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Jury delivers $25.5 million 'statement' to Aetna to change its ways

(CNN)An Oklahoma jury has awarded $25.5 million to the family of a cancer patient denied coverage by Aetna, with jurors saying that the insurer acted "recklessly" and that the verdict was meant as a message for Aetna to change its ways. The award is believed to be the largest verdict in an individual "bad faith" insurance case in Oklahoma history, one court observer said, and could have major ramifications across the country for a form of cancer treatment called proton beam therapy. The case revolved around the 2014 denial of coverage for Orrana Cunningham, who had stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer near her brain stem. Her doctors wanted her to receive proton beam therapy, a targeted form of rad

The Science Behind Why “Low Alcohol” Wine Matters for Your Health

Alcohol is one of the most controversial topics health and wellness practitioners must navigate. Frequently, readers of this blog ask if alcohol consumption can be a part of a healthy lifestyle — my answer is, it depends. Many studies have shown that alcohol consumption may have benefits far beyond easing social interaction and improving dance floor performance. A meta-analysis of the literature conducted in 2015 by the Journal of Internal Medicine found that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with reduced risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure. However, that same study also found that heavy drinking, defined as consuming three or more standard-sized drinks per d

Local Veterans Day Events

The Brunswick County Veteran Service Office would like to wish you all a very safe and happy Veterans Day on Sunday! This Veteran’s Day is also the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country; you are valued and appreciated more than you will ever know. Below is a list of information on LOCAL VETERANS DAY EVENTS: Saturday, November 10, 2018 Events: Annual Veterans Day Breakfast – North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce When: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Where: Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland Purple Heart Run Race starts at 9:00

The IRS Just Made it Easier to Save for Retirement. Here's How to Take Advantage

Savers can put more money into their retirement accounts in 2019. The IRS announced on Thursday that under annual inflation adjustments, the agency would increase the limits on 401(k) and IRA contributions for next year. The cap on annual contributions to a traditional and Roth IRA, which hadn’t changed since 2013, will rise to $6,000 from $5,500. The catch-up contribution to these accounts for those ages 50 and over remains unchanged at $1,000, according to the IRS. Employees who participate in a 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan will be able to set aside up to $19,000 before taxes next year, up from $18,500. The option to put an extra $500 eac

Monday Humor...

Attribution to Lawrence Hershoff, Client Advisory Board Member NO ONE BELIEVES SENIORS ANYMORE! No one believes seniors . . . Everyone thinks they are senile. An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they'd shared, where Jerry had carved I love you, Sally. On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. Ther

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