Elisabeth Rosenthal, a doctor and former New York Times reporter who wrote the book "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back," gave tips in an interview with ABC News on how to protect yourself from being hit with exorbitantly high medical bills or how to fight back when that does happen. Her new book examines where things went wrong and how patients can take back their rights within the healthcare system. Wanda Wickizer, 51, from Virginia, told ABC News that following the death of her husband she lost her health insurance.
Happy Pi Day! While math nerds may have March 14 — 3/14 — circled on their calendars for the annual celebration of that quantity with an infinite number of decimal digits, it's a day of deals that everyone can enjoy.Recently Pi Day has become a fun way for companies to promote deep discounts on products from pies to PCs. Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, but on March 14, the mathematical symbol is more of a sign for savings.Check out the list below for some fun Pi Day deals and treats.Pi Day deals: Pizzas and pies&pizza: If you're in Washington, D.C. ...
A New Jersey woman was rendered speechless when she was told she had won $2 million in Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot -- and her stunned reaction was captured on video. Jessica Macarone learned of her lottery win in front of reporters at the News Day newsstand in Newark, New Jersey, where she purchased the Powerball ticket. Macarone returned to the newsstand on Thursday to check her numbers.
Free shipping day is here!Over 1,100 retailers participate, and all offer guaranteed free delivery by Christmas.Participating retailers include JCPenney, Target, Neiman Marcus, Cabela's, Lululemon, Toy R Us, Bass Pro shops, Toms, Barnes and Noble and T.J. Maxx, among many others. The full list of participating retailers can be found here.Save Big This Holiday Season With Green Monday DealsDeals and Steals: Last Minute Holiday GiftsToday is not the last day for free shipping, but many retailers will institute minimum purchase requirements to get free shipping for holiday purchases. ...
Just when you thought you’d missed the deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, along comes Green Monday, a made-up shopping holiday based on data showing that the second Monday in December is the third-largest online shopping day of the year. Levis, the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic are all offering 40 percent off their entire sites. Also from Amazon, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900, Wet & Dry Edition S8950/91, is on sale at $89.95.
Honey is a browser add-on that automatically applies coupon codes during the checkout process. Recently while shopping for an NFL jersey for my son, I used Honey to save 20 percent. Another feature of the service is especially handy for frequent Amazon users.
The Better Business Bureau issued a warning alerting consumers of an illegal "secret sister gift exchange" scam that has been making the rounds on the internet this holiday season. The "secret sister gift exchange" invites participants to purchase a gift valued at $10 for a stranger and claims that the participant will then receive as many as 36 gifts from strangers. The BBB called this a "typical pyramid scheme," adding that it has been able to gain a lot of traction on social media during this season of goodwill.
A statistics lecturer who bucked his undergraduate math professor’s advice to never play the lottery ended up winning a $100,000 jackpot. Nicholas Kapoor, 26, of Monroe, Connecticut, won the $100,000 jackpot after buying a $15 Powerball ticket at a local gas station. Kapoor teaches statistics at Fairfield University and had lectured his students about probability just prior to his win.
Also, some apps ask for permission to access other information on a phone such as for the ability to track the user. “We discovered over a few hundred apps that were counterfeit,” said Chris Mason, CEO of Branding Brand. Researchers found fake apps pretending to be from Ugg, Dillards, Dollar Tree, Zappos and New Balance.
Commercials are already appearing for early Black Friday deals, but how do these early bargains stack up against the ones that will be offered on the biggest shopping day of the year?Here’s a roundup of some of the offers available right now:Walmart is having a sale on TVs, such as a 32-inch TCL Roku Smart LED HDTV for $125, down from $228.Columbia is offering 60 percent off of apparel for the entire family for shoppers who use the code “AFFDEALS.”And today Amazon is offering various kinds of Mega Bloks for up to 40 percent off. ...
The U.S. Federal Communication Commission is sounding the alarm over a phone scam that involves fraudsters pretending to be government officials and demanding payment via gift card. The agency said on Thursday that scammers pretending to be from the IRS, the FBI, local sheriffs departments and other law enforcement or government agencies were telling individuals that they needed to remit payment via a gift card or they could face arrest or legal action. “Government agencies and legitimate companies never call consumers to seek payment via gift cards,” the FCC said in a statement.
Glenda Blackwell was trying to teach her husband a lesson about gambling too much. "I had to eat my words, but they were worth eating," Blackwell, 57, laughed as she told ABC affiliate WLOS-TV in Asheville North Carolina. On Oct. 22, Blackwell's husband, Buddy, sent her to buy two Powerball tickets from Suttles Quik Mart in Asheville, according to WLOS.
An innovative young job seeker came up with a creative and delicious twist to get his foot in the door. Lukas Yla, 25, disguised himself as a Postmates delivery man and hand-delivered his resume inside a box of doughnuts to potential employers at top tech companies in the San Francisco area. Yla moved to California from Lithuania and said he knew he would need to be creative when it came to landing a job.
Facebook today will announce the launch of Marketplace, a feature within its app on Android and iPhone smartphones which will allow users to buy and sell goods with others, ABC News has exclusively learned. In the coming days, the Marketplace feature will begin appearing to people over 18 years old in the bottom row of icons inside the Facebook app. Opening the marketplace, users will see items listed nearby, but will be able to narrow down by price, category or location, according to a forthcoming blog post obtained by ABC News.
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is expected to appear before the Senate Banking Committee today to face questions over allegations that employees of his bank opened or applied for more than 2 million bank accounts or credit cards without customers' knowledge or permission. It is expected to be the toughest public appearance that Stumpf has made since the scandal was revealed on Sept. 8. Democrats on the committee, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have promised to ask about compensation of senior executives who may be linked to the allegations, among other questions.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is set to evaluate the battery that Samsung is using in replacement Note7 smartphones, after previous batteries were found to have a fault which is believed to have caused some to catch fire. The evaluation is a key step in the establishment of an official government-sanctioned recall, which requires that a remedy be made available to consumers, according to the CPSC's deputy director. Samsung acknowledged it was seeking such a recall late last week after facing criticism over the "product exchange program" it had been offering customers.
The hoodie has seen its fashion style evolve from being worn at the gym, as seen in the classic "Rocky" movies, to being worn on the sidelines of sports events by coaches like the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick to being worn at the office by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Now the hoodie is a fashion darling spotted on the likes of Rita Ora, Selena Gomez and even Rihanna. With that level of cool comes, wait for it, the designer hoodie.
Deodorant: It costs a few bucks at the drug store, you swipe it on after a shower and that’s it, right? Deodorant is a $4 billion business and growing, partly because brands that advertise themselves as “natural” are selling faster than ever and because designers are jumping into the category. To understand this trend you first need to understand the difference between antiperspirants and deodorants.
Marisa Pyatt sleeps in the same bed she did when she was 10 years old -- even though she’s 24 now. According to a May report from the Pew Research Center, living with parents is now the most common arrangement for millennials -– the term used to refer to adults currently between the ages of 18 and 34. ABC News talked to Peter Dunn, a personal finance expert, about how millennials and their parents should handle the arrangement.
When 95-year-old Ursula McCafferty won $30,000 from the $30 worth of lottery tickets she purchases every week, she knew exactly what she wanted to buy with the money. McCafferty, a mother of five, grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of four, bought a brand new cellphone. “I had a little one and it didn’t do anything,” McCafferty told ABC News.
Technical problems are not what Amazon or its customers wanted to see on the company's second annual Prime Day, a day of deals for members of its Prime service. In a tweet, Amazon acknowledged the problems and said that it was "working to resolve this issue quickly." About two hours later, a company representative said that the issue had been resolved. Tuquyen Mach, a stay-at-home-mom in Centreville, Virginia, told ABC News that she had problems on several Amazon platforms while attempting to purchase a video game for her husband.
Amazon says its Prime Day -- a 24-hour shopping stunt with free shipping on more than 100,000 deals from brands of all sizes in nearly every product category it carries -- will be bigger and better than last year's inaugural event. To benefit from Amazon's Prime Day savings, you must be a Prime member. Walmart announced that all this week, until Friday, July 15, it is offering free shipping on all online orders with no minimum purchase and no membership required.
Amazon’s much-hyped Prime Day sale event is July 12, but the giant online retailer is already offering deals leading up to the big day. On its second annual Prime Day sale, Prime members will have access to more than 100,000 deals. Sources at Amazon tell me they are trying to get every deal offered down to the lowest price it’s been on Amazon in at least 12 months, if not longer.
Christi Shaw was U.S. president of the pharmaceutical giant Novartis when she stunned the business world by walking away from it all. She did it to care for her older sister, Sherry Whitford, who was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer more than two years ago. Whitford was facing a potentially bleak diagnosis but had been admitted into a clinical trial.
A homemaker from Staten Island, New York, is now a $169 million jackpot winner after her husband used an extra dollar to purchase a $1 Mega Millions ticket that proved to be a winner. Nancy Viola told New York Lottery officials that she asked her husband to stop for Powerball tickets last January when the Powerball jackpot was approaching $1 billion. Her husband bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets at a Staten Island convenience store and then used an extra dollar to purchase a Mega Millions ticket.