Ct Insurance Dept Investigating Life Insurance Death Benefit Payments

April 28, 2011
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State Insurance Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi announced today that he has launched a formal inquiry into the business practices of life insurance companies regarding timely payments of death benefits to beneficiaries and the protocol used to locate those beneficiaries. The Commissioner expressed great concern that some insurers may not make reasonable efforts to locate...

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Edmunds.com Advises Car Owners How to Avoid Scams in “Confessions from the Auto Body Shop.”

April 28, 2011
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Getting a fair deal on auto body work starts with choosing the right shop, according to the latest installment in Edmunds.com’s “Confessions Series” titled “Confessions from the Auto Body Shop” at http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/confessions-from-the-auto-body-shop.html. “Of every ten body shops, three of them are unethical and five of them do mediocre work at best,” said “Neal,” one...

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Bad Drug Reactions: Sharp Rise Nationally

April 27, 2011
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Bad Drug Reactions: Sharp Rise Nationally

By Colleen Shaddox C-HIT Writer The number of hospital patients having bad reactions to medications has gone up 52 percent in five years, according to a federal report. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality tracked the problem nationally between 2004 and 2008. State data was not available. The report found 1.9 million...

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Apple & Google Asked By Ct Atty Gen About Their Cell Tracking Program

April 27, 2011
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Concerned that consumer locations are being tracked without their permission, Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to disclose whether or not its communication devices collect this information and if so, why. Jepsen sent letters to both companies Tuesday, prompted by published reports that said Apple’s iOS4 software tracks consumers’...

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Ct Attorney General Probes PlayStation’s Mamoth Data Breach

April 27, 2011
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Attorney General George Jepsen today alerted consumers to a data breach, which may affect as many as 77 million users, in the popular entertainment console Sony PlayStation’s online network. Sony has confirmed the compromised data may include a wide range of personal information such as user names, addresses, birth dates, e-mail addresses, account login...

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Granny Snatching: Fight Brain Shrinkage With Oatmeal!

April 27, 2011
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Granny Snatching: Fight Brain Shrinkage With Oatmeal!

Have you had your oatmeal today? How about Cheerios? Did you eat any other breakfast cereal, especially those with high fiber content? If you are over 70 and the answer is no, you may want to rethink your nutrition program. One of the biggest surprises I received when I first started monitoring my mother’s...

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NYT Does Excellent Look at Car Rental ‘Fees’

April 27, 2011
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Seth Kugel of The New York Times has an excellent look at how rental car prices vary, how fees and taxes can be studied and some terrific suggestions: including vroomvroomvroom. We’ve all been in this car rental rip-off where a $29 rental ends up costing $100 — and worse! — so good advice is...

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Masonicare Wallingford Pays Hefty Settlement

April 26, 2011
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Masonicare Wallingford Pays Hefty Settlement

The Masonicare Health Center of Wallingford has agreed to pay a civil settlement of $447,776 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. In a press release, U.S. Attorney David B. Fein said the allegations against Masonicare Health Center involved improper billing to Medicare and Medicaid...

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Sleepy’s Bedbug Investigation Closed By Conn Atty Gen Without Action

April 26, 2011
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Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has closed his agency’s investigation into customer complaints that Sleepy’s, the nation’s largest mattress retailer, had sold them used mattresses and that some were  infested by bedbugs. Responding to a request from CtWatchdog on the status of the investigation, Jepsen’s office Tuesday said it found no evidence that Sleepy’s...

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