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Some 211 people died during clinical trials for new drugs in just six months in India, an official reportedly said.

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Americans made fewer trips to their doctors’ offices during the Great Recession than they did earlier in the decade, according to new research.

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Boise, ID (PRWEB) September 12, 2012

Dr. Jack Stephens, the veterinarian who founded the first U.S. pet insurance agency and issued the first pet insurance policy to celebrity TV dog Lassie in the 1980s, said the companys 7-year anniversary on Sept. 17 is particularly special to him because it also falls within National Pet Health Insurance Month and within the same year as the 30th anniversary of U.S. pet insurance as a whole.

It amazes me to reflect on the introduction of the countrys cat and dog insurance industry, Dr. Stephens recalled. As a veterinarian, a client once brought her dog into my practice and decided to euthanize her instead of providing treatment because of the cost alone.

Dr. Stephens said he ran into the family a few weeks later, and the clients young daughter remembered him as the man who killed her dog.

This encounter is what ignited my decision to find a better solution than euthanasia for pet owners who cannot afford to treat their sick animals, Dr. Stephens said. And so, U.S. pet insurance was born.

After pioneering the nations pet health insurance industry, Dr. Stephens was an integral part in the formation of NAPHIA, which is a comprised of pet health insurance companies and industry professionals who aim to set and keep industry transparency and standards high.

Dr. Stephens said the pet insurance agency plans to celebrate its anniversary during NAPHIAs National Pet Health Insurance month with a veterinarian Yappy Hour open house event in September at the Pets Best Insurance headquarters.

Were overjoyed to be celebrating another successful year at Pets Best Insurance, Dr. Stephens said. And as the human-animal bond continues to grow stronger, well be here to help owners and their beloved animals afford the best health care they can get.

About Pets Best Insurance

With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance president Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in the United States in 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.

Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit In states in which Independence American Insurance Companys new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit or call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.

For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at or call 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow Pets Best Insurance on Facebook at

Dr. Jack Stephens is available for interviews.

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Low doses of inhaled analgesics can safely reduce pain during the early stages of labor, according to a new review of the evidence.

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Concerns about health insurance exchange expressed during hearing (AUDIO)
Concerns about how best to establish a Health Insurance Exchange in Nebraska have been expressed during a public hearing featuring representatives of the insurance industry. Gov. Dave Heineman presided over two public hearings held at the downtown …
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Health care reform: Risk of playing the odds
Georgia's also chosen to not work on setting up the health insurance exchanges called for in the reform act. They would allow people to buy private insurance, presumably at attractive rates. If the law stands, and Georgia doesn't act, the federal …
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Codepink activist Army Col. Ann Wright and Laura Mills talk about why they disrupted Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan during his opening address at the RNC. The two women spoke up against the Republicans fight to limit womens rights and control their bodies for them, Shooting “Fund healthcare not Warfare and My body my choice” For more information check out and follow on twitter at @codepink
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Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 23, 2012

Atlantic Information Services, Inc., publisher of Health Plan Week and AIS’s Health Reform Week, is pleased to announce its July 31 webinar, 2013 Plan Design: What Benefit-Design Changes Will Health Plans and Employers Make? See webinar details at

Large employers and health insurers are now modifying existing health insurance offerings and designing new ones in time for this falls open enrollment. While increased cost sharing will remain a popular option for many, some employers are aggressively adopting new strategies, including defined contribution, accountable care and next-generation wellness programs. They also are looking ahead to 2014 and eyeing possible benefit-design changes to comply with reform law mandates. A wide range of interesting new plan designs are under development.

During the webinar, Alexander “Sander” Domaszewicz from Mercer Health & Benefits Services, Erich Blumberg from Lockton Dunning Benefits Co. and Todd Van Tol from Oliver Wyman will discuss which new designs will be rolled out in the fall. During a lively 60-minute roundtable discussion, followed by 30 minutes devoted to individual questions, participants will get inside information on these and other key questions:

Defined contribution: How can employers and insurers avoid pitfalls in adopting defined-contribution platforms, particularly as they bring in retiree populations?
Accountable care: How are products being integrated into alternative networks and provider-partnership models?
Pay or play: How will employers respond to the million dollar question of whether to provide benefits covering at least 60% of medical costs or pay a penalty?
Private exchanges: What lessons can be learnd from the pioneers that have begun offering benefits through private exchanges?
Next-generation wellness strategies: How are employers and insurers rolling out mobile apps, prevention-focused games, social-media communities and other strategies?
Cost sharing: What yardsticks will employers use to determine when additional increases in deductibles and copayments will alienate their work forces?
Ancillary benefits: As core health insurance products are more highly regulated, health insurers and brokers are investing in other benefits such as dental and vision. With such products contributing more to the bottom lines of insurers and brokers, what does it mean for employers?
Account-based health plans: More than half of employers now offer an account-based option, but how effective are they in reducing coverage costs?

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President Barack Obama During the Signing Ceremony for the Health Care Bill Photographic Poster Print, 16×16

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Question by Oklahoman: If your car was hit by a suspect vehicle during a police chase, how would you exchange insurance information?
Assume that the suspect vehicle is stolen. During a police chase, the suspect’s car bumps into yours.

How do you exchange insurance information – especially if the suspect car isn’t stopped until several blocks later?
I’ve not been faced with this situation. I just want to know what to do ahead of time – just in case.

I am watching one of those Wild Police Video shows on Spike TV. That was the inspiration for this question.

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Answer by Shockey Monkey
Call the police, they will contact you with the information of what to do. Most likely this will be down to your own insurance.

What do you think? Answer below!

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