opinion Alicia Baker Opinion contributor Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 It was one of the happiest times of my life: I was preparing to marry my best friend, Josh. But because I was denied insurance coverage for the birth control I needed, the days and months leading up to my wedding were spent struggling to make ends meet and frustrated that decisions about my health were not my own to make. And if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, I fear many other families will face similar situations. Josh was one of the first people I met when I moved to Indiana, and we instantly clicked because of our shared values. We’re both Christians and have similar convictions, including our decision to abstain from sex until marriage. As our wedding approached, we knew it was time to prepare for that aspect of our married life, and so we started researching birth control. While we want kids eventually, we knew we wanted to wait. Like many other young couples, we … [Read more...] about I was denied insurance coverage for birth control. Kavanaugh would make the problem worse.
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Handelsblatt Explains The German health insurance system has evolved into a strange mix of public and private companies. In some ways, it’s effective; in other ways, surprisingly flawed. Published on July 30, 2018 7:55 am Everybody loves to whine about healthcare. In Britain, the single-payer National Health Service is free but also overburdened. In the United States, the fragmented system of employer-sponsored, government-run and individual insurance is patchy, unaffordable and leaves many people without any coverage. In Germany, too, people complain. But that is probably more because they’re German than because the system is bad. As an American living in Germany, I find this German hybrid healthcare system to be a breath of fresh air. The dozens of nonprofit public health insurers, bound by standard rates, make sure that everyone gets good coverage. And the auxiliary private insurers add a little free-market competition to keep things interesting. That said, the … [Read more...] about Why Germany’s two-tier health insurance system is so complicated
Tourists hiking in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on "unnecessary rescues", industry insiders say. Dodgy operators are scamming tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies by making multiple claims for a single chopper ride or pushing trekkers to accept airlifts for minor illnesses, an investigation by AFP has revealed. In other cases, trekking guides, promised commission if they get tourists to return by chopper, are offering helicopter rides to tired hikers as a quick way home, but billing them as rescues to insurance companies. The practice is so rampant helicopter pilots are reporting "rescuing" tourists who appear in perfectly fine health. "It's a racket that's tantamount to fraud, and it's happening on a large scale throughout Nepal," said Jonathan Bancroft of UK-based Traveller Assist, which carries out medical evacuations in … [Read more...] about ‘Unnecessary rescues’ soar in Nepal on profits from insurance payouts
0 Comments Irish-American businessman who played key role in Northern Ireland peace process passes away BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Former Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has paid tribute to Irish-American businessman William 'Bill' Flynn who played a key part in the IRA ceasefire of 1994 that paved the way for the Northern Ireland peace process. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/good-friday-agreement/irishamerican-businessman-who-played-key-role-in-northern-ireland-peace-process-passes-away-36972853.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/article36972850.ece/4729e/AUTOCROP/h342/NWS_20130211_UNC_010_26472390_I1 Email Former Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has paid tribute to Irish-American businessman William 'Bill' Flynn who played a key part in the IRA ceasefire of 1994 that paved the way for the Northern Ireland peace process. Mr Flynn died yesterday at his home in New York at the age of 92. He was a multi-millionaire businessman credited with … [Read more...] about Irish-American businessman who played key role in Northern Ireland peace process passes away
Long-term care insurance seemed like such a great idea. Buy a policy when you're in your 50s or 60s, while you're still relatively healthy, pay your monthly premiums and in return you'll have help managing the astronomical costs of a nursing home, assisted-living facility or personal aide when the time comes. This insurance was not only supposed to help you afford quality care, but it also was supposed to help protect your nest egg and legacy. You wouldn't have to spend all your hard-earned retirement savings on getting old. But long-term care insurance hasn't exactly worked out that way. The past few years have brought sky-high premium increases for most policyholders. In some cases, premium prices have doubled in the past two years. The latest bad news came last week when Mass Mutual, an insurance company that has so far avoided big LTC premium increases, announced that it would seek approval from regulators to charge an average of 77 percent more on many of its established … [Read more...] about The ever-rising cost of long-term care insurance