October 8, 2014 |
More than a decade after prostate cancer became the economic driver behind proton beam therapy in the U.S., it still isn't clear that men treated with the technology do better than those who get less costly radiation treatments. That's why expert groups have recently advised against insurance coverage of proton therapy for prostate cancer - and why some private plans are refusing to pay for it. The Catch-22 is that this pullback is hampering a clinical trial co-led by the University of Pennsylvania that would finally settle the question of superiority.
October 5, 2014 |
Scott R. Hafetz is a glass-half-full kind of guy. So last fall, when the launch of the Affordable Care Act website had his health insurance broker colleagues fretting about their future - OK, panicking - Hafetz figured things would somehow work out. He was right. "I figured there would be a place for us," says Hafetz, an independent health insurance broker and owner of Hafetz & Associates in Linwood, N.J. A year ago, health insurance brokers and agents were looking like an endangered species.
October 1, 2014 |
Alan Beaumont Worthington, 89, of Plymouth Meeting, a World War II veteran and insurance claims company executive, died Saturday, Sept. 20, of congestive heart failure at Masonic Village in Lafayette Hill. Mr. Worthington was a leader in the Philadelphia-area insurance claims business. As president of Weeks-Worthington Adjustment Co. in Jenkintown, he provided independent claims-adjustment services for larger insurance firms. The firm was sold, and Mr. Worthington stayed on until retiring nine years ago. He was treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters for many years.
September 30, 2014 |
Thomas E. Lynch Sr., 71, of Broomall, an insurance underwriter and volunteer for veterans' organizations, died Friday, Sept. 19, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Genesis HealthCare-Wayne Center in Wayne. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Lynch graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. In 1965, he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Joseph's University, where he founded and was president of the Marketing Club. After graduating, he joined the Insurance Co. of North America (INA)
September 20, 2014 |
Martin R. Stenson, 71, of Springfield, Delaware County, a longtime insurance salesman and active community worker, died Sunday, Sept. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at his home. Mr. Stenson attended St. Thomas More Boys' High School in Philadelphia, where he forged many of his lifelong friendships. He graduated in 1952 and then served in the Army. In 1960, he was hired as a salesman with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. His office was first in Bala Cynwyd and later in Springfield. He stayed with the firm for almost 40 years.
September 15, 2014 |
In the 1970s and 1980s, Samuel W. Madara and his wife, Connie, traveled overseas several times to share ideas about insurance "with a broad group of insurance people," she said. They and others in their group were not simply Americans bringing their methods to other cultures, she said, but were also learning in seminars from foreign insurers. "It was an exchange of ideas peculiar in China" at the time, she said in a phone interview, because in the days before private enterprise, "they were all government workers.
August 30, 2014 |
Jeffrey B. Wallner, 65, of Cherry Hill, an insurance broker who owned Walnut Street Associates in Marlton, died of cancer on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at home. Mr. Wallner graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1967 and earned a bachelor's in business at Temple University in 1971. He later completed studies to become a chartered life underwriter, with expertise in life insurance and estate planning. "He started in the insurance business right out of college," his wife, Heather, said.
August 18, 2014 |
Shirley Tax spends her days at Chinatown Medical Services fielding questions from patients who bought health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Most of those queries revolve around Independence Blue Cross' best-selling, silver-level Keystone HMO Proactive plan. Tax says patients signed up for the tiered plan without really understanding how it worked. So when they receive a bill they take it to Tax and ask her to explain it. "Most of them didn't have insurance before," Tax, 26, says of her clients, many of whom are immigrants.
August 11, 2014 |
Nnamdi Asogwa's green 2010 Camry sits in his Upper Darby driveway, shiny and tagless testimony to the small nightmare he's been living. Asogwa, 33, is a Nigerian immigrant, and a U.S. citizen since 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in political science, an M.B.A., and a job as a project manager at Siemens Healthcare in Malvern. He also has a story that illustrates, at the very least, the risks of running even slightly afoul of the rules followed by the police, auto insurers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
August 11, 2014 |
Tony Burke was an energetic 2-year-old who loved drawing purple pictures of Barney and jumping on trampolines. But then his parents began to notice how he would grunt instead of talk, and couldn't look anyone in the eye. Before his third birthday, in 2005, he was diagnosed with autism. "It felt like my heart had been ripped out," said his mother, Suzanne Burke of Philadelphia. Seeking the best care, his parents found applied behavior analysis (ABA), a one-on-one therapy considered the most effective treatment to date for autism.