My expensive lesson about car rentals and credit cards came after a couple of accidents, one involving a rental car. And the luck of the draw — in this case which credit card my husband drew from his wallet to pay for the rental car — cost us $600.
There’s a little-noticed weak link in the federal government’s plan to extend health care insurance to millions of Americans who now lack it: The uninsured may have to stay uninsured if they’re also unbanked.
So says a report issued by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, titled “Uninsured + Unbanked = Unenrolled.”
It points out that one in four uninsured Americans eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) do not have bank accounts. In the parlance of the financial industry, they’re “unbanked.” Unless insurance companies allow customers to pay their premiums using prepaid debit cards — which they’re not required to now — it could put a chill on who actually enrolls.
Google put together a stunning short video that sums up 2012, and in less than three minutes, it brought me to tears. It’s easy to think back on my year and think of it as pretty uneventful. But this video reminded me of my global citizenry in this crazy and beautiful world. It reminded me that it has been an eventful year and that I’m part of it.
Pull out a box of Kleenex and watch this gorgeous video of 2012 in review. Then, explore my list of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!
Flu season is upon us and you or a loved one might be rolling up your sleeves to get the annual vaccination against the influenza virus.
Here’s my question for you: How are you paying for it?
If you have health insurance coverage through your employer, you might think you’re doing the right thing if you go to your doctor’s office for the shot. But are you?
This week’s roundup from the best of the blogosphere celebrates the 75th birthday of Ralph Nader, a controversial figure who has spent his life advocating consumer rights.