• Co-payments for expensive drugs go way up. Health insurance companies are rapidly adopting a new pricing system for very expensive drugs, asking patients to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for prescriptions for medications that may save their lives or slow
  • Health care businesses take off at airports. Reluctant to deal with the hassles of airport security, sales executive Michael D'Souza generally packs the syringes he needs for his daily medication in a bag that he checks when he travels. The strategy backfired
  • El seguro gap de automóvil. Si creías que pagando el seguro normal de tu auto estabas cubierto de la “A” a la “Z” respecto a cualquier problema en la carretera, te equivocas, pues en esa cobertura queda un gran


  • The year of budgeting magically. Financial counselors often tell their clients to prepare monthly budgets rather than yearly ones, on the theory that it is easier to predict expenses over a short period. But a paper recently published in The
  • No sure bets in personal data security. When a Maryland dental HMO acknowledged this week that it had accidentally posted the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of 75,000 members on its Web site, the revelation made news. But the security breach at
  • Genetic testing gets personal. In January, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, movers and shakers lined up to spit into test tubes -- the first step to having snippets of their DNA analyzed by 23andMe, a personalized
  • Finding your own health care insurance. Health care insurance is key to a family's financial security, perhaps second only to a paycheck. For the vast majority of workers, medical coverage comes through an employer. But more employers, particularly smaller ones, say
  • New ways to manage health data. You already bank online and use computer software to do your taxes. So why don't you trust technology to help you manage your health? Microsoft, Google and more than 100 Web sites offering personal health records
  • Health insurers get poor marks from hospitals. The nation's biggest health insurers lately have taken to rating hospitals on quality and cost, saying the information can help patients make better choices. Now, hospitals are giving insurers a dose of their own medicine.


  • Private Medicare plans’ cost questioned. Private Medicare plans often cost beneficiaries more than the traditional government-run Medicare program, Congressional investigators say. Many private plans advertise extra benefits and low costs. But in a report to be issued Thursday, the Government
  • Insurer fined $9M for dropping cancer patient. A woman who had her medical coverage canceled as she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer has been awarded more than $9 million in a case against one of California's largest health insurers. Patsy Bates, 52, a
  • New reasons to question mortgage costs. A seemingly arcane policy change by mortgage investor Freddie Mac sheds new light on issues of much broader concern for consumers: Do you really understand where the money flows -- all the nooks and crannies
  • L.A. sues insurer for cancelling customers. One of the state's largest insurers, Health Net Inc. of Woodland Hills, sold individual policies with the promise of medical coverage while engaging in a secret and illegal scheme to drop patients if they needed
  • Leave rules may tighten. Employers would get more authority to check on the reasons workers give for excused absences, under proposed changes to the U.S. family and medical leave regulations, a rule-tightening sure to trigger a political firestorm.
  • NY AG accuses UnitedHealth of overcharges. Several of the nation's largest health insurers used data rigged so that patients would overpay for visits to doctors outside the insurers' own networks, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo alleged Wednesday.Cuomo, who last
  • Más personas dejan de pagar sus cuentas. La Fundación Nacional para la Consejería de Créditos (NFCC) de Estados Unidos aseguró ayer que entre quienes han accedido a su portal de asesoramiento en asuntos crediticios, el número de personas
  • Quejas buenas y escritas. Un número de teléfono en el que es imposible hablar con un ser humano y un montón de reglas confusas son a menudo los primeros pasos a los que se enfrentan los
  • Agilizan trámites de ‘green cards’. En un intento por reducir el rezago en la expedición de las llamadas green cards o tarjetas verdes, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) decidió agilizar el trámite de residencia permanente para quienes
  • Hipotecas ajustables ponen en aprietos a la Fed. Joe Ripplinger sacó una hipoteca de $184,000 en el 2006 y hace sus pagos cada mes. Ahora debe $192,000. El pintor de casas de Minneápolis tiene una hipoteca de tasa ajustable con opciones de pago. Le permite

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