September 6, 2013 |
The 10 most expensive ZIP Codes for car insurance in California are all in Los Angeles County, and Beverly Hills is most expensive city in the state to insure a vehicle, according to a new study. "Where you live is playing a big role in the rate you're paying," said Laura Adams, senior analyst for the website InsuranceQuotes, which commissioned the study. With a higher population density than anywhere else in the state, Los Angeles has more traffic, more accidents and more claims, Adams said.
September 5, 2013 |
Here's another item to add to the "That costs more in Los Angeles" list, and it isn't pretty: car insurance. The 10 most expensive ZIP Codes for car insurance in the state of California are all in the L.A. metro area. L.A. County is also the most expensive county in the state, while Beverly Hills wins the honor of most expensive city in the state to insure a vehicle. The findings are from a study commissioned by InsuranceQuotes.com. "Where you live is playing a big role in the rate you're paying," said Laura Adams, senior analyst for the website InsuranceQuotes.
August 24, 2013 |
In 1928, William Nickerson Jr., along with Norman Houston and George Beavers, founded the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Los Angeles to provide insurance to black people unable to purchase policies from white-owned institutions. The company flourished, evolving into one of the largest black-owned insurance companies west of the Mississippi. Through the years, the company amassed an extensive assemblage of African American art, one of the biggest corporate-owned collections in the nation.
August 23, 2013 |
After an outpatient procedure last summer, Sidney Fallender was expecting to go straight home. But when two nurses tried to get the 93-year-old Sherman Oaks resident on his feet, they discovered he was unable to walk on his own. "The doctor told her assistant to call the paramedics," Fallender recalled. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, less than a mile from his doctor's office, for possible emergency surgery. "A couple of weeks later I got a bill for the ambulance service in the amount of almost $1,000," he says.
August 23, 2013 |
Victoria Barzilai opened her mouth wide so the doctor could look at her sore throat. Not exactly a remarkable event, except that Barzilai was at home and the doctor was hundreds of miles away. Feeling too sick to drag herself to the school health center, the third-year UC Davis student had opted for a cyber-doctor visit, the 21st century version of a house call. A number of websites offer face-to-face consultations of the virtual kind to anyone with a credit card and access to a webcam-equipped computer.
August 16, 2013 |
When David Brutman received a $3,000 bill for his wife's colonoscopy, he was angry and confused. He thought the cost would all be covered because under the Affordable Care Act most insurers must cover the full cost of preventive care such as check-ups, vaccinations and screenings. It seemed straightforward enough, yet Brutman, a 41-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur, learned the hard way that the lines are easily blurred when it comes to determining whether services are considered preventive care or treatments that require payment.
July 31, 2013 |
If you bought your car in the last few years, chances are it's equipped with a device that records such data as how fast you are driving and whether you're wearing your seat belt. Chances are you don't know it's there. Black boxes aren't just for airplanes anymore. They were first installed by automakers as a way to analyze the performance of their cars if that became necessary, but it didn't take long for crash investigators to see them as a source of information about what led to an accident.
July 29, 2013 |
Major League Baseball reportedly has evidence that proves Alex Rodriguez used banned performance-enhancing substances and has offered the New York Yankees third baseman a deal that could salvage the final $61 million of his contract while effectively ending his career. Baseball officials have told Rodriguez they are preparing to suspend him, without pay, for the remainder of the 2013 season and all of 2014, the New York Daily News was first to report. If he accepts the suspension without appeal, he would be eligible to return in 2015.
July 28, 2013
Re "Kaiser's rising premiums spark employer backlash," July 25 Why is HMO Kaiser Permanente raising its premiums through the roof? In his book "Deadly Spin," former insurance company executive Wendell Potter wrote that the health insurance industry is dominated by a few large companies that have no reason to keep rate increases reasonable. I say that if insurance companies such as Kaiser Permanente continue to raise rates with impunity, don't be surprised if voters demand the public insurance option that President Obama originally proposed as part of his healthcare reform plan.
July 18, 2013 |
President Obama, facing a new Republican push to dismantle his healthcare law, redoubled his efforts to sell his signature achievement Thursday at a White House event with Americans who have benefited from the law. The president pledged to “blow through” GOP attacks on the law and continue working to implement it. Obama touted recent news from New York, California, Oregon and other states that have reported that insurance companies will...