Sloane vigorously fought auto-insurance legislation as it worked its way through the Capitol this past year. The bill passed anyway. As a private lawyer, Sloane now has moved his battle to a different arena - the Delaware County courthouse - where he has filed a class-action suit seeking to change the way part of the new law is being enforced. The suit, filed July 3 in the Court of Common Pleas, contends that doctors' fees for treatment of some accident victims are being slashed unconstitutionally.
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October 13, 1988 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The head of a national consumer group contended yesterday that New Jersey's new law designed to lower, or at least to stabilize, the cost of auto insurance is flawed and will result in higher prices for many motorists. "I think it's a net loss for the public and a net gain for the insurance industry," said J. Robert Hunter, president of the National Insurance Consumer Organization (NICO). Predicting that motorists would face "more costs and less coverage," Hunter, at a news conference following auto insurance hearings yesterday, called for additional laws to increase competition among agents, eliminate antitrust behavior by insurance companies and guarantee that motorists with good records can get insurance from the companies of their choice.
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February 13, 1990 | By John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
The much-ballyhooed new state insurance law, which proponents promise will save Philadelphia drivers big bucks in premium costs, is being panned by consumer groups and some city legislators. Critics say the new law offers only short-term relief for most motorists, and no relief for those who need it most. "This bill is not insurance reform at all," says Lance Haver, chairman of the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party. "It doesn't solve consumers' problems. It's an election-year tactic on behalf of Gov. Casey and the Legislature.
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March 11, 1990 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Barbara Sharpe was flabbergasted. Gov. Casey had just signed a new auto insurance law designed to freeze rates now and slash them later. Her bomb of a car was getting older, and she and her husband were gaining experience as drivers. But when she opened her insurance bill last month, Sharpe saw the rate go through the roof, nearly equalling what she paid for her 13-year-old Grand Prix. She was floored. "I didn't appreciate that," said the Penlyn, Montgomery County, woman.
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February 10, 1990 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau Inquirer staff writer Emilie Lounsberry contributed to this article
A federal judge yesterday denied an insurance company's request that he temporarily halt implementation of the state's fledgling auto-insurance law. In a one-sentence decision, District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, of the Eastern District in Philadelphia, rejected a motion by Keystone Insurance Co. for a temporary restraining order to block a rate freeze and an across-the-board rollback from taking effect. Keystone contended that portions of the law are unconstitutional. Ludwig's action came after a wire service incorrectly reported yesterday that he had accepted the request for an injunction.
NEWS
April 17, 1990 | By John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
The on-again, off-again medical cost cap for the state's new auto insurance law is off again. Commonwealth Court Judge James Colins yesterday denied a state request to keep the cap in place. The effect of the decision is to send the state back to the Supreme Court in search of another way to put the cap back on. Colins has agreed with attorneys representing the medical profession that the way the new law imposes the cap is too vague and potentially unconstitutional. The state Insurance Department, which is defending the new law, now wants a state Supreme Court justice to hear its case for the cap. "We will be filing for an application to reinstate (the cap)
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March 15, 1990 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
For the second time in a month, Pennsylvania's new auto insurance law has withstood a legal challenge that attempted to prevent the state from rolling back rates at least 10 percent this summer. A federal judge in Philadelphia has denied an insurance company's request to block portions of the law that last month froze rates at their Dec. 1 levels and that is scheduled to reduce them further July 1. In a brief opinion dated Monday and filed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig said that Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. failed to meet standards necessary to stop the rollback from taking effect.
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April 10, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, time to tune in. All four Dems running for guv now are running TV ads. They cost lots to make, more to air. They represent everything - the image, ideas and direction - candidates are selling. Every element of every ad is tested with focus groups. Everything you see, every word you hear has a purpose. By their ads ye shall know them. So since such ads in a state the size of Pennsylvania are critical to outcomes, let's take a look at what's airing now. Allyson Schwartz is up with a spot called "Got It Done.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drew Ferrara and Connie Kaminski expected flood-insurance premiums to rise in parts of Yardley, a Bucks County river town swamped by three major floods between September 2004 and June 2006. But not by 800 percent. When the insurance bill arrived in December for their two-story real estate office near the Delaware River, they saw premiums jump from about $3,000 a year to nearly $27,000. "The absurdity of it was shocking," Ferrara said. "Who can afford to pay this type of insurance?"
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September 30, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Teer, 51, of Collingswood, lost his job two years ago, working for a local printer, and hasn't had health insurance since. He works 4 to 12 p.m. as a dispatcher for a cab company now, while his wife is a part-time receptionist. They have a 20-year-old son who also has no health insurance, and a 14-year-old who is covered through a state program for children. What does he know about the health insurance exchange that comes to life this week? "I am completely ignorant.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
DEAR HARRY: Some friends and I have been approached by a local lawyer to form a company that will invest in life-insurance policies. The idea is to buy existing policies from owners who need immediate cash, continue to pay the premiums, and get the payoff when the person insured dies. The cash paid will be more than the surrender value of the policies. To hedge against the possibility of people living too long, a substantial number of policies have to be bought. He is asking potential investors to put up $100,000 each.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2010 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In December, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario went to a Christmas party at the White House. In March, he sat next to President Obama at a meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room. Effective Aug. 30, Ario will leave his post in Harrisburg to take a job in Washington helping Obama develop a key component of the nation's new health-care system. In a March interview, Ario said he liked the president. "I was certainly impressed with the guy. He's very low-key, a very empathetic listener, and I think quite persuasive.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2002 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph T. Sebastianelli has done it all. He has been a lawyer, a health insurance executive, a hospital administrator and an Internet expert. Now, Sebastianelli, who spent 26 of the last 30 years in health care and insurance in the Philadelphia area, is returning to become the new president and chief executive officer of the Jefferson Health System, the Philadelphia region's largest hospital network. The Jefferson Health System board is scheduled to announce today that Sebastianelli, 55, will succeed Douglas S. Peters, who said in October he would step down as head of the Jefferson system July 1, after 5 1/2 years on the job. Sebastianelli is chairman and chief executive officer of RealMed Corp.
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April 12, 2001 | By Eugene Kiely INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The Democratic leader of the Assembly yesterday urged the state Department of Banking and Insurance to impose a moratorium on car-insurance rate increases until it fully implements changes to the insurance laws that were adopted by the legislature. Eleven companies that together insure more than 35 percent of the state's 4.8 million cars have filed for rate increases, ranging from 7.3 percent to 48.1 percent. Industry officials have said the increases are needed because state regulators have been slow to put into effect changes designed to reduce insurers' costs.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2000 | By Karl Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia yesterday fired back a fierce volley in its lawsuit against Independence Blue Cross, charging that the insurer had violated state law by not submitting the terms of its Children's contract to a state regulatory agency. The charge indicates a growing enmity in the three-month-old legal dispute between the largest insurer and the biggest pediatric facility in the area. Children's Hospital filed a federal suit against Independence Blue Cross in November, saying that the parties' contract expired over the summer and that the insurer should pay 100 percent of the hospital's charges, instead of the discounted 44 percent rate in the parties' old contract.
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November 5, 1998 | By Thomas Ginsberg, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Rebelling against the way New Jersey officials want to cut auto-insurance premiums, chiropractors reached yesterday for a weapon long associated with the high cost of coverage in the state: the lawsuit. Filed in U.S. District Court in Camden, the suit calls on the court to block the Whitman administration from implementing parts of the law approved in May after months of bitter debate. It demands the state use chiropractic standards already accepted by the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners for the new insurance system.
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