INSURANCE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/INSURANCE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Why is Salt Lake City in the insurance business? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58434082-82/lake-salt-insurance-business.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58434082-82/lake-salt-insurance-business.html.csp">Letter: Why is Salt Lake City in the insurance business?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-19T17:52:02.461-06:00">Updated Sep 19, 2014 05:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Commissioned sales people know they will always make more money than their salaried counterparts, if they are good. Our director of Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities has worked out a way to get a piece of the pie. Sell insurance! Get the city to do the printing and the mailing. Get an out-of-state outfit to do the fancy stuff. Keep your regular job with pension and time off and all. And mail it to all the customers of the utility like it is mandatory, even though you say it is not....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58434082@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:52:02 MDT Letter: Utah health plans’ cost jump is not ‘minimal’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58433940-82/health-plans-cost-insurance.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58433940-82/health-plans-cost-insurance.html.csp">Letter: Utah health plans’ cost jump is not ‘minimal’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-19T17:18:01.945-06:00">Updated Sep 19, 2014 05:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In the Tribune article (“Utah health plans’ cost to jump,” Sept. 19), Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser called the price hikes (5.7 percent) “minimal.” If a 230 percent increase in health plans’ cost over the inflation rate (1.7 percent according the U.S. Government for the period ending Sept. 17, 2014) is minimal, I will eat my hat. If I was commissioner, I would be asking the insurance carriers, “Why are Utahns paying twice as much for health insurance than people in Germany, Japan and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58433940@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:18:01 MDT Bloomberg View: Runaway farm bill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58432135-82/bill-billion-cost-farm.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58432135-82/bill-billion-cost-farm.html.csp">Bloomberg View: Runaway farm bill</a></h4>

By TOM MURPHY</span></span> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">AP Business Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T13:58:02.444-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 01:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BC-US--On the Money-Health Insurance Appeals,825 4 keys to appealing a rejected insurance claim By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Keep calm and take notes. Stay true to this principle and you can improve your odds of successfully fighting a health insurer’s claim rejection. Experts who help with the appeals process say patients have a 50 percent chance or better of prevailing. They say a winning argument may require heavy doses of research and persistence, but the end result is a decision that ca...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582922742014-08-13T13:58:02.444-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-13T13:58:02.444-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292274@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:58:02 MDT Insurer WellPoint plans name change to Anthem http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58292330-79/wellpoint-anthem-insurer-brand.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58292330-79/wellpoint-anthem-insurer-brand.html.csp">Insurer WellPoint plans name change to Anthem</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM MURPHY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T09:37:01.881-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 09:37AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Indianapolis • WellPoint, one of the biggest players on the health care overhaul’s new insurance exchanges, wants to switch its corporate name back to the Anthem brand its customers know by the end of this year. The nation’s second-largest health insurer said the name it used before combining in 2004 with WellPoint Health Networks is the best brand to go by in a market that’s becoming more consumer-focused. WellPoint sells coverage using its Anthem name in several states, including California, K...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582923302014-08-13T09:37:01.881-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-13T09:37:01.881-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292330@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:37:01 MDT Letter: Take responsibility for living on hill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58275719-82/insurance-landslide-100-cannot.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58275719-82/insurance-landslide-100-cannot.html.csp">Letter: Take responsibility for living on hill</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T17:04:17.234-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 05:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I’m reading the news stories about the recent landslide in North Salt Lake and am dismayed at the unwillingness of home owners to accept at least partial responsibility for their foolish purchase of properties on or near a hillside, yet they carry no landslide insurance. They point their fingers at the city of North Salt Lake, developers and engineers. Although these people are experts, they cannot guarantee 100 percent that a hill will not slide, especially during periods of heavy rainfall. Th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58275719@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:04:17 MDT Landslide insurance is not that expensive, if you can get it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58267863-90/insurance-kingdon-landslides-coverage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58267863-90/insurance-kingdon-landslides-coverage.html.csp">Landslide insurance is not that expensive, if you can get it</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T11:20:47.595-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 11:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Homeowners insurance tends to exclude landslides, but people can still find coverage. The typical homeowner policy doesn’t cover landslides because carriers don’t want that kind of exposure, said Eric Kingdon, a board member of the Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents and an independent agent himself. And while it varies company to company, underwriters might deny people such coverage because of their proximity to a steep slope, or based on soil studies that show the earth is soft,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58267863@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:20:47 MDT