Insurance

Should your insurance company pay for medical marijuana?

As marijuana proves safer and more effective than opiates, several court rulings may set a new precedent<p>Recent court rulings in Canada and the U.S. could set a new precedent for insurance companies to pay for doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. In the last few months, in consideration of the …

Marijuana

The Future Of Obamacare Is In Trump’s Hands

After seven years, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump announced Friday that Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care …

Health Care

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year.<p>The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect …

Health Care

Must What Went Up Now Come Down?

With the election of President Trump, as expected, Obamacare would be assigned to the dustbin of history.<p>Consequently, in lockstep, the prices of …

NYSE

It’s Time for a Single-Payer Healthcare System

We have had “Obamacare” and now the Republicans have fallen short in replacing it with “Ryancare” (a.k.a. “Trumpcare”). Both plans have their unforgiving and deep critics and enemies.<p>I think that it is time to adopt the healthcare system that Canada and most other nations have: a <b>single-payer</b> …

Health Care

These Are All the Lies Trump's Administration Told This Week

Including misleading tweets.<p>This week, the official POTUS account live-tweeted misinformation during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI director James Comey and NSA director Michael Rogers, including claims that the intelligence community denounced in real time.<p>The Atlantic …

Disability Insurance

Here's a Golden Retriever Riding a Pony Just In Case You Needed Some Weird Today

Kaspar the pony met Monza the golden retriever when she was just five months old. While most horses aren’t especially fond of dogs, Kaspar’s owners …

Liability Insurance

New Parents: 2 Crucial Money Moves To Make Within Your Baby's First Year

I’ll never forget holding my infant son in my arms and rocking him back to sleep in the middle of the night by the fireplace. In that moment, life stood still for me.<p>Whenever I think of those early days, that wonderful memory of holding my tiny boy comes back to me as if it were yesterday, even …

Disability Insurance

The GOP’s true health care problem

The difference between Trump’s and Obama’s closing health care pitches says it all.<p>On Wednesday, I wrote about the closing argument President Donald Trump was making to skittish Republican legislators. Vote for the bill, he’s been telling them, or you’ll lose your seat.<p>That night, I received a call …

Health Care

This is what happens when maternity care isn’t an “essential” health benefit

If Republicans succeed at health care reform, motherhood will get a lot costlier.<p>For Mary Saville, 41, giving birth to four children in the US has brought joy, but also stress and worry about how to pay for them.<p>Saville, a self-employed nonprofit worker now based in Tampa, Florida, had her children …

Health Care

Republicans Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine

After seven years chasing Obamacare, the elephants finally caught the car. Ha!<p>Was that a great thing to watch or what? Here was Paul Ryan, who made the hubristic mistake of trying to pass a bill on the seventh anniversary of Obamacare for symbolism’s sake before he had the votes. There was Donald …

Republicans

Fact Checker from The Washington Post

<b>President Trump’s false claims about Obamacare, wiretapping and … his own false claims</b><p>President Trump criticized fact-checkers at a speech this week: “If it’s off by one-hundredth of a percent, I end up getting Pinocchios.”<p>But we beg to differ. Under our standards, being off by 100th of a …

Health Care

The GOP effort to repeal Obamacare appears dead, for now. But let's remember what they wanted to do

U<i>PDATE: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has pulled the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill, canceling a vote that had been scheduled for Friday afternoon. The move appears to signal that the repeal effort is dead, at least for the near future.</i><p>We were perhaps a bit too negative when we observed after the …

Health Care

Why It Matters How We Define 'Insurance'

One seemingly simple question is central to the debate over Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare: What is insurance?<p>Republicans want to strip out the regulations in Obamacare that require some people—primarily the young, male and healthy–to pay more so that others–mostly the elderly, female and …

Car Insurance

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.<p>The measure would repeal major parts of Obama's health law, capping future funding for Medicaid and cutting tax …

Health Care

With AHCA Pulled Can We Finally Be Adults And Deal With Healthcare?

With Paul Ryan having pulled the American Health Care Act of 2017 from a floor vote to avoid a bigger embarrassment than Republicans and the Trump administration have already undergone, many people I know are cheering. Their current insurance coverage and that in the near future remains intact. …

Health Care

Aspen Dental becomes 'Official Dentist of NASCAR.'

NASCAR and Aspen Dental, one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, announced a …

Health Insurance

I'm Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month For the First Time

"I came into March the happiest I have ever been."<p>Who doesn’t love a good celebration? The excuse to get dressed up, go somewhere nice, and celebrate someone for doing something great, being born, or having something great happen to them. I am the friend in my friend groups who loves everyone …

Health Insurance

Here's What Older Americans Need to Know About the Age Tax

Countless seniors will see their health insurance premiums jump if Trump's healthcare plan goes through.<p>Utter the word "Obamacare" in a crowded room, …

Retirement

Governor vetoes health fees bill, says offers little benefit

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill earlier this week that would have allowed doctors to charge patients periodic fees for basic health services …

Health Care

The Trump White House doesn’t get some very basic things about how pregnancy works

Let me teach you about the birds and the bees.<p>The House is expected to vote Friday on a bill that, if a faction of the most conservative House …

Health Care

Securing Life Insurance for a Divorce Settlement

We’re all aware of the scary statistic that 40 to 50% of married couples in the United States divorce. Yet many people don’t also realize that …

Life Insurance

Modern Insurance System Has Its Roots In Medieval Anatolia

A few centuries ago, protecting roads in Anatolia was honorable work for its people, which led to the establishment of a primitive accident insurance …

Life Insurance

Why One-Third of Cruise Passengers Stay on the Ship

A recent Wave Season survey conducted by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance showed that 34.3% of Americans stay on the ship …

Travel Insurance

L.A. without the NEA: How one little-known program saves museums millions

When the Palm Springs Art Museum was arranging “Women of Abstract Expressionism,” all the typical special exhibition concerns arose: How to tell the story of 12 largely unrecognized female artists? How best to configure and install the works? Myriad logistical issues came with the shipping of 50 …

Fact check: GOP’s Obamacare obituary is premature

Republicans repeatedly claim that Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” collapsing of its own weight. This is wishful thinking on their part, with little evidence to support it.<p>Examples of the GOP line:<p>“[T]he law is collapsing,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said over the weekend on <i>Fox News Sunday</i>. He cited …

Health Care

Medical marijuana – high time the Dutch got their message straight

<b>The Netherlands is a major exporter of medical marijuana, even though it has never been formally approved here as a treatment for Dutch patients. And</b> …

Cannabis

Manitoba man nearly lost foot to infection after Mexico trip

A trip to paradise ended in the health scare of a lifetime for a Manitoba man.<p>Darren Thomas returned from a winter getaway in Mexico at the end of …

Travel Insurance

Insurance Companies Could Profit From Fewer Customers Under GOP Plan

The House Republicans' embattled health care bill has plenty of detractors: Democrats, hospitals, the American Medical Association and the House Freedom Caucus all oppose it. But the insurance industry is not on that list, even though it stands to lose millions of customers.<p>One reason is that …

Health Care

4 Financial Moves to Make When You Have a Baby

Having a baby changes everything.<p>Most major life events have an impact on your finances in some way and prompt you to make important financial …

Retirement