Countdown to Care: Winners and Losers

In the mad rush to pass budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the health care of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans is at stake – and time is running out.  As I write, only about half of the states have agreed to expand Medicaid, which will extend health coverage to residents who earn about $15,000 a year or less.  The closer we come to July 1, the greater the wins and harder the losses: Key Winners: 300,000 …

3 Questions When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates

Across the country, a number of gas and electric companies are looking to increase their customers’ bills. The cost of everything is going up, but sometimes utilities ask for too much. Here are 3 questions you should ask the next time your utility company tries to raise your rates: 1) When rates go up, will quality improve? Is the utility being held accountable for providing reliable service? 2) What impact do raised rates have on the company’s profit? Is the …

What Can We Do to Help Veterans?

As we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Let’s also remember the veterans who fought alongside those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They made sacrifices of their own while fighting for our country, to secure our safety. They left their families, often for long periods of time. Many were injured and continue to have health care needs. Today, let’s think about helping those veterans – and their families – …

The Takeaway: Insurance Agent Jailed for Selling Annuity to 83-Year-Old With Dementia

In California, independent insurance agent Glenn Neasham was sentenced to 90 days in jail for selling a complicated annuity plan to an 83-year-old woman who shows signs of dementia. It’s a case that has elder abuse advocates cheering, but which sends “shivers down the spines” of American insurance agents.

"Chaos" in California

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today on the Schwarzenegger administration’s rush to begin background checks for home health workers for the elderly and disabled – the plan is for those checks to begin next week. But, as the Times reports, social service chiefs from around the state are not ready to begin the time-consuming application process. This delay could mean that some patients go without care. On another note… CNNMoney.com has a valuable piece today answering the question of …

“Chaos” in California

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today on the Schwarzenegger administration’s rush to begin background checks for home health workers for the elderly and disabled – the plan is for those checks to begin next week. But, as the Times reports, social service chiefs from around the state are not ready to begin the time-consuming application process. This delay could mean that some patients go without care. On another note… CNNMoney.com has a valuable piece today answering the question of …