ANALYSIS: Putting Our Premiums Into Medical Care, Not Profits


The recent news from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation that health insurers will have to send rebate checks totaling more than $1.3 billion to Americans this summer was especially gratifying to me. It more than justified my decision three years ago to clue members of Congress in on how insurance companies have systematically been devoting ever-increasing portions of our premium dollars to rewarding their shareholders and top executives.

How To Avoid Being A Bad Roommate

Jason Alderman

For many people, having roommates is a natural transition between leaving their parent’s house and buying their own home. It can be a great way to trim expenses and save for the future. But if you’re not careful, cohabitating can also devolve into constant bickering over finances and dirty dishes.

Gas Prices Going Down, But Still Remain High

STATE — Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.71 per gallon yesterday, according to gasoline price website NewJerseyGasPrices.com. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81 per gallon.



Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that many air fresheners contain toxic chemicals. Are there any green-friendly, non-toxic air fresheners out there, or how can I make my own? — Jenny Rae, Bolton, MA