Thursday, February 22, 2007

Insurance 101, Anna Nicole Smith Coverage Overload: Random News Wrap

I wish the Miami Heat had a special insurance policy on Dwyane Wade, who was injured in last night's game against the Houston Rockets. Insurance is part of my daily random news wrap, which includes a report about Wade, the Anna Nicole Smith news overload and more details about the spike in medical costs.

1. Do you have the right insurance? A great how-to from MSN

"Nearly 60% of U.S. homes are inadequately covered. But it's not all about adding costs; sometimes life changes can save you money." --MSN

2. Medical costs jump in January and push up Consumer Index.

"[M]edical costs rose 0.8 percent, the steepest increase since a matching 0.8 percent gain in August 1991. The rise in medical costs was responsible for 60 percent of the gain in core prices, the Labor Department said.-- Reuters"

3. Miami Heat Guard Dwyane Wade suffers shoulder injury.
"Dwyane Wade flew home from Houston early Thursday, his season in limbo after he dislocated his left shoulder in Miami's game against the Rockets. The prospect of Wade's extended absence left in jeopardy the Heat's bid to repeat as NBA champions."--AP at

4. Consumers protest Anna Nicole Smith coverage

"Coverage of former Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's death has gone overboard according to U.S. consumers, but media experts warn there is more to come." --Reuters



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