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May 11, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
For Pat O'Brien, Feb. 15 was just another winter Sunday. The Huntingdon Valley nurse had always had job-based health insurance. So she didn't realize Feb. 15 was the last day to buy Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage for 2015. But on that unseasonably warm day, O'Brien and her husband, Joe, a retired police officer, needed health insurance. Two weeks earlier, O'Brien had lost her job, and with it, their benefits. "I had no idea, because I didn't need it," said O'Brien, 60. "I've had insurance my whole life.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Keeping fit used to be its own reward. Now, living healthy can also save you money on life insurance, if you're willing to share statistics about your fitness campaign gathered on a smart watch, fitness band, or mobile phone. On Monday, John Hancock Insurance dangled a new app ("Vitality") for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch users that enables the deal, working with Apple's HealthKit platform to track your vitals and good conduct. Walk or run a lot, lower your blood pressure (and be able to prove it)
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
People who paid a penalty because they didn't buy health insurance last year are nearing the end of their options to get covered and avoid an even bigger penalty next tax season. The special enrollment period - a window the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened for people who learned of the fine only when they filed their 2014 taxes - closes Thursday. After that, current rules allow consumers to buy insurance from the marketplace only if they experience a life-changing event, such as marriage or loss of job-based coverage.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest expansion move by a Philadelphia-based law firm, Cozen O'Connor said Thursday that it would merge with a 60-lawyer firm in Chicago, greatly expanding its presence there, and deepening its labor and employment and white-collar defense practices, along with other legal areas. The merger, effective June 1, will bring the total number of lawyers at Cozen to 635, said the firm's CEO, Michael Heller. "This gives us a much broader full-service office in Chicago, and allows us to do this with an extremely accomplished group of lawyers with national practices," Heller said of the merger with Meckler Bulger Tilson.
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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