The new Health Insurance Marketplaceis off to a shaky start since its Oct. 1 launch, despite its intention to provide a simple, easily accessible comparison of healthcare plans and purchase coverage. At a Oct. 21 White House Rose Garden event, President Obama acknowledged glitches that have plagued the central online Marketplace, stating, “The problem has been that the website that’s supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody. And there’s no sugarcoating it. The website has been too slow. People have been getting stuck during the application process. And I think it’s fair to say that nobody is more frustrated by that than I am.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Do You Need Home Insurance?
Unlike Car Insurance there's no legal requirement to have home insurance, though some mortgage companies will make it a condition of the loan to have buildings cover. This raises the question do you need it at all?
Buildings cover is generally a good idea, as there's always the ‘loss of home' disaster scenario, though contents cover is a bit more wishy-washy. Ask yourself “what would I do if I lost everything?” How much of it would you actually want to replace? Having said that, done correctly contents cover can be very cheap, so the equation is pretty finely balanced. Still it may be worth self-insuring.
Monday, April 8, 2013
In this faltering economy, most of us have had to do some scrimping and belt-tightening, but health care is one area where it really doesn't pay to cut back. Unfortunately, for many Americans, life without health insurance isn't just a concern, it's a frightening reality: 42.8 million people under the age of 65 are uninsured, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Even when you don't have coverage, though, it's critical to keep up with checkups, screenings, and prescriptions — not only for your well-being (and your family's) but also for the health of your pocketbook: If you wind up sick or in the hospital because of a condition you ignored, you could find yourself buried in medical bills. (In fact, medical debt is a top cause of bankruptcy in the United States.) Luckily, you can still get the care you need if you're uninsured. Here's how.