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April 11, 2003 |
Denny Freidenrich of Laguna Beach says the question came to him in the shower. He owns a consulting business, but he began wondering if he was also a soldier. A soldier, that is, in the war on terrorism declared by President Bush. More specifically, Freidenrich wondered whether his wife and three kids would collect life insurance were he to die, for example, from smallpox spread by a bioterrorist attack. In past conventional wars, the families of soldiers killed in battle didn't collect traditional life insurance.
October 4, 2013 |
Maridean's daughter and son-in-law were booked on a Caribbean cruise. Things didn't work out so well. The couple was at San Francisco International Airport in June, awaiting their flight to the Caribbean, when Asiana Flight 214 crashed on the runway. Flights into and out of the airport were immediately canceled. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions As a result of circumstances beyond their control, they missed their cruise but had to swallow the cost. Maridean asks: Would travel insurance have protected them in this situation?
November 15, 1987
The Oct. 25 article by Toni Taylor on the fine print in travel insurance policies should be required reading for all seniors about to commit their funds to a trip. Insurance is a high commission item on a salesperson's agenda and it is routinely presented to all travelers. It is an excellent idea, and in most cases well worth the mental comfort that it affords. But that fine print: We used trip cancellation insurance issued by a reputable company. My husband was stricken with really debilitating vertigo the afternoon before we were to sail on a cruise.
February 5, 2013
Re "Getting nicked by razor blade makers," Column, Feb. 1 Ralph Nader warned of built-in obsolescence in the 1960s. Back then, we ladies were asking, "If we can put a man on the moon, why can't they come up with a sheer stocking that doesn't run?" We live in a disposable world, and most financing and corporate planning seems based on that. It sort of makes a joke of recycling. David Lazarus' column on razor blades that seem built not to last touches on a theme that crosses my mind almost daily.
July 14, 2012
Re "NAACP boos Romney comments," July 12 Mitt Romney said to the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People that he will eliminate "nonessential, expensive programs" like President Obama's healthcare law. Romney was telling his fellow Americans that healthcare for millions of uninsured children, people with preexisting conditions and young people who can now stay on their parents' insurance policies longer are nonessential,...
July 9, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- A surprise sweep for unlicensed building contractors has resulted in 104 enforcement actions by a multi-agency state task force. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Monday that the sweep hit off-the-books operators in 11 counties on June 20 and 21. Investigators carried out the enforcement actions in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as in Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Kern, Monterey,...
October 2, 1985 |
News item: Quarterback Robbie Bosco buys a $500,000 insurance policy, payable in case of a disabling injury during his senior season at BYU. Creatively written sports insurance policies, some with unusual, almost bizarre wrinkles, are becoming commonplace these days. Mostly, they're being bought by college and pro athletes, and those in transition. Pete Eishelman, who works for Boston-based American Sports Underwriters, Inc.
April 8, 2012 |
Healthcare is different. That, according to defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- "Obamacare" -- is the justification for the law's individual mandate. FOR THE RECORD: This piece has been updated to reflect editing changes that appeared in the print version of the Op-Ed but not in the original Web version. The Web version originally said that catastrophic insurance is prohibited and outlawed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and in the author's opinion, the act shifts costs unfairly to all those covered.
May 31, 2013 |
The central provisions of the Affordable Care Act require younger and healthier Americans to buy insurance policies that will, in essence, subsidize the healthcare of older and sicker Americans. But one of Obamacare's hidden taxes - a new limit on contributions to health flexible spending accounts, or FSAs - will hit older and chronically ill individuals hardest. Starting this year, the healthcare law imposes a $2,500 annual cap on an individual's contribution to an FSA that is part of an employer's "cafeteria" benefits plan.