Aging holocaust survivors file lawsuit over Nazi-era life insurance payouts

Holocaust Survivors - Image of Auschwitz

Surviving beneficiaries have faced a decades-long battle for payments for their murdered relatives. Holocaust survivors have been battling with life insurance companies for years – and sometimes decades – to receive life insurance payouts from policies for which they were beneficiaries. Family members of people murdered by Nazis are seeking payment from the coverage they had on the victims. Holocaust survivors are running out of time in their efforts to recover insurance policies that Nazi-era companies refused to honor. According to the Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA, the sum total of…

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US voters want to keep private health insurance and expand Medicare

Private health insurance - Voters

Most Democratic voters are drawn to Medicare for All but may challenge the party in 2020. Private health insurance and other components of healthcare reform have been a central issue among Democratic presidential candidates. Those politicians have been pitching their own versions of Medicare and medical coverage which may make things somewhat more complex for the candidates in 2020 according to a new Wall Street Journal and NBC news poll. Two out of every three voters support opening Medicare coverage up to anyone who wants to buy in. This is…

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Apologizes for Accepting Industry Contributions

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara - Government Portrait from 2016

Lara released a letter last week that acknowledged that his campaign had solicited those contributions. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has said he was sorry for having both solicited campaign contributions from the insurance industry and for having accepted them. Last Tuesday, he issued a letter in which he acknowledged the activity as well as his regret for having done so despite a campaign pledge he had made not to accept contributions from insurers. The letter was issued to a number of groups, including Public Advocates, United Policyholders and Health…

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The US health care system now covers 9 out of every 10 Americans

US Health Care System

Though heavily criticized the Affordable Care Act has received, most Americans have medical coverage. The greatly criticized US health care system now covers approximately 90 percent of Americans. Still, it remains a core subject of debate among 2020 presidential candidates. Most are now attempting to present their own alternate versions of the system. In fact, many candidates are seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and begin again. If we were to listen exclusively to what politicians are saying about the US health care system at the moment, it would…

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Medicare for All plan won’t end private insurance, says Senator Kamala Harris

Medicare for All - Official Portrait of Kamala Harris

The senator’s new strategy would transition all Americans to coverage within the span of a decade. Senator Kamala Harris released a new Medicare for All healthcare plan at the start of this week. The purpose would be to transition all Americans into the system within 10 years. The healthcare plan would let private insurance companies remain provided they are compliant. This plan was released ahead of this week’s Democratic debates in Detroit. This Medicare for All healthcare plan doesn’t move as quickly nor span as widely as Senator Bernie Sanders’…

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Bernie Sanders is returning donations in violation of private insurance pledge

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After calling on 2020 Democratic opponents to do so, he will also return donations against his pledge. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has announced his intention to return donations violating his pledges regarding private insurance and pharma money. The move was made after Sanders called on his Democratic 2020 opponents to do the same thing. In Bernie Sanders’ pledge regarding private insurance and pharma, he called for 2020 Democratic campaigns to decline or return donations involving: “contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or executives of health insurance or pharmaceutical companies.” He…

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NFIP improvement bipartisan flood insurance bill in the works in Louisiana

Bipartisan flood insurance bill - Hurricane Katrina New Orleans

In the wake of Hurricane Barry, state senators are working on a strategy to improve the flawed program. Hurricane Barry may not have been a worst case scenario in Louisiana, but the damage it left behind has driven senators to push harder for a bipartisan flood insurance bill overhaul. NFIP has been problematic for quite some time, but the senators are hoping to make it better. Despite some flooding and damage left behind by Barry, Senator Bill Cassidy pointed out that Louisiana could have fared much worse. The storm corrected…

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