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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Anatomy of a Facebook Scam Posted on Mar 30

Anatomy of a Facebook Scam

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation You are scrolling through your Facebook status updates, and suddenly you find a couple of friends who have become a fan of what looks like free food at Olive Garden. The   …Continue Reading Anatomy of a Facebook Scam

Lost in the Flood Posted on Mar 29

Lost in the Flood

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Once again, we are getting an epic rainstorm here in Massachusetts, and already-waterlogged residents need to be prepared for another round of flooding. While flood insurance is often the last thing   …Continue Reading Lost in the Flood

Top Complaints: Contractors, Cars and Foreclosure Posted on Mar 9

Top Complaints: Contractors, Cars and Foreclosure

Posted by: Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Today, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation hosted a press conference to discuss the top five scams that confronted consumers in 2009. Along with information from our office, the   …Continue Reading Top Complaints: Contractors, Cars and Foreclosure

Business Owners, Insurance Agents Intrigued by Reform Plans Posted on Mar 4

Business Owners, Insurance Agents Intrigued by Reform Plans

Posted by: Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy, Division of Insurance Along with getting a sense of the size of increases small businesses are seeing in health insurance, one of the main goals of this week’s hearings around the state is to gauge response to Governor Patrick’s   …Continue Reading Business Owners, Insurance Agents Intrigued by Reform Plans

In Pittsfield, Just Enough Isn’t Enough Posted on Mar 4

In Pittsfield, Just Enough Isn’t Enough

Posted by: Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy, Division of Insurance Yesterday, we traveled to Pittsfield for a rather spirited conversation about increases in health insurance costs, and one thing we discovered was a disgruntlement at high prices for minimal coverage. A number of people at yesterday's   …Continue Reading In Pittsfield, Just Enough Isn’t Enough

Drumbeat for Insurance Reform Continues in Boston Posted on Mar 2

Drumbeat for Insurance Reform Continues in Boston

Posted by: Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy, Division of Insurance When insurance benefits broker Steve Walsh meets with business clients to discuss changes in their health insurance premiums, he knows the decision goes beyond how much a company should pay for health coverage. At today’s hearing   …Continue Reading Drumbeat for Insurance Reform Continues in Boston

‘They Can Literally Make Me Bankrupt’ Posted on Mar 1

‘They Can Literally Make Me Bankrupt’

Posted by: Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy, Division of Insurance At our first hearing today on health care costs for small businesses, we heard from a number of business owners who talked about how increases affect themselves and their employees. Richard Egan (photo top left), who   …Continue Reading ‘They Can Literally Make Me Bankrupt’

Weighing in on Small Business Insurance Costs Posted on Mar 1

Weighing in on Small Business Insurance Costs

Posted by: Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy, Division of Insurance Today, the Division of Insurance begins a schedule of six hearings on small business health insurance costs with a session in Hyannis. As part of Governor Patrick’s reform of small-market health insurance, these hearings will give   …Continue Reading Weighing in on Small Business Insurance Costs