Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Link-Fest

We're always grateful for the interesting tidbits we receive from loyal readers and others; the challenge is that many of these items just don't merit their own post. Still, it would be selfish of us not to share our bounty:

First up, another STOLI death mystery solved. Stranger Owned Life Insurance policies are the source of much confusion, occasionally leading to murder most foul. Thanks to Bob, we learn that one insurance agent has been "arrested on numerous counts of alleged fraud and grand theft in connection with a stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) scheme involving $78 million in death benefits." Yikes - that's a lot of life insurance. We presume that The Million Dollar Round Table discourages this kind of "production."

Next, Companion Global's Brian Kroll points us to an interesting video about medical tourism. This type of coverage helps to pay for medical care folks seek outside their home countries.

Our favorite CMS Guy, Jack Cheevers, tells us that the "U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ... announced grants to 41 health programs operated by the Indian Health Service; tribes and tribal organizations; and urban Indian organizations." We've written about the Indian Health Service before; this promises to be more positive.

And finally, our good friend Lindsi Thomas alerts us to an interesting podcast by Reason's Peter Suderman, who discusses "problems that came about when states like Hawaii, Tennessee and Massachusetts tried to implement universal health care coverage."

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