November 24, 2013 |
Almost two months after its inglorious rollout, the healthcare.gov website appears to be slowly recuperating. But even if it is 80 percent healed by November's end, as some public statements suggest, it likely won't be the promised seamless shopping experience where consumers can compare plans and prices and see if they qualify for premium and cost-sharing subsidies. Several websites have stepped into the breach and are helping consumers unravel the differences among the various health insurance policies.
September 26, 2013 |
Federal officials on Tuesday shared the most detailed information yet on rates consumers can expect to see when the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges go live next week. The average monthly premium for the lowest-cost "bronze" individual plans will be $229 in Pennsylvania (among the lowest in the nation) and $333 in New Jersey (among the highest), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tax credits that are expected to apply to most purchasers would substantially lower rates in both states.
January 8, 1998 |
The hobby continues to change, and change isn't always good. With change often comes discomfort, and I was thinking that maybe we're not having as much fun in this hobby as we used to. In a recent letter sent along with his membership renewal in the Philadelphia A's Historical Society, Bob Weiss, of Elkins Park, Pa., commented: "Thanks for creating the A's Society, it made the hobby fun again . . . and that's what it's supposed to be. " And...
March 23, 1990 |
Profits fell 98 percent last year at Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., but company officials said yesterday that the decline was in line with expectations. The company has been scaling back in recent years, shedding some of its non-insurance operations to concentrate on its core business. That, coupled with a nearly $6 million dividend increase to policyholders, added up to the huge drop in net income to $22,000 last year from $14.3 million in 1988, according to the firm's annual report.
February 4, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I'm in a terrible dilemma over insurance. I am 35 and have recently become a first-time father to a beautiful baby girl. Naturally, the question of life insurance came up. We got seven calls from agents selling life insurance in the month following her birth. We contacted the guy who takes care of our car and homeowner's, and he came back with the statement that long-term disability insurance is more important. He said that death is more traumatic for the other family members, but disability is far more likely.
October 10, 1990 |
So, you have to catch a flight at the airport but don't want to take your car. What do you do? You could take a cab, but why spend $25 or more for a bumpy ride in a jalopy with a driver whose idea of good manners is sitting idly as you heave your bags into the back seat? You could reserve a seat aboard a passenger van, but being packed in like a sardine with a dozen strangers and half a ton of luggage isn't especially appealing, either. How about a stretch limousine?
October 19, 2000 |
Barry S. Slosberg Auctioneers will sponsor a three-day sales spectacular this weekend of catalog antique items, and a fleet of top-of-the line used automobiles. The Saturday auction will be made up of the inventory of more than 30 automobiles owned by Bergman Brothers Auto Sales & Service in Lansdale, Montgomery County. The owners are retiring. "At least 80 percent of all vehicles will be sold absolute, to the highest bidder, regardless of price," vows auctioneer Barry S. Slosberg Late model sedans to be placed on the block include two 1991 Turbo Saabs, one a convertible with low mileage, and some classic Volvos and BMWs, among them a 1989 BMW 325I convertible.
November 16, 1998 |
Associated Auctioneers on Wednesday will slim down the assets of 10 Nutri System Weight Loss Centers with an absolute business termination auction of Nutri System's office equipment, scales and examination tables. "We're talking six tractor-trailer loads of top-of-the-line merchandise, all to be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price," said Associated floor manager Ed Barkowitz. Other items from the 10 recently shuttered centers include fax machines, floor safes, hand carts, storage cabins, computers and security systems.
February 15, 2015 |
Lou Franzini is a patient but persistent man. For most of the last year, the 64-year-old retired banker from Exton has been trying to get the Affordable Care Act website to correct his online account to show that he had coverage in 2014. Yet no matter with whom he speaks or what proof he shows, the error remains. Franzini's proof of insurance is pretty solid: a paid hospital bill to the tune of roughly $500,000. That's what he estimates Independence Blue Cross doled out for his cancer care last year, less, of course, his monthly premium and $6,350 maximum out-of-pocket cost.
June 7, 1987
LET US NOT ENSHRINE EASTERN STATE We read Kenneth Finkel's May 24 Op-ed Page article about the Eastern State Penitentiary with great interest. He raises some important points about the future use of this significant structure. However, Mr. Finkel has painted a very romantic view of the facility and has glossed over several important points. The 1855 lithograph reproduced with the article shows the prison cell blocks radiating from the central control tower within the great enclosing stone walls.