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    This year's destructive wildfire season will land the state of Oregon a $25 million payout as part of its unique deal with an English insurance market. Joy Krawczyk, public affairs manager of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), said on Monday that the department estimates the gross costs of the state's wildfires stand at more than $100 million. The state will be looking at an estimated net cost of around $50 million after recoveries from FEMA and other government agencies, Krawczyk said. This total would be enough to activate Oregon's insurance policy with Lloyd's of London, a body established in 1871 which manages a market underwritten by 90 members including corporations, investment funds, individuals, and entities such...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Insurance Department says more than $2.6 million in life unclaimed insurance benefits has been found for residents since 2016. The department said each year, millions of dollars in life insurance benefits go unclaimed by beneficiaries who can't find their loved ones' policies, or don't know the policies exist. A life insurance policy locator service is used by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to help track down polices or annuity contracts of late family members or friends. Since 2016, there have been 758 search requests in New Hampshire and 283 policies have been matched. To request a policy locator search, consumers can complete the association's online Life Insurance Policy Locator Service request form....
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    There women are accused of fraud in Mississippi. (Photos: TN.Gov) Loading the player... Three mothers face prison time for allegedly using false addresses in order to obtain health care benefits for their children. Read More: 2 Black moms call for investigation after being separated from babies, handcuffed by Secret Service The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, reports the three separate incidents of fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Shelby County sheriff, and the Desoto County sheriff collaborated on the arrest of 47-year-old Nakina Brooks who they claim falsely reported a Tennesee address while living in Mississippi to maintain TennCare benefits for herself and her son. According to the report, over $5K in claims was paid...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., expressed optimism that progressive Democrats can “likely” push Joe Biden further to the left if he’s elected president. She noted that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, is reportedly concerned that Biden is not far left enough, an assessment she said she agrees with. "We're different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Senator Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to climate change to foreign policy,” Ocasio-Cortez told “Just the...
    zoranm | E+ | Getty Images Your health insurance company may owe you some money. Depending on how you get your coverage, you could be one of the 7.9 million policyholders expected to get a piece of about $2.7 billion in premium rebates from various insurers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. While such refunds are issued yearly, the anticipated amount would be nearly double the $1.4 billion issued last year. Generally, you're more likely to get a rebate — or already have received one in recent weeks — if you have an individual policy (including through a state health exchange or the federal one) or participate in a small- or large-group plan, said Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow with the...
    Many members of the mainstream media have made sure to paint nationwide protests as “peaceful” in recent months-- and “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell demonstrated how far they're willing to go on Wednesday night. Axios reported earlier in the day that damage caused by "riots and civil disorders” from May 26 through June 8 would cost insurance companies between $1-2 billion. DAMAGE FROM RIOTS ACROSS US WILL COST AT LEAST $1B IN CLAIMS: REPORT “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell said “mostly peaceful” protests resulted in $1-2 billion of damage. (Michele Crowe/CBS via AP) “The vandalism and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police will cost the insurance industry more than any other violent demonstrations in recent...
    The rioting, looting, and arson that was seen in some 20 states in the days and weeks following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could cost the insurance industry up to $2billion in claims, it has been reported. The previous record for the costliest period of civil unrest in insurance history was set in 1992, when Los Angeles was engulfed in violence for a week after the acquittal of four police officers filmed in the beating of Rodney King. The Los Angeles riots resulted in $775million in insurance claims being paid out. When taking inflation into account, that would amount to $1.42billion, according to Axios. Other costly instances of civil unrest include the 1965 Watts riots...
    The total cost of damages from the riots sparked by the death of George Floyd surpassed the cost of the 1992 Rodney King riots, according to estimates from insurance claims throughout the United States. The string of riots that followed Floyd's death from May 26 to June 8 are expected to cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, according to Axios. The protests took place throughout 140 U.S. cities, with some of the demonstrations devolving into violent riots filled with vandalism, arson, and looting. This year's riots surpassed the destruction that took place in 1992 in Los Angeles between April 29 and May 4, following the acquittal of the officers who had beaten King. Those riots cost $775...
    Vandalism and looting across 20 states in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody earlier this year reportedly led to at least $1 billion in damages. A company called Property Claim Services (PCS) has tracked insurance claims pertaining to civil disorder for the past 70 years, and says the arson, vandalism and looting from civil unrest in 2020 will incur up to $2 billion of paid insurance claims, Axios reported this week. While an overwhelming majority of protests inspired by Floyd's death were peaceful, insurance companies are reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in costs in at least seven major cities. PCS classifies any damages amounting to over $25 million in insurance losses as a "catastrophe," and says 2020 marks the first...
    Riots and looting that took place following George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department will cost insurance companies up to $2 billion, making them the most expensive incident in insurance history. Floyd’s death on Memorial Day weekend sparked nationwide anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests, which agitators, bent on violence, used as cover to wreak havoc in many of America’s major cities. The resulting damage is already costing cities like Minneapolis in the hundreds of millions of dollars, per Minneapolis Business Journal, and now insurance companies report they could be on the hook for billions more. Axios reports Wednesday that insurance companies could pay up to $2 billion to cover damages, rendering the Floyd riots the...
    The domestic terrorists in Antifa and Black Lives Matter have accomplished one thing: the most costly riots in the history of our country, reports the far-left Axios. Property Claim Services, a company that tracks insurance claims filed due to riots and the like, found that the left-wing riots that occurred between May 26 and June 8 of this year could reach $2 billion in insurance claims. Obviously, because the left’s domestic terrorism extended well beyond June 8 and is still ongoing, the company acknowledges “this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.” Most importantly, these estimates are all being compared based on 2020 dollars. Meaning, previous riots, like the 1992 Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, cost...
    A Slovenian woman and her boyfriend are headed to jail after a court determined the pair engaged in insurance fraud. The woman, Julija Adlesic, was determined to have cut off her own hand with a circular saw in an attempt to secure more than $1 million in disability insurance payments. What are the details? According to the Slovenian Press Agency, 22-year-old Adlesic and her boyfriend concocted the plan to cash out a variety of disability insurance policies after she decided to cut off her own hand in early 2019. Adlesic's boyfriend, Sebastien Abramov, was said to have taken out at least five insurance policies on Adlesic. The five policies totaled approximately $1.16 million. Following the grisly incident,...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the U.S. economy crashed, median household income was the highest ever on record, but the number of U.S. residents without health insurance also increased, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Median household income in 2019 was $68,703, an increase of 6.8% from the previous year. That figure surpassed past boom-before-the bust years in 2007, when it was $62,090 in 2019 dollars and in 1999, when it was $62,641 in 2019 dollars, according to the Census Bureau. The poverty rate in 2019 was 10.5%, a decrease from 11.8% in 2018. It was the fifth consecutive annual decline in the national poverty rate, according to...
    The City of Statesboro and Bulloch County have partnered with East Georgia Healthcare Center (EGHC) to provide free COVID-19 testing. The partnership is part of an ongoing effort to increase testing capacity in Bulloch County. Testing will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, September 15 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Luetta Moore Park located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458. Currently, the Bulloch County Health Department does not offer testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, through this strategic partnership, Bulloch County residents and residents from surrounding counties will now have access to COVID-19 testing 6 days a week. The COVID-19 tests...
    A  woman who deliberately sawed off her hand has been jailed for insurance fraud. Julija Adlesic, 22, from Slovenia, agreed with her boyfriend to sever her left hand above the wrist to claim £700,000. But investigators found they had signed contracts with five insurance companies a year earlier. Julija Adlesic, 22, from Slovenia, agreed with her boyfriend to sever her left hand above the wrist to claim £700,000 Her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison while his father received a one-year suspended sentence.  Adlesic was given two years behind bars. In hospital, Adlesic said she injured herself while sawing branches. Authorities said the trio left the hand behind to ensure the disability was permanent, but police recovered it...
    A YOUNG woman who deliberately sliced her hand off with a circular saw so she could claim a £925,000 insurance payout has been jailed. Julija Adlesic, 22, from Ljubljana, Slovenia, agreed with her boyfriend to chop off her left hand above the wrist — and then leave it at home when they went to the hospital so it could not be reattached. 3Julija Adlesic went to extreme measures to bag nearly a £1m in an insurance payoutCredit: Sky News 3Julija Adlesic appeared in court wearing a mask and a blanket over her armCredit: Sky News Adlesic was found guilty of attempted insurance fraud by a court in the city and sentenced to three years. Prosecutors said how about a year...
    NEW YORK (CBS/AP) – Century 21 Stores – a destination for bargain hunters looking for fat deals on designer dresses and shoes, cosmetics and housewares for nearly 60 years – has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is winding down its business, shutting all 13 stores across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. The Philadelphia location at 821 Market St. is one of the largest in the Fashion District. Century 21 joins more than two dozen retailers who have filed for bankruptcy since the pandemic which forced non-essential stores to temporarily close. In a statement, the New York-based company said that the decision followed nonpayment by the company’s insurance providers of approximately $175 million due under policies put in...
    Americas Got Talent Season 15 Finalists The Typical Retiree’s Income Is Shockingly Low Patrick Mahomes record-breaking $503 million contract is so big the Kansas City Chiefs have taken out insurance in case it all goes wrong © Charlie Riedel/AP Images Patrick Mahomes. Charlie Riedel/AP Images The Kansas City Chiefs have added an insurance policy to Patrick Mahomes record breaking $503 million contract. According to ESPN, the policy protects the Chiefs in the event that Mahomes suffers a serious injury and is unable to play, while also providing salary-cap credit for any missed time. Mahomes signed the most lucrative contract in NFL history in July, penning a 10-year extension with the Chiefs that will keep him with the team through the 2031...
    Patrick Mahomes. Charlie Riedel/AP Images The Kansas City Chiefs have added an insurance policy to Patrick Mahomes record breaking $503 million contract. According to ESPN, the policy protects the Chiefs in the event that Mahomes suffers a serious injury and is unable to play, while also providing salary-cap credit for any missed time. Mahomes signed the most lucrative contract in NFL history in July, penning a 10-year extension with the Chiefs that will keep him with the team through the 2031 season. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Kansas City Chiefs have added an insurance policy to Patrick Mahomes record breaking $503 million contract. Mahomes signed the most lucrative contract in NFL history in July, penning a 10-year extension...
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    Democratic elected officials and Miami-Dade workers gathered and set off in a motorcade to the headquarters of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. “We are not just the union workers; we are the undocumented workers, the workers who don’t have a voice in this community, who are the workers who are moving the economy of this country,” said Richard Quincose, a Miami worker. Viviana Jiménez and her husband survived the Covid but after losing their job they have been left unprotected. “Here so that everyone listens to us, so that the central government listens to us and knows that any help they can give is minimal.” They called on the federal...
    The view from the Six Senses Kocatas Mansions. Talal Al Rashed In August, I flew from New York to Turkey. It's one of the few countries inviting American travelers, and its relatively strong coronavirus response makes it an attractive destination. The country offers cheap travel insurance to cover medical costs if you get the virus, businesses take precautions by wrapping everything in plastic, and there are hand-sanitizing stations everywhere you look. The country's beauty and optimistic vibe stood in stark contrast with New York. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In early August, I did something that many friends and family thought was completely crazy — I went to New York's JFK Airport, boarded a Turkish Airlines...
    THE British mum fighting for her life in a £10,000-a-day Turkish hospital will be able to fly home after her family fought against insurance red tape. Carole Fleming, 67, was visiting her son-in-law's family when she was struck down with a mystery illness. Carole Fleming, 67, is critically ill in a Turkish hospital Carole, right, with daughter Steph and son-in-law Alper Uyar before she became ill Carole and Steph together in Turkey Her devastated family revealed recently that they were told they would only be repatriated for the hospital bills if she dies. But now her insurer Axer, who allegedly refused to pay, has now agreed to foot the bill. Good Samaritans also helped to raise £37,000 for a flight...
    In a not so surprising report released this week, health insurance premiums have more than double for most insured people in nearly every state – and the bottom line for insurers continues to improve. QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation’s online insurance marketplaces released a report on how top health insurers reported billions in profit prior to -and even during- the pandemic. From the press release on the report: With many in the U.S. struggling during the pandemic, it’s health insurance companies that are thriving. Top health insurance companies UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Anthem reported billion-dollar second-quarter profits that doubled year over year. How is...
    New York (CNN Business)First-time claims for unemployment benefits fell below a million again last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. This happened before -- in early August -- before claims reversed course and bounced higher.Another 881,000 Americans filed initial claims for benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis.Continued jobless claims, which count people filing for benefits for at least two weeks in a row, stood at a sesaonally adjusted 13.3 million, more than 1 million lower than last week.A wonky aspect in the report: The Labor Department changed its methodology for seasonal adjustments starting with this report. Usually, seasonal adjustments are designed to smooth the data and make it more easily comparable. But during the pandemic's unprecedented effect on...
    VACAVILLE (CBS13) — No home, no job, and no way to rebuild, a Vacaville couple is left scrambling to figure out how to move forward after their home was destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. “Within a minute or two, there was a pounding on the door from the authorities. They said, “Gotta get out, gotta get out,” said Curt Hatton. Hatton and his wife Aree took one last look at their home and the sign above their front door which read, “no bad days.” They fled the fire, which in minutes, took over Gibson Canyon. “Two days later, just rolling embers,” said Curt Hatton. The place they called home for 20 years was now just ash and debris....
    VIDEO2:4302:43China's aging boomers may see a virus-led drive in health care infrastructure spendSquawk Box Asia China's baby boomers are set to retire in the coming years, and they're spending in different ways compared to the current retirees, according to a Credit Suisse report. These baby boomers — defined in the report as those born in the 1960s — are more aware of having their health-care needs covered, and that's set to lead to a "very sharp shift" in trends in the country, said Will Stephens, Asia Pacific head of quantitative and systematic strategy at the bank. Effects from the aging population will be felt across a wide range of industries, from health care to insurance, and travel and e-commerce, according to the report, which surveyed...
    VACAVILLE (CBS13) – No home, no job, and no way to rebuild, a Vacaville couple is left scrambling to figure out how to move forward after their home was destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. “Within a minute or two, there was a pounding on the door from the authorities. They said, “Gotta get out, gotta get out,” said Curt Hatton. Hatton and his wife Aree took one last look at their home and the sign above their front door which read, “no bad days.” They fled the fire, which in minutes, took over Gibson Canyon. “Two days later, just rolling embers,” said Curt Hatton. The place they called home for 20 years was now just ash and debris....
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Personal FinanceLosing the extra $600 unemployment benefit may not have stopped Americans from spending money, J.P. Morgan credit card data shows ‘We see little sign that the benefit expiration has marked a major turning point for the overall economy,’ one J.P. Morgan economist said. What’s an SOS advance directive? What medical ethics experts think and who is using them Not since the 1918 pandemic has this country contemplated rationing vital medical resources on a wide scale. As Louisiana recovers from Hurricane Laura, here’s what homeowners should know about the fine print in their insurance policies Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover damage from some types of natural disasters. Is this the bottle that...
    As residents of Louisiana begin to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Laura, some homeowners may be disappointed to learn that their insurance won’t cover all of their losses. An early estimate from property data firm CoreLogic CLGX, +0.29% suggests that Hurricane Laura caused between $8 billion and $12 billion in insured losses for residential and commercial properties in Louisiana and Texas. Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana on Thursday as a Category 4 storm — the 10th strongest tropical storm to ever hit the United States. While the magnitude of the damage is stunning, it’s far less than other storms that have battered those states, including Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. And luckily for many residents, forecasters’ fears of an...
    Report: Big Ten considering Thanksgiving start for 2020 college football season The Best Movie That Came Out the Year You Graduated, According to Critics Millions of Americans have lost health insurance in this pandemic-driven recession. Here are their options Up to 12 million Americans may have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance during the pandemic. Here's how they can get covered again. © Provided by CNBC Amid one of the worst public-health crises in history, a record number of Americans are without health insurance. Amid historic levels of unemployment, as many as 12 million Americans may have lost their health insurance since February, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute.  Load Error "Because most...
    SISTER Wives star Christine Brown showed off her figure in a "sexy" dress and thigh-high boots in a new photo posted to Facebook. The picture follows news that she is drowning in $450k debt from her daughter Truely's illness. 8 Christine called the dress 'sexy' in a Facebook postCredit: Facebook 8 She is currently is debt after her daughter was hospitalizedCredit: Instagram Christine posted the photo in a group called "Christine Brown sells LuLaRose." She captioned the snap: "SUPER SUPER SEXY MICHELLE IS AVAILABLE NOW!" The dress for sale is light blue with a floral design, has quarter-length sleeves and cinches around her waist for a more flattering look. Kody Brown, 52, and his four wives Meri, 49, Janelle, 50, Christine, 48, and...
              Two Michigan residents have been charged in a criminal complaint for their alleged role in defrauding $1.8 million in unemployment benefits from the state. Jermaine Rose, 41, is an employee of the State of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency whose duties include processing and verifying the legitimacy of unemployment insurance claims. Beginning in May, Rose allegedly used his employee access to authorize payment on hundreds of fraudulent claims, specifically overriding “fraud stops” on claims that had been flagged by the state computer system as potentially fraudulent. Rose authorized the payment of $1.1 million in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. He attempted to also approve an additional $761,000, but was stopped by the state. Rose was...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company founder and big political donor heading to prison after being convicted of attempting to bribe North Carolina’s top elected regulator of the industry remains confident he'll get a new trial or overturned conviction. In a letter sent this week to his company's executives, employees and customers, Greg E. Lindberg said he “never asked for any favors” from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. And Lindberg said associates and advisers never told him that what he was doing was illegal. Lindberg, who was sentenced last week to more than seven years in prison, plans to appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He'll have to report to...
    (CBS DETROIT) – QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation’s leading online insurance marketplaces released a report on uninsured rates growth as pandemic-related job loss increases. Unemployment and uninsured rates are closely correlated. While not a one-to-one direct correlation, unemployment will result in people losing health insurance. One of the most significant impacts of unemployment is the resulting number of people who will also lose their employer-sponsored health insurance. While some unemployed can seek Medicaid or other means of health insurance, many are left without viable or affordable health insurance options. Key Findings: An estimated 5.4 million people from February to May are left uninsured as a result of job losses. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicts over 10...
    Thousands of Californians have been ordered to evacuate their homes because of record wildfires across the San Francisco Bay Area. Reuters When fleeing a natural disaster, your instinct might be to grab a laptop or a treasured keepsake like a family photo album. But what about your car insurance policy or your tax returns? “ People need to assume they won’t be back for a very long time. ” Around 250,000 people in California have been ordered to leave their homes as three wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area have swelled to a size larger than the state of Rhode Island. The SCU Lightning Complex Fire alone was burning across more than 347,000 acres, and...
    An investigation into the 2016 killing of a man whose grandmother's St. Louis-area soul food restaurant was the backdrop for the reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie's” has led to fraud charges against his uncle and a man who helped produce a hit album for the rapper Nelly. The slain man's uncle, James Timothy Norman, of Jackson, Miss., and an alleged co-conspirator, Terica Ellis, of Memphis, Tenn., were arrested earlier this week on charges alleging they were involved in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the shooting death of 20-year-old Andre Montgomery near a St. Louis, Mo. park four years ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis announced Thursday that in addition to the murder-for-hire charge Norman was already facing, a...
    Twitter A St. Louis record producer behind Nelly’s 2002 hit album “Nellyville” has been indicted in connection with the murder-for-hire plot to kill the grandson of Sweetie Pie’s owner Robbie Montgomery. Federal prosecutors say Waiel “Wally” Yaghnam, 42, a music producer-turned insurance agent, worked with Timothy Norman, 41, Montgomery’s son, to fraudulently obtain a life insurance policy on his nephew, 21-year-old Andre Montgomery Jr., St. Louis Dispatch reports. Yaghnam worked as Norman’s insurance agent, and faces one charge of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud after he allegedly made false statements on life insurance applications for Montgomery, prosecutors allege. Read More: Sweetie Pie’s owner charged in murder for hire plot in nephew’s death theGRIO previously reported, Norman...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The presidential race is not the only big contest on the ballot this fall. Pennsylvania elects three statewide officials, including state attorney general. It’s only August, so what’s with these campaign ads from Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Heather Heidelbaugh? Since voters can vote by mail in mid-September, everything is starting early, and that includes the negative attacks. Attorney General Shapiro often makes the news in his job, but now supporters of Republican challenger, former Allegheny County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh, are on the attack against him. Commonwealth Leaders Campaign Ad: “Shapiro never tried a case in a courtroom. No wonder he bungled a drug bust that let 20 dealers back on our streets.” That brought a quick...
    O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — An investigation into 2016 killing of a man whose grandmother’s St. Louis-area soul food restaurant was the setting for the reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” has led to fraud charges against his uncle and a man who helped produce a hit album for the rapper Nelly. The slain man’s uncle, James Timothy Norman, of Jackson, Mississippi, and an alleged co-conspirator, Terica Ellis, of Memphis, Tennessee, were arrested earlier this week on charges alleging they were involved in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the shooting death of 20-year-old Andre Montgomery near a St. Louis park four years ago. The U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis announced Thursday that in addition to the murder-for-hire charge...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The economic upheaval that has left hundreds of thousands of Floridians without jobs might also upend health insurance for children in working families. There is a growing fear that families dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot qualify for low-cost children’s health coverage offered in state programs yet may not easily transition to Medicaid, the safety-net program for poor, elderly and disabled people. “We are hearing from people who have always had stable health insurance and a good income,” Jodi Ray, director of Florida Covering Kids and Families at the University of South Florida, told The News Service of Florida. “Now, all of a sudden, they have to apply and they are trying to fill...
    The private transportation company Lyft announced that it will suspend its operations starting at 11:59 pm this Thursday, after a state judge ordered the ride-sharing companies to classify their drivers as employees. Both Lyft and Uber had warned that this decision could end in the suspension of their services in California, since it could skyrocket the personnel costs of these two firms and put their business model in doubt. “Today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm PST, our ride-sharing operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we want for the millions of Californians who depend on Lyft for essential daily rides,” the company said. on your digital blog. Classifying their drivers as salaried employees rather than contractors (their...
    Shares of ride-hail giant Lyft plummeted more than 6.5 percent after it announced it will suspend service in California at the end of the day Thursday following a judge’s ruling that it misclassified its drivers. The rideshare company is bowing out of its largest market after a judge ruled it had violated the state’s Assembly Bill 5, which requires companies to classify their workers as employees if they control how workers do their jobs. Lyft, along with larger rival Uber, have argued that they are not employers, but instead tech providers that simply connect drivers with riders. Uber and Lyft prefer using that classification for drivers because treating them as employees would require benefits such as minimum wage, paid...
    The private transportation company Lyft announced that it will suspend its operations starting at 11:59 pm this Thursday, after a state judge ordered the ride-sharing companies to classify their drivers as employees. Both Lyft and Uber had warned that this decision could end in the suspension of their services in California, since it could skyrocket the personnel costs of these two firms and put their business model in doubt. “Today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm PST, our ride-sharing operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we want for the millions of Californians who depend on Lyft for essential daily rides,” the company said. on your digital blog. Classifying their drivers as salaried employees rather than contractors (their...
    The private transportation company Lyft announced that it will suspend its operations starting at 11:59 pm this Thursday, after a state judge ordered the ride-sharing companies to classify their drivers as employees. Both Lyft and Uber had warned that this decision could end in the suspension of their services in California, since it could skyrocket the personnel costs of these two firms and put their business model in doubt. “Today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm PST, our ride-sharing operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we want for the millions of Californians who depend on Lyft for essential daily rides,” the company said. on your digital blog. Classifying their drivers as salaried employees rather than contractors (their...
    CLAIM: Illegal aliens who arrived in the United States “deserve” health insurance, according to the Sanchez family featured at the Democrat National Convention (DNC). VERDICT: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has made clear that lacking a job, health care, economic instability, and fear of crime are not legitimate claims for asylum in the U.S. “Our home is here. North Carolina is all I know. I qualify for DACA, but Donald Trump took away my ability to apply for the program,” said Jessica Sanchez, a disabled migrant who has lived in the U.S. since she was one year old. “I don’t have the right ID, so I can’t get health insurance through the exchange,” she said. “I need health insurance; I...
    After months of continuous protests in Portland, which have finally been declared a riot, the chickens are coming home to roost. Unfortunately for the so-called "City of Roses," businesses are fleeing the city because, as it turns out, nightly riots do not cultivate a productive business environment. In fact, between the coronavirus-related forced shutdowns and the violent demonstrations, businesses in Portland's downtown area are hemorrhaging millions of dollars between lost revenue and damage caused by protesters. Andrew Hoan, CEO of the Portland Business Alliance, said the actual figure of business losses is mind-boggling. "The financial consequences to the downtown corridor are a running calculation that is almost impossible to wrap your mind around. The financial impacts of physical...
    James ‘Tim’ Norman, 41, was arrested by FBI agents in Jackson on Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-fire, resulting in death, and was booked into the Madison County Detention Center A star of the OWN reality TV series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s has been arrested on federal charges for his alleged involvement in a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the death of his 21-year-old nephew. James ‘Tim’ Norman, 41, was arrested by FBI agents in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in death, and was booked into the Madison County Detention Center. According to a...
    A Romanian family shares what's inside their fridge. Courtesy of Admiral Home Insurance Admiral Home Insurance asked 20 people from 20 countries to photograph their fridges and reveal more about what's inside. Some fridges are organized, while others describe theirs as "controlled chaos." People's favorite treats include fruit, dulce de leche, jalapeños, and almond butter. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The kitchen is often called "the heart of the home" because it's where people gather to cook and eat meals together. Refrigerators are a central part of kitchens around the world, and what people keep inside them can tell you a lot about their culture and household. Admiral Home Insurance asked 20 people from around the...
    (Photo: Madison County Mississippi Detention Center) Sweetie Pie’s restaurant owner James Timothy Norman was arrested on federal charges in St. Louis over the death of his nephew in an alleged plot to collect on his life insurance policy. Norman, 41, who starred in the OWN reality series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, was charged on Tuesday with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in death, according to a criminal complaint published by local TV station WLBT. Norman is accused of being involved in the 2016 fatal shooting of his 21-year-old nephew, Andre Montgomery, for whom Norman obtained a $450,000 life insurance policy in 2014. Both Norman and Montgomery appeared on OWN’s Sweetie Pie’s,...
    SISTER Wives star Christine Brown revealed she was hit with a $450,000 medical bill in 2014 from her daughter's hospitalization, and now fans are slamming her husband Kody for not having insurance. Kody, 52, and his four wives Meri, 49, Janelle, 50, Christine, 48, and Robyn, 42, have been struggling financially for years.  9Christine Brown revealed she is still paying off $450,000 worth of bills from her daughter Truley's 2014 hospitalization Credit: Instagram During a Facebook Live earlier this week, Christine revealed she took her youngest daughter Truley, 10, to the hospital when she was 3 years old with what she thought was the flu.  But she had acute kidney failure and and dehydration, leaving her hospitalized for 11 days. ...
    Donovan Mitchell stuck on 8-second violation despite career-high: Thats terrible on my part 30 Real Housewives in Their First Episodes vs. Now Find Cheaper Car Insurance in Just Minutes Trying to navigate the tricky world of insurance can feel like a daunting task. To get a quote from anyone, you need to fill out forms and then compare prices and coverage from multiple providers. It’s tedious, and the complexity of the system can be overwhelming. © Soloviova Liudmyla / Shutterstock.com car_426164959_Soloviova Liudmyla Enter The Zebra. This insurance comparison site was designed to help consumers quickly and easily find the best coverage for them. Load Error Founded in 2012, The Zebra’s motto is “Insurance in black and white” —...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A South Jersey man who admitted to profiting off the addiction of others will be headed to federal prison for his role in a massive insurance fraud scheme. Jason Gerner, of Burlington County, wore a mask inside the federal courthouse in Center City Monday morning and apologized for exploiting people battling drug addiction all to line his own pockets. Forty-seven-year-old Gerner told a judge greed got in his way while running what turned out to be a phony substance abuse clinic called Liberation Way. The clinic had locations in Yardley, Bucks County and Bala Cynwyd and Fort Washington in Montgomery County. “Greed became the motivating force,” Assistance U.S. Attorney Nancy Winter said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Winter...
    Depending on your health coverage, you could see a rebate from your insurer in the coming months. While such paybacks are issued yearly, the 2020 aggregate amount is anticipated to be $2 billion — about twice what it was last year, said Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation. "Insurer profitability has been on the rise and as a result it's expected that 2019 rebates could set a record this fall," Pollitz said.A patient at Walmart HealthSource: WalmartGenerally, you're more likely to see a rebate if you have an individual policy (including through a state health exchange or the federal one) or participate in a small- or large-group plan. Many of the biggest U.S. employers choose to...
    A group of Kansas and Missouri hair salon and restaurant owners can proceed with a lawsuit trying to make their insurance company pay for the income they missed out on during COVID-19 government shutdown orders, a judge ruled Wednesday. The businesses adequately alleged — for now at least — that they ought to be covered by their “all-risk” insurance policies, Western District of Missouri Judge Stephen Bough ruled after combing through insurance policy wording. The ruling could have broad implications as more businesses sue their insurance carriers for denying similar claims, observers say. Business interruption insurance replaces lost income when a business has to temporarily close its doors. The policies kick in when there’s “direct physical loss...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four Missouri companies may proceed with a lawsuit seeking redress after their insurance company rejected their claims for coronavirus-related losses, a federal judge has ruled, in a decision that could have ramifications for hundreds of companies nationwide. “This is potentially huge,” said Tom Baker, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, who has followed cases across the country against the insurance industry during the pandemic. “My prediction is that this is not going to be the only case that is going to survive. This is a big deal.” The lawsuit was filed in April by three Kansas City-area restaurants that were shut down for 11 weeks because of the coronavirus, and a company...
    (CNN)When the flu pandemic hit the United States in 1918, medical care was a privilege reserved for the elite. But the widespread outbreak of a deadly virus did not adhere to social hierarchies. It highlighted an inadequate system that too few could access. As a result, forward-thinking people built a public health infrastructure from scratch — one which we still see the critical value of today. More than a hundred years later, in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we face the consequences of another inadequate and inaccessible system: mental health care. The psychological pressures that Covid-19 has brought — isolation and physical distancing, fast-rising unemployment and economic loss — have triggered what amounts to a secondary pandemic...
    Roman Bogatov released by UFC after repeated illegal blows in UFC 251 loss to Leonardo Santos Actor and Singer Chrissy Metz Shares Her Beauty Routine Hurricane Isaias Expected to Cost Insurers $4 Billion in U.S. (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Isaias, which left millions without power in the Northeast, is expected to cost insurance companies about $4 billion in the U.S., according to risk modeling firm Karen Clark & Co. The storm also caused about $200 million of insured losses in the Caribbean, the company said in a report Monday. Those figures include wind and storm surge damage covered by the insurance industry, but doesn’t include National Flood Insurance Program losses. © Bloomberg Storm-Hit New Yorkers Confront Working at Home Without...
    Time flies. Hard to believe that it was twelve years ago that healthcare reform activist Wendell Potter left his job as head of corporate communications at Cigna and shortly after, loudly blew the whistle on the gross malpractices of the health insurance industry that had employed him. Ever since, Potter has devoted virtually every minute to telling the story of his time as a top executive in a business dedicated to raking in massive profits at the expense of those suffering in medical need or just trying to stay healthy. He preaches the gospel of Medicare for All, single payer medical insurance for everyone at little or no cost. To that end, he has lectured around the country, written countless...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An 82-year-old woman in Homewood says she lives in fear every night after the SWAT team mistakenly broke down her door. That happened a year and a half ago. The city still hasn’t reimbursed her for the front door they destroyed. For 82-year-old Vivian Bey, it’s been a long time since she’s gotten a good night’s sleep. “I don’t get to sleep in this house at night anymore,” says Bey. “I just don’t. I’m burning a lot of electricity to keep the TV on at night. I’m really scared here, you know what I mean?” (Photo Credit: KDKA) Her insomnia began in February of 2019 when the SWAT team broke down her door at 1 a.m. in...
    The number of places providing COVID-19 testing has expanded over the last week as Massachusetts and surrounding states pass travel restrictions for people coming in from out of state. A lot of testing places will provide free tests to people with no health care insurance, according to the Massachusetts COVID-19 online resource center. Some places require an appointment to take a test; it’s best to call ahead. Depending on the kind of test a person gets - SARS Antigen, PCR or anti-body - makes a difference as to whether a health care insurance provider will cover the cost or not. It also matters if the person being tested is asymptomatic. MassHealth and most health insurance providers will cover a test...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- More and more people are turning to Covered California as they lose their jobs and their company health insurance.That is happening despite predictions the coronavirus pandemic might cause premiums to rise.But there's actually a little good news for enrollees.About 2.8 million people statewide remain jobless and many of those without health insurance. Peter V. Lee, executive director of the state's individual insurance exchange, Covered California, said even in this recession, record numbers of Californians have purchased health plans."We've enrolled over 230,000 Californians. That's over double the rate of people who newly-enrolled during the special enrollment period of 2019," Lee said.Lee said despite the federal administration seeking to undercut the Affordable Care Act, Covered California premiums for...
    By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attack ads in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee are clogging TV airwaves with claims about candidates' positions on guns, education and health care ahead of Thursday's election for retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's seat. Bill Hagerty and a super PAC supporting him are attacking Manny Sethi on Obamacare and a youth violence prevention program. Sethi and a super PAC on his side are needling Hagerty on Common Core. Here are some of the claims: Claim: "(Sethi) even said Obamacare didn’t go far enough, saying, ‘We have to go much farther.’” — TV ad by pro-Hagerty super PAC, Standing with Conservatives The claim builds on Hagerty's ongoing argument that Sethi...
    A pensioner's car insurance scam backfired, causing a disastrous blaze burning huge swathes of land, when his car exploded in a protected rainforest in Brazil.   Heli Barroso Martins, 66, burned down 673 hectares of vegetation in the the Araras Biological Reserve, in Petrópolis in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro. The fire, which destroyed the equivalent of 1,257 football fields of environmentally protected land, was caused by a staged car-jacking that backfired.  Heli Barroso Martins, 66, pictured, burned down 673 hectares of vegetation in the the Araras Biological Reserve, in Petrópolis in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro The fire, pictured, destroyed the equivalent of 1,257 football fields of environmentally protected land as a staged car-jacking that...
    Savannah Rychcik August 2, 2020 0 Comments While Democrats and Republicans continue to grapple with the next stimulus package, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggests the $600 in enhanced unemployment benefits is doing more harm than good in some situations. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Mnuchin was asked by host Martha Raddatz if he believes the $600 in unemployment insurance is a disincentive to find a job. “There’s no question. In certain cases where we’re paying people more to stay home than to work, that’s created issues in the entire economy,” Mnuchin said. Raddatz pressed Mnuchin citing a study conducted by economists claiming they are not seeing evidence of the benefits affecting the rate at which Americans are...
    As she waited for the results of her rapid COVID-19 test, Rachel de Cordova sat in her car and read through a stack of documents given to her by SignatureCare Emergency Center. Without de Cordova leaving her car, the staff at the freestanding emergency room near her home in Houston had checked her blood pressure, pulse and temperature during the July 21 appointment. She had been suffering sinus stuffiness and a headache, so she handed them her insurance card to pay for the $175 rapid-response drive-thru test. Then they stuck a swab deep into her nasal cavity to obtain a specimen. De Cordova is an attorney who specializes in civil litigation defense and maritime law. She cringes when she’s asked...
    A bill that adds a 2.5 percent tax on health insurance premiums in New Jersey is headed for Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. The bill passed after a heated debate between Republicans and the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman John McKeon, D-Essex/Morris, who said the bill was needed to protect New Jerseyans if the Affordable Care Act is rescinded by Congress. The money collected from the tax will create a $300 million “Health Insurance Affordability Fund” which will be allocated to New Jersey’s state-based exchange. “As the Trump administration has worked to dismantle the ACA, in New Jersey we moved to mirror what was available to people at the federal level, largely implementing it within our own state-based exchange,” McKeon...
    VIDEO4:2004:20How pandemic insurance can be available to businesses in the futureSquawk Box Chubb Chairman and CEO Evan Greenberg told CNBC on Thursday the insurance industry is confronting an event like no other when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic. "It has no time limit, and it has no geographic bounds," Greenberg said on "Squawk Box." "For business interruption, the loss is essentially infinite, and insurers have a finite balance sheet." "So, the insurance industry's ability to take pandemic risk is very limited," he added.  The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted how property and casualty insurance companies typically do not cover pandemics. However, as the crisis has forced the closure of a record number of businesses, with losses estimated to be $1...
    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told "Your World" Wednesday that any supplemental unemployment insurance provided for in a new coronavirus stimulus bill should be "at a lesser level" than the $600 per week that became available as part of the CARES Act. "There's an extra $600 put in by the federal government on top of the state benefit," Portman told host Neil Cavuto. "Most people believe that that's creating a disincentive to work because you're paying roughly 68 percent of the people more on unemployment insurance than they can make at their work." SCHUMER SAYS $600 IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT NONNEGOTIABLE, AFTER HOYER SAYS IT IS "I think," Portman added, "we need to lower it to a number that gives people help during this...
    FLINT (PATCH) – A plea deal has been reached in a case involving a Genesee County insurance agent who the Michigan Attorney General’s office said embezzled from her clients and provided them with phony insurance certificates, leading them to believe they had insurance for their homes or automobiles when they actually didn’t. Angella Kay Swain, 53, pleaded no contest Monday before Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Celeste Bell to one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, 11 counts of embezzlement by an agent between $1,000 and $20,000, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to the AG’s office. “When hardworking Michiganders seek the assistance of an insurance agent to protect their belongings, they should not...
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A saliva-based COVID-19 test will be available for two days starting Wednesday in Berkeley with the aim of increasing the speed and availability of testing, according to city officials. People will be able to swab their own mouth while under supervision at a kiosk at San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St. Appointments are available online at https://signup.curativeinc.com/welcome. Results can be expected in 24 to 48 hours, according to city officials. The test is being conducted on a pilot basis but has been used widely in Los Angeles County for drive-up testing. It is free to people without insurance. Co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles are waived for people with Medi-Cal and commercial insurance. People with...
    A SHADOW has been cast over thousands of holidays with the introduction of a two-week isolation for Brits returning from Spain. We explain where you stand. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Britain has introduced a two-week quarantine for holidaymakers returning from SpainCredit: AFP or licensors WHAT happens if I’m on holiday in Spain now? ANYONE coming back to the UK from Spain must quarantine for two weeks. A recent spike in coronavirus cases in Barcelona and Madrid meant the country has been put back on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s list of countries where all but essential travel is advised. Today it put the Canary and Balearic Islands on the list....
    Presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s deal with supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was never officially finalized, despite overt efforts on the part of Biden’s campaign to include Sanders supporters at the highest levels of his presidential effort. Now, Sanders delegates — more than 360 in total — say they may not be willing to play along with the more moderate candidate’s proposed party platform, and they’re pledging to withhold support of the if the Democrats don’t include an explicit endorsement of Sanders’ “Medicare-for-All” plan. “More than 360 delegates, most of whom back Sanders, have signed on to a pledge to vote against the Democratic Party’s platform if it does not include support for ‘Medicare for All,'” POLITICO...
    A healthcare insurance company for members of the US Military was forced to apologize after accidentally telling more than 600,000 people they had tested positive for coronavirus. The erroneous announcement came as part of a email sent out by Tricare, a health care program of the United States Department of Defense, to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries located in its East Region on July 17. The military health system was asking the ‘COVID-19 survivors’ to consider donating blood plasma for research regarding a potential treatment for the virus. ‘As a survivor of COVID-19, it's safe to donate whole blood or blood plasma, and your donation could help other COVID-19 patients. Your plasma likely has antibodies (or proteins) present that might...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Support for Black-owned businesses is seemingly surging alongside nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody. In their second-quarter economic average report, Yelp says between May 25 and July 10, there were over 25 million searches for Black-owned businesses on the site. Over the same span in 2019, Yelp reported around 35,000 searches. It’s a jump of over 7,000 percent. Tim Guthrie, the owner of Casa Brasil in Highland Park, says he’s seen a change in his business in recent months but admits it’s not consistent. Surges will typically come immediately after his restaurant is featured in an online post or article about Pittsburgh’s Black-owned businesses. “The first time that happened, we...
    West Hollywood, Calif., neighborhood leaders are warning Chateau Marmont to not “retaliate” in opposition to laid-off employees who protest as a result of the famed lodge hasn’t supplied them with well being care throughout the pandemic. We’re informed that on Thursday, 300 neighborhood members — together with 32 clergy members and candidates for West Hollywood metropolis council — despatched a letter to the new spot’s proprietor, André Balazs, studying partly, “We’re outraged that Chateau Marmont shouldn’t be offering ongoing inexpensive medical health insurance protection to employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.” They add, “We’re watching the lodge’s conduct and won’t tolerate any try and retaliate in opposition to employees who’re talking out about their remedy on the Chateau Marmont.” Practically...
    The priority of the Senate will be to prepare the next economic stimulus package The stimulus package is expected to be approved until August. Photo: OZAN KOSE / . / . Most of the relief benefits launched since March through the CARES Act are about to expire, including increased unemployment insurance and a ban on eviction from federal housing. Congress has promised to pass a new stimulus bill in the coming weeks, which will likely will include additional help for small businesses and new provisions to help people who have lost their jobs across the country. So far nothing is written and these would be some of the benefits that the new stimulus package could include:...
    Former President Barack Obama, in a clip from a discussion with his former Vice President Joe Biden released Thursday morning by Biden's presidential campaign, says that he "couldn't be prouder" of the Affordable Care Act and that "20 million people have health insurance that didn't because of what we did." The campaign had previously released other segments from the discussion between the former Democratic president and the current presumptive Democratic nominee for president. The entire video will be released later Thursday morning. "I mean, you and I both know what it's like to have somebody you love get really sick. And in some cases to lose somebody, but that loss is compounded when you see the stress on their faces, because they're...
    By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is releasing a video of his first in-person meeting with Barack Obama since the coronavirus outbreak began, enlisting the former president to help slam his successor's response to the pandemic. Snippets offered by Biden’s campaign showed the pair wearing masks while arriving at an office, then sitting down well apart from each other to observe social distancing for a bare-faced chat. The full video will be posted on social media on Thursday, but teasers showed Biden and Obama discussing passing their administration’s signature health care law and blaming Donald Trump for stoking division and animosity among Americans from the moment he entered the 2016 presidential race. They also were sharply...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is releasing a video of his first in-person meeting with Barack Obama since the coronavirus outbreak began, enlisting the former president to help slam his successor’s response to the pandemic. Snippets offered by Biden’s campaign showed the pair wearing masks while arriving at an office, then sitting down well apart from each other to observe social distancing for a bare-faced chat. The full video will be posted on social media on Thursday, but teasers showed Biden and Obama discussing passing their administration’s signature health care law and blaming Donald Trump for stoking division and animosity among Americans from the moment he entered the 2016 presidential race. They also were sharply critical of the Republican president’s...
    Republicans are considering the idea of extending the enhanced unemployment insurance benefit, albeit at a dramatically reduced level of $400 per month, through the rest of 2020, CNBC reported Wednesday afternoon.  Back in March, as the coronavirus pandemic was causing a massive surge in unemployment due to a broad economic shutdown, Congress passed a $600-per-week ($2,400 a month) benefit enhancement in jobless benefits. The policy expires at the end of July. And unemployment remains staggeringly high, above 11%, despite recent improvements in job growth.  As reported by CNBC, the GOP has not made a final decision on how it will craft unemployment insurance in a bill set to be released this week. There have been discussions centering on a $200-a-week proposal,...
    By BILL BARROW, Associated Press Democratic officials are moving toward a 2020 platform that promises universal access to health care, an overhaul to the U.S. criminal justice system and sharp reductions in carbon pollution driving the climate crisis, but it stops short of many goals pursued by the party's left flank. An 80-page draft platform obtained Tuesday evening by The Associated Press presents a broadly liberal program for the country. The approach reflects presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden’s effort to balance the center-left establishment that has been his political home for decades with the party's ascendant progressive wing. His goal has been to avoid the kind of rancor that hobbled Hillary Clinton’s general election campaign four years ago, even as...
    Democratic officials are moving toward a 2020 platform that promises universal access to health care, an overhaul to the U.S. criminal justice system and sharp reductions in carbon pollution driving the climate crisis, but it stops short of many goals pursued by the party’s left flank. An 80-page draft platform obtained Tuesday evening by The Associated Press presents a broadly liberal program for the country. The approach reflects presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden’s effort to balance the center-left establishment that has been his political home for decades with the party’s ascendant progressive wing. His goal has been to avoid the kind of rancor that hobbled Hillary Clinton’s general election campaign four years ago, even as President Donald Trump and...
    Four former managers and employees of a Connecticut insurance firm are facing charges for their roles in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud client healthcare expenses. New Canaan residents Anthony Riccardi, Patricia Riccardi, Vanessa Battle, and Erin Verespy, of Trumbull, are facing charges for defrauding clients by misappropriating over $17 million in client funds intended for employee healthcare claims. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said that the four being charged were managers at Employee Benefit Solutions LLC (EBS), which was based out of Wilton. The company offered a variety of healthcare insurance-related services to clients. It is alleged that between 2015 and 2019, EBS generated bimonthly “check register” invoices for an auto dealership in Westchester that listed all employee healthcare...
    DETROIT (AP) — A contract employee for the state of Michigan has been charged in a scheme that saw the fraudulent disbursement of more than $2 million in unemployment insurance funding intended to help people during the coronavirus pandemic. Brandi Hawkins, 39, of Detroit, worked in the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency with duties that included reviewing, processing and verifying the legitimacy of unemployment insurance claims for the state, according to U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider's office. Starting in April, insider access was used to release federal and state funds on hundreds of fraudulent claims, his office said. A search of Hawkins’ home later turned up more than $200,000 in cash. Authorities said some of the money was used to buy high-end...
    A new coronavirus testing site will open next week in Alameda. The new CityHealth Urgent Care testing site will provide free COVID-19 nasal swab tests without an appointment for anyone with proof of insurance, and all insurance plans are accepted. From Wednesday, July 22 to September 22, the testing site located in The Research Park at Marina Village (300 Wind River Way) will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will test up to 500 people per day. Results will be returned within 15 minutes. For those without insurance, CityHealth has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing. Those requiring free testing must bring...
    Wide World of Sports Complex located within the Disney Complex is continuing to prepare all around the venue as The NBA is less than a week away from their move into the bubble of Orlando.mpi34 | MediaPunch | IPX via AP The National Basketball Association restart its season later this month with a league-wide general liability insurance policy that will not reimburse it for expenses if games are canceled at the bubble campus at Disney World in Orlando. The policy will protect the NBA from interruptions like weather-related or structural problems that prevent buildings from operating. It will also cover incidents involving bodily injuries and property damage resulting from services and operations, CNBC has learned. But the policy will not...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan will hold a press conference to make an announcement about unemployment insurance in the state at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Last week, Marylanders faced a new hurdle trying to collect unemployment insurance. Some people were given benefits, only to have them suddenly canceled due to fraud concerns, according to officials. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Officials said the majority of these cases are for people who recently moved out of state, but were told to file for unemployment in Maryland. WJZ will be live at 4 p.m. for the governor’s press conference on air and on wjz.com. For the latest information...
    Millions of working-age Americans have lost their health insurance coverage this year as the coronavirus pandemic cuts across the world. According to data from Families USA, 5.4 million people who lost their jobs also lost health coverage between February and May. That figure represents the highest increase on record by 39%. The previous high, according to the report, came in 2008 to 2009 when 3.9 million working-age adults lost their health insurance. Other key figures in the data: 46% of non-elderly adults who lost their health coverage are in five states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and North Carolina. Eight states have at least 20% of their working-age population uninsured: Texas (29%), Florida (25%), Oklahoma (24%), Georgia (23%), Mississippi...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Marylanders have just two more days to sign up for health insurance during the special enrollment period opened due to the coronavirus pandemic. The enrollment period ends Wednesday; those who sign up will have coverage effective July 1. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Since March, more than 53,000 people have enrolled in coverage. To enroll, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was another round of COVID-19 testing for those living and working in North Philadelphia on Saturday. Eyewitness News was in the parking lot of Bright Hope Baptist Church, where cars lined up for drive-thru testing. (Credit: CBS3) Anyone who wanted a test was welcome, but participants had to pre-register. All health insurance plans were accepted, and those without any insurance had their tests covered by state and federal funding.
    It's an open secret among Americans that calling for an ambulance is a financial gamble. According to a recent study, 71% of ambulance providers don't take the patient's insurance. That same study found that 79% of patients who took a ground ambulance could be on the hook for an average fee of $450 after their insurance paid out. By comparison, air ambulances can cost the average patient $21,700 after the insurance pays out. These surprise bills can be a huge problem, especially when nearly four in 10 Americans would have to borrow money to cover an unexpected $1,000 emergency. Like the rest of the health-care industry, ambulance operators are feeling intense financial pressure during the coronavirus crisis, and that's causing...
    Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan asks appeals court to rehear Michael Flynn case This is what it was like to go to McDonalds in the 1950s Wimbledon to pay $12.5M in prize money to 620 players despite COVID-19 cancellation © Yahoo Sports Coronavirus coverage on Yahoo There is no Wimbledon at the moment for the first time since World War II due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Yet despite no tournament, the more than 600 players who would have competed in the main draw or qualifying will receive prize money, the All England Club announced Friday. The venue has reportedly had pandemic insurance for the last 17 years and got a large pay-out when it canceled the event,...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — If you’re in need of health insurance, you only have one more week to get covered. Next Wednesday, July 15, is the final day to enroll in the special coronavirus enrollment period. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those who enroll by the deadline will have a coverage start day of July 1. More than 53,000 people have already enrolled since it launched back in March. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked more honest conversations about finances in American households, according to a new study. The survey asked 2,000 Americans about their finances in light of the coronavirus outbreak and how it has impacted their families’ communication. Three in 10 respondents shared the pandemic has led them to discuss the important matters of life insurance coverage and their current financial status. SWNS Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of national nonprofit Life Happens, the survey also found that 26 percent have chatted about future emergency plans as a result COVID-19. A quarter of respondents also said the coronavirus pandemic has sparked more conversations in their households around their end-of-life plans. These conversations aren’t easy, as nearly seven in...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked more honest conversations about finances in American households, according to a new study. The survey asked 2,000 Americans about their finances in light of the coronavirus outbreak and how it has impacted their families’ communication. Three in 10 respondents shared the pandemic has led them to discuss the important matters of life insurance coverage and their current financial status. SWNS Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of national nonprofit Life Happens, the survey also found that 26 percent have chatted about future emergency plans as a result COVID-19. A quarter of respondents also said the coronavirus pandemic has sparked more conversations in their households around their end-of-life plans. These conversations aren’t easy, as nearly seven in...
    From scarves to masks: White Houses Birx seeks to make coronavirus fashion pivot Minor league baseball teams the latest to sue insurance companies for failing to pay business interruption insurance Dow up modestly in final hour of trade as investors focus on rising coronavirus cases, path to economic restart MARKET SNAPSHOT © AP U.S. stocks were up slightly Wednesday in the last hour of trade, but well off their best levels, as investors monitor an acceleration of coronavirus infections in the U.S. that could undermine the strength of the economic rebound. Load Error How are benchmarks performing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 61 points, or 0.2%, to 25,948, after trading as high as 26,109.49 at the start...