Signs Your Child May Need More Support During Pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for most of us, children and teens often have an especially difficult time dealing with the lack of activities and social interaction if they are distance learning.  Depression has skyrocketed during the pandemic as a result of isolation, lost jobs and/or having family members that have fallen ill or died from coronavirus. Also, mental health visits are at an all-time high, even if many people are seeing counselors remotely by video conferencing.  The ongoing stress, fear, grief and uncertainty created by the pandemic can wear anyone down, but children and teens may have…

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Are You Covered for Invasion of Privacy by Drone?

If you or one of your kids has a new drone and are excited about flying it, one issue that you need to be aware of is invading another person's privacy, particularly if you are flying it around your neighborhood and capture images of your neighbors and their backyards. Because many drones are also equipped with cameras, and with the continuing proliferation of social media, chances are high that someone will be posting images or video captured in their neighborhood by a drone they are flying.  In other words, drones present a new form of privacy invasion that can land…

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Why Everyone Needs Life Insurance

People who are considering life insurance usually debate whether they need it or not. If anyone will suffer financially after a person's death, that person should have life insurance. This death benefit is meant to help surviving family members or dependents cope with the financial difficulties of losing the deceased's income and paying for final expenses. Life insurance isn't subject to federal income tax. In order to determine how much life coverage to buy, it's important to consider what surviving loved ones would need if death occurred suddenly.  Be sure to consider monthly living expenses, debts and final expenses when…

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Understanding the Term ‘Totaled Vehicle

You've had an accident and your vehicle is in bad shape. After you report your claim, the insurance company sends out an adjuster to determine if it is worth paying out for the required repairs or instead of paying you for the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident. If the cost of repairs exceeds the value, the insurer may tell you the car is "totaled," even if it doesn't look that way. Before an accident occurs, it is wise for you to learn how insurance companies determine the value of your vehicle, which will mean one…

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Pandemic-related Charity Fraud Booms: FBI

Many Americans want to help during the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to charities, but the FBI is warning that scammers also are angling to get at your money by posing as charities to help coronavirus victims. Nationwide, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have received reports of scammers fraudulently soliciting donations for individuals, groups and areas affected by COVID-19. They are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don't let them. Charity scams often occur when a fraudster poses as a real charity or uses the name of a real charity to get…

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Fewer Medicare Advantage Plans Receive High-Quality Ratings

There are fewer Medicare Advantage plans receiving high-quality ratings for their 2021 offerings than for this year's.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has reported that 49% of 400 Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage received four stars or more (the maximum is five), compared to 52% in 2020. Also, there are fewer people enrolled in plans that will have four or five stars in 2021.  The star ratings measure the quality of service enrollees receive and are based on actual experience of seniors with their plans.  The CMS rates Medicare Part C plans according to hundreds of specific…

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