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February 2018 Archives

Study shows link between TBI and long-term disability, dementia

People can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) for a variety of reasons, including car crashes, sporting accidents, falls from heights and more. In fact, TBIs are a leading cause of long-term disability in our country. In fact, in 2013, over 2.5 million people in the U.S. sought emergency room care or were hospitalized for a TBI.

Exploring the basics of disability insurance

People have health insurance to cover their medical expenses when they are injured or ill. However, what happens when a person becomes disabled and cannot earn an income for a significant period of time? It won't take long for a person to burn through their paid sick leave and vacation time. Health insurance covers medical expenses, but it does not reimburse a person for the income lost when a medical condition keeps a person from working for an extended period of time. That is when having another type of insurance is important: disability insurance.

IS AETNA'S DISABILITY BUSINESS AS TARNISHED AS ITS HEALTH INSURANCE?

In a stunning admission, a former medical director for Aetna admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care, according to an exclusive news report from CNN. Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, who was medical director for Aetna from March 2012 - February 2015, made this admission during a deposition in an insurance coverage lawsuit.

Insurance can be a boon to the many people with a mental illness

Those who suffer from a mental illness often suffer in silence. Not only is there a stigma attached to having a mental illness, but it is usually no physical monikers that allow others to see that a person has a disabling mental illness. However, a significant number of disabilities fall into the category of mental or behavioral illnesses.

Why might one want short-term and long-term disability insurance?

Many times, when a person starts a new job or even if they've been in the same position for a while, they are fortunate to be offered a variety of job benefits by their employer. It can sometimes be confusing to determine which benefits are worthwhile, and which a person can make do without. Some benefits that could prove to be very valuable are short-term disability insurance policies and long-term disability insurance policies.

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