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By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns played tag on Wednesday, and Tony Renda was “it.” It was a one-run game in the seventh inning and the Suns' designated hitter was on the hot seat. Renda fed off the pressure and stroked a two-out single to center to score Stephen Perez from second with the insurance run in a 3-1 victory over Lakewood in an afternoon matinee at Municipal Stadium. Circumstance and opportunity collided to put Renda in the clutch position in a game that was 2-1. “I wanted Tony to hit with a man on second base,” said Suns manager Tripp Keister.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2012
Hagerstown resident David Benton started riding a scooter four months ago when his motorcycle broke down. He said he doesn't have insurance for the scooter, but supports a new Maryland law that will make having it a requirement after Oct. 1. “I believe there should be insurance,” Benton said. “Where's the liability if someone runs into somebody ... Who's going to pay for my hospital bills?” The law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the legislative session earlier this year.
NEWS
September 16, 2002
BALTIMORE - The Maryland Insurance Administration will have a representative in Hagerstown in October to answer questions about insurance coverage and complaints. The session will be Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Professional Arts Building, 1 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. No appointment is necessary.
NEWS
November 6, 2003
This week the Associated Press reported that many West Virginians are losing their homeowners' insurance just for filing what are apparently legitimate claims. Is this the work of a heartless, money-grubbing insurer? Apparently not. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, which pays one of every three homeowners' claims in the state, reports that it hasn't had a profitable year on home policies in more than 10 years. It's also lost big dollars on auto insurance and stopped writing policies in both those categories in 2002.
NEWS
September 2, 2002
R.A. Poor Associates, in cooperation with Cornerstone Advisors of Hagerstown, is providing a consumer public service educational seminar on long-term care insurance at the Corner Advisors education annex, 1110 Opal Court, Suite 1. The seminars are generic and nothing will be sold during the seminar. Bob Poor and Earl Crown, certified senior advisers and long-term care specialists, will provide an overview of long-term care coverage and funding options. The 11/2-hour presentation will provide sufficient information to help determine what action is best and most economical for you. The seminar will be held Sept.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 4, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The owner of a Hagerstown business said she almost had to close her doors when she learned a state department was requiring her to pay an additional $100,000 annually in business costs. However, Alice Backman, who owns Alice's Home & Cottage on McCauley Court, said she wasn't giving up her 27-year-old business without a fight. She worked with state lawmakers on legislation that passed the Maryland General Assembly this year, exempting businesses from paying unemployment insurance for seamstresses who work in their own homes.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 26, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Cindy Hill recalls a night when her son, who is now 9 years old, tenderly reached out to her and said, "Mom, I love you. " For Hill's son, Luke, who has been diagnosed with autism, that simple act took years of work, research and treatment to produce. Yet the treatment that led to that breakthrough is not covered by insurance. That's the problem that Hill, of Hagerstown, and two other mothers were in Annapolis to address Thursday. Hill said autism treatments or diagnoses are not covered by insurance plans because autism is considered untreatable and incurable.
NEWS
By STEVEN T. DENNIS | March 27, 1998
County won't mandate insurance for use of fields County sports leagues won't have to provide $1 million in liability insurance before using county fields this year. The Washington County Commissioners decided Thursday to keep the policy as it was last year, and require only leagues that use concession stands to provide an insurance certificate. That insurance was needed in case of food poisoning, said Annajean Bitner, the county's risk management administrator. County Attorney Richard Douglas had told the commissioners that the insurance requirement would help protect the county from lawsuits.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 16, 2008
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave its unofficial approval to purchase rain insurance during the Western Maryland Blues Fest. The insurance would cost $11,715 and protect the festival from financial loss, said Karen Giffin, city community affairs director. The money to buy the insurance would come from the Blues Fest budget. Giffin said the policy would cover portions of two days. On May 30, the policy would cost $2,055 for $15,000 of coverage from 3 to 8 p.m., Giffin said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 27, 2003
Washington County Attorney Richard Douglas said Wednesday that the county would pay for half of former county Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis' health insurance benefits if Davis opted for that coverage. Douglas would not say whether Davis chose that benefit. Davis, 47, retired on Tuesday, the county said. He had worked for the county since 1981. Douglas said the county has a policy that states it will pay half of the health insurance benefits for all eligible retirees until they qualify for Medicare.
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BUSINESS
August 4, 2013
American General Life Cos. Rob Lorshbaugh was recognized as the leading agent for June 2013 for sales and services at American General Life Cos. in Hagerstown. He is a veteran agent with the company, with more than 20 years of service to the community. He specializes in life insurance, disability insurance, buy/sell agreements, keyman insurance and retirement products. Lorshbaugh's office is at 13210 Fountain Head Plaza in Hagerstown. He can be reached by calling 301-739-2454 or sending an email to Robert.Lorshbaugh@agla.com.
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SPORTS
August 1, 2013
Nick Barnett stood on the practice field Thursday morning wearing a white Washington Redskins cap turned backward, his hands behind his back. He was to the right of London Fletcher, picking the brain of a fellow old-man linebacker. There was a moment where they each stretched out an arm, pointing toward something in the play that was being run. Fletcher was 32 when he signed with the Redskins six years ago, and he's still going strong. Barnett is now 32, and he's the latest addition to the team's linebacker corps.
NEWS
BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
Maryland's new health insurance “marketplace” is expected to enroll 180,000 of the state's approximately 800,000 uninsured residents through private insurance and 100,000 more through Medicaid within the first year of enrollment, which begins this fall, officials said Wednesday. The state-based exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, is an online portal, where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance options, determine eligibility for tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, and enroll in private insurance or public programs, according to the connection's Danielle Davis, director of communications, outreach and training.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns played tag on Wednesday, and Tony Renda was “it.” It was a one-run game in the seventh inning and the Suns' designated hitter was on the hot seat. Renda fed off the pressure and stroked a two-out single to center to score Stephen Perez from second with the insurance run in a 3-1 victory over Lakewood in an afternoon matinee at Municipal Stadium. Circumstance and opportunity collided to put Renda in the clutch position in a game that was 2-1. “I wanted Tony to hit with a man on second base,” said Suns manager Tripp Keister.
NEWS
April 3, 2013
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved several contracts for group health insurance for the coming year, electing to stick with several incumbent providers and switch to one new carrier for vision coverage. Karen Luther, the county's purchasing director, and consultant Rebecca Mowen Lewis of the firm CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc. went before the five commissioners to present a proposal drafted by the coordinating committee, which unanimously agreed on the recommendations.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
Senior citizens enrolled in medical and prescription plans through a Florida-based health insurance company will not see a gap in their Medicare coverage, despite the company's contracts being terminated April 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Those terminations affect residents of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. CMS “will ensure continuous medical and prescription coverage for beneficiaries enrolled in Universal Health Care Medicare health plans,” according to a new release issued Friday afternoon.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2013
Rate increases of 25 percent per year for government-subsidized flood insurance premiums for certain nonprimary residences have been set in motion. The rate increases, which started Jan. 1, will continue each year until they reflect full-risk rates, Berkeley County officials recently were told by Richard L. Carte of the state Floodplain Management Program. The increases are affecting owners of homes in Berkeley County that were built before 1988, county Planning Director Mike Thompson said.
OPINION
By THOMAS A. FIREY | January 15, 2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) is lauded as a broad reform of American health care. In fact, PPACA focuses on only one goal: expanding health insurance coverage. It does this, in part, by subsidizing insurance premiums for lower-income households, and by fining people who don't have coverage and employers that don't provide it to workers. PPACA largely overlooks other, arguably worse, problems such as the high cost of care and insurance, the financial problems of Medicare and Medicaid, the frequency of iatrogenic (doctor-caused)
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | Kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will focus on six core areas that affect the local business community as part of its agenda for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session. The six areas are: over-regulation, job growth, a competitive tax structure, affordable health insurance, transportation funding and infrastructure investment, and workforce development and education. The chamber unveiled the agenda this week, to time with the opening of the 2013 legislative session in Maryland.
OPINION
October 22, 2012
“I hear that the GOP are all up in arms because Joe Biden appeared to be laughing at some of Paul Ryan's grandiose claims last night. Did their poor little puppy get his feelings hurt?” - Chambersburg, Pa.   “U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, Republican, of the House science committee, said that he does not accept the science of evolution, embryology, or the Big Bang theory. Congressman Todd Akin says that women cannot get pregnant when legitimately raped. ... Republicans in Congress think global warming is a hoax.
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