Archive for December 6th, 2008

by jhwygirl

As the Helena Independent Republic put it, Montanans won a key court victory this week as the judge sided with term-limited state Auditor John Morrison’s directive that disallowed the use of discretionary clauses in health and disability policies.

Discretionary clauses allow the insurer to deny claims merely by proving a physician or other medical expert to deny the claim, by stating that the denial is reasonable.

He who has the most money wins.

Jim Hunt, Democratic primary challenger to John Driscoll in the democrats failed race for Dennis Rehberg’s House of Representative seat, argued the case for the state.

Five years ago, Morrison had decided to prohibit discretionary clauses in health policies. All insurers but Standard Insurance Co. of Portland Oregon decided to comply.

While the clause now still exists in may policies that have not been reissued, Judge Honzel’s ruling effectively removes the applicability of any discretionary clause still in place.

Good Stuff for Montana.

by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread.

NY Times 100 Most Notable Books of 2008.

Shakespeare, I’m waiting. I need gift suggestions!

Pretty big shoes to fill – David Gregory to Meet the Press.

Famous (or infamous) movie director Roman Polanski is asking a judge in a Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss his 1977 conviction of sex-with-a-minor. He fled prior to sentencing and has been living in Paris ever since.

Remember two weeks ago I blogged about the world’s oldest pot stash being found? You would if you’ve been smoking the stuff, at least on occasion (LOL)…..Well, that oldest pot stash apparently has one local marijuana expert (and University of Montana professor) pretty interested.

There were 533,000 jobs lost last month. Katie Couric said that jobs are now being lost at a rate of 1 every 5 seconds. From the NYTimes:

Not since December 1974, toward the end of a severe recession, have so many jobs disappeared in a single month, and the current recession appears to be just gathering steam.

Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures are at the highest levels ever. “Ever” as in since the time statistics have been kept.

There is talk, from Chris Cillizza of the NY Times The Fix, of Caroline Kennedy being asked to fill Hillary Clinton’s senate seat. That would make two Kennedy’s in the Senate and that would be fine by me.

Bill O’Reilly’s The Radio Factor radio show will end by the 1st quarter of 2009.

Green roofs are hot. Hot in Omaha where city officials have have worked green roofs, among other things, into its master plan. Hot in luxury condos. Hot in the building industry, in general, where green building is expected to increase in 2008.

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