Can Your Face Predict How Long You’ll Live?

Scientists are working on technology that would predict how long you’re likely to live based on how your face has aged, the Washington Post reports. And you can help them – but more on that in a minute. The project is the brainchild of Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who told the Post that it’s drawn the interest of insurance company executives who see its potential for helping to set premiums. The technology is …

Is Congress Trying to Sneak Out of Obamacare? Don’t Bet on It

Few things rile some people as much as the new health care law and the benefits that Capitol Hill lawmakers give themselves. So it’s not at all surprising that the idea of Congress exempting itself from Obamacare would make political commentators’ tongues wag and an angry public Tweet like mad-real mad. But is it much ado about nothing? John Breshnahan and Jake Sherman of Politico touched off the venting with their report that lawmakers are worried that Obamacare could raise …

Study: Older People to See Lower Rates Under Health Law

By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News How the federal health law will affect premiums is among the most asked – and most controversial – questions in the final months before new rules kick in requiring most Americans to carry coverage. A white paper out Wednesday considers how the law will affect premiums for people who buy their own coverage because they don’t get it through their jobs. The answer?  It all depends, said the analysts at the Kaiser …

For Long-Term Care, Women Charged More

If you’re a woman shopping for long-term care insurance, prepare for some unwelcome news. Genworth Financial, one of the country’s biggest long-term care insurers, has announced that early next year it will start charging more for women than men – from 10 to nearly 40 percent more, the Wall Street Journal reports. Other insurers are expected to follow suit, said a spokesman for the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, a trade group. The increase is a reflection of the …