November 5, 2006
Your Oct. 14 piece on long-term care insurance, "Trusting a Promise to Care," belonged in the Op-Ed section of the paper. Vera Smith may well have a legitimate case against her insurance company, though it would be difficult to discern from the evidence reporter Molly Selvin has offered. The simple fact is that the long-term care insurance industry is paying tens of thousands of claims totaling millions of dollars. Selvin's premise that payments in long-term care insurance are a problem is belied by her own article: The 2,500 complaints (which may or may not be justified)
April 22, 1997 |
The U.S. attorney's office has charged three men and a woman with fraud in connection with an alleged $50-million scheme involving investments secured by illegitimate life insurance policies for the terminally ill.
December 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama can't yet claim to have turned a corner, but he does seem to have stopped a politically damaging slide in public approval for himself and his new healthcare law, new polling data indicate. After seven months of steady decline, public approval of Obama's job performance has ticked upward, according to a new Pew Research Center survey . The poll finds 45% of Americans approve of Obama's work and 49% disapprove. That's the highest approval and closest margin since mid-summer, when the president's ratings first turned negative.
March 1, 2012 |
A GOP-led attempt to roll back new rules requiring insurance companies to provide free contraceptive care was dismissed by the Senate -- a rejection of a Republican pivot toward conservative social issues and a victory for President Obama's healthcare law. The 51-48 vote to table the Republican measure showed dissent among the GOP, as several Republican senators said the legislation was too broad for their support. Republicans say the new Obama administration policy is an affront to religious freedom and an example of the administration's regulatory overreach.
January 9, 1989 |
The small, frail-looking retarded woman doesn't know it, but she is paying monthly premiums on $5,000 worth of insurance on her life. Neither does she know that, when she dies, the sister of the woman who owns and operates the run-down community care facility in which she lives will collect the insurance money. In fact, the thin young woman with wide vacant eyes doesn't even know the meaning of the word insurance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1986 |
A Canoga Park man who pleaded no contest in May to six charges of grand theft for selling fraudulent insurance policies was sentenced Monday to three years in County Jail. Robert R. Stuart Jr., 38, could have received a maximum term of six years for the offenses but agreed to enter the plea in exchange for the lighter sentence. Los Angeles Municipal Judge David M.
September 25, 1985 |
A 17-year-old youth sought by Florida authorities for allegedly faking his own death by shark attack in a $100,000 life insurance fraud has been arrested in the Lomita area while driving erratically in a stolen car, authorities said Tuesday. Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Joe Eubanks said Jeffrey Justice, of Fort Pierce, Fla., "attracted the attention" of a deputy, who spotted the youth driving across the center line on Pacific Coast Highway early Monday.
June 16, 1991
The article "Bare-Bones Health Insurance Criticized" (June 3) reported the efforts of the advocacy group Families USA Foundation to curtail the marketing of high-deductible health insurance policies. Health insurance policy cost-sharing features such as deductibles and co-insurance provisions encourage the insured to use medical services more prudently. The $5,000-deductible policy decried by the lobbying group is nothing more than an extension of this principle. The average person will consume fewer health-care services if they are covered under these high-deductible policies.
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.