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  • January 18, 2013

    When Marie D'Orsaneo's rheumatoid arthritis worsened three years ago, her doctor prescribed Rituxan, an expensive injectable drug that her employer-sponsored health plan had to sign off on first.

    In the four weeks D'Orsaneo waited for...

  • January 18, 2013

    For Jim Kucera, the pain was just getting worse. The salesman from New Hope, Minnesota, needed a hip replacement urgently, but the cost of treatment would also be painful: Lacking health insurance, he would have to pay out of pocket.

    At...

  • January 18, 2013

    My first impulse was: Throw it all out.

    When we first started the clean-up of our home after Superstorm Sandy last October, I wanted everything that had been coated in that mix of mud, sand, salt water and raw sewage out of my house. And...

  • January 17, 2013

    Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    Yes, you probably need it if your kids are small. If you died, your husband would have to provide the children with day care until they started school. That might cost $1,000 a month for each of them. Then they’...

  • January 16, 2013

    If you like your 401(k) retirement savings account, you're going to love what healthcare reform does to your employer-provided health care plan.

    In a post-Obamacare future, expect more employers to adopt defined contribution healthcare...

  • January 7, 2013

    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Ask a garden-variety consumer if he or she understands their...

  • December 21, 2012

    Even more daunting than finding that perfect sweater for everyone on your shopping list may be discovering some financial freedom for yourself. Whether it’s tax prep or retirement planning...

  • December 20, 2012

    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Even as horror struck last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., fraud artists were on the prowl, presumably rubbing their hands in glee over the...

  • December 20, 2012

    Trampolines, swimming pools, treehouse kits and certain breeds of puppies are holiday gifts that make children bubble over with glee, but they cause homeowner's insurance agents to cringe.

    It is easy to forget during the holiday excitement...

  • December 20, 2012

    Crooks glue devices called “skimmers” over the card readers on ATM machines. They look like ordinary parts of the ATM. But when you put your card into the slot, the skimmer steals your card number and magnetic-strip data, while you...