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...
July 9, 2013
Re "What we, the people, want," Editorial, July 4 Let me get this straight: The Democrats pass what used to be the healthcare plan championed by conservatives, and the problems with the law are, essentially, that "both parties do it. " No other developed nation is interested in the slightest about the progress or outcome of the Affordable Care Act. Why? Because it will do nothing to change the fact that the United States is considered the poster child for how not to do healthcare.
July 4, 2013 |
You might think that once the Obama administration decided to postpone a key but controversial feature of the 2010 healthcare law -- the requirement that larger businesses offer full-time workers affordable insurance -- it would have put on hold the even more controversial requirement that employers provide free contraceptive coverage. You would be wrong. Administration officials confirmed Wednesday that insurers will still be required to offer all 10 essential health benefits, including preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs, in new policies.
June 27, 2013 |
Are the New York Yankees so desperate to get rid of Alex Rodriguez that they would risk committing insurance fraud? Or are they just so frustrated with Rodriguez - and the never-ending soap opera that accompanies him - that they continue to suggest publicly that a guy with no apparent capacity for embarrassment wants to avoid embarrassment? In January, after a Miami New Times report linked Rodriguez to the Florida clinic at the heart of baseball's investigation into performance-enhancing drugs , the Yankees - er, "sources" - floated the idea that he might retire because his surgically repaired hip might not allow him to resume his career.
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June 15, 2013 |
San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered brain damage when he was assaulted at Dodger Stadium two years ago, was recently sent home from a Bakersfield rehabilitation center because his insurance company stopped covering his 24-hour care, his family said this week on its website. Stow's insurance company will no longer pay for him to stay at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, so the family decided to bring him home to the Santa Cruz area and find ways to help him continue to progress.
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June 14, 2013 |
A former attorney in Orange County has been convicted and sentenced for embezzling more than $200,000 in insurance claims and for defrauding his clients, prosecutors said Friday. Tuan Thanh Tran, 44, of Irvine, pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 felony counts and was sentenced to one year in jail, five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said that between May 2011 and February 2012, Tran represented five clients who were seeking damages from traffic accidents.
June 7, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Tired of rooting around in the car's glove compartment for a crumpled proof-of-insurance card when you're unlucky enough to be pulled over by a traffic cop? No worry, if you have a smartphone or tablet computer. California is the seventh of 24 states in the country to make it legal to show an electronic proof of insurance. Dangerous Rides? The top 5 cars for personal injuries On Jan. 1, California began allowing drivers to use the so-called e-insurance cards.
April 29, 2013 |
The Obama administration approved $1.83 billion to help New Jersey recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, which six months ago to the day pounded through the state and metropolitan New York City areas, bring flooding, destruction and death. Half a year after the storm, the region has made major advances in cleaning up, but tens of thousands of people remain homeless and major chunks of the local economy, including tourism, remain a question mark as the summer vacation season is set to return.
April 26, 2013
Re "Slick questions lead to claim denial," Column, April 23 I am shocked to the bone that travel insurance provider Allianz would deny a claim. We all know how compassionate insurance companies are. They are here to help us with prompt service for legitimate claims. Of course, they are the ones that determine if a claim is indeed legitimate. Is it any wonder that consumers are wary of almost every service available? Chuck Rinaldi Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Remembering genocide Letters: The common core revolution Letters: A boost for breakfast in school