What am I paying? Medical bill transparency and a tool that will help you

CLEVELAND — Ever feel like you have no idea what your doctor bills are going to cost you? In an effort for transparency in medical costs, local hospitals have put prices online. However, as major federal regulations on costs draw near, a Cleveland research group said so far the price-listings don’t help you the patient.

Howard Barksdale, 69, from Bedford, was driving down the road and got rear-ended in December of last year.

“It’s like a contusion of being hit. My neck was jarred,” Barksdale said.

He said the doctor in the ER asked him to get a CT Scan.

“It’s like anything. You always want to know the price of it. I don’t know why that would be different?” said Barksdale.

He didn’t know the price. He was charged more than $3,900.

“There should be some kind of a clear explanation of what the bill is going to be

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Medicare has new tool to compare nursing homes, costs, hospitals. How good is it?

Suppose you or a loved one needed to get cardiac bypass surgery. Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to consult one online tool to find and evaluate a surgeon and hospital as well as a nursing home and home health services for rehabilitation after this surgery?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is betting the answer is yes.

Last month, CMS unveiled Care Compare, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools available on

Care Compare aims to give Medicare patients and family caregivers a user-friendly online tool to make informed decisions about healthcare based on location, cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data, and the site is compatible for use on smartphone and tablets.

Patients can find information in eight areas: doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, home health, dialysis centers, long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation and hospice groups.

“By aggregating all eight

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Free online search tool helps beneficiaries find insurance policies left by loved ones

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Talking about what will happen when you die with your loved ones is not a conversation a lot of people like to have.

But if you don’t talk about it, your family may not have the information they need to collect your death benefits, like insurance. But, there’s a free search tool that can help.

Click here for the Life Insurance Policy Locator Service

Unfortunately, It’s not going to help you have that conversation which is an important one. But if someone close to you dies and you have no idea whether they had any life insurance policies, this can help you find them if you are a beneficiary.

Saying goodbye is never easy and neither is finding lost life insurance policies left by loved ones.

Until now that is, thanks to a free online search tool called the Life Insurance Policy Locator Service offered through

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Make smarter currency trades with this $50 tool

Used by professional traders in order to gain valuable insights about trending market data, the Currency HeatwaveX Financial Tool will help you make better decisions thanks to a series of analytical tools that allow you to monitor currency strength, volume, trade popularity, momentum data, and much more.

Through this multifaceted interface that features an intuitive dashboard, you’ll be able to fine-tune your trades through fifteen unique components that offer real-time data about the market.

It’s easy to get accurate market tips that offer information on current trends involving currency conversions, information pertaining to intra-day deals and volatility parameters, currency strength data that will help you maximize gains and minimize losses, and the historical strengths and weaknesses of various currencies from around the globe.

Don’t settle for limited and inaccurate data when it comes to making high-level currency trades online. The Currency HeatwaveX Financial Tool will help you accurately harness the

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Etsy’s CEO slams Amazon for trying to twist a California consumer protection bill into a tool to ‘wipe out its competitors’

Lawmakers are looking to hold Amazon accountable for defective products sold on its online marketplace. 

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Lawmakers are looking to hold Amazon accountable for defective products sold on its online marketplace.
  • Etsy CEO Josh Silverman accused Amazon of attempting to stifle competition by lobbying California lawmakers to make a proposed consumer protection bill overly burdensome for smaller players.

  • In a blog post Tuesday, Silverman said Amazon was “taking bold steps to wipe out its competitors by promoting complex, hard-to-comply-with legislation that only they can afford to absorb.”

  • The bill, AB-3262, would hold online marketplaces liable for defective products similarly to physical retailers, but Silverman said the version Amazon lobbied for will ultimately hurt small businesses.

  • A California court ruled earlier this month that Amazon is liable for defective products sold by third-parties on its site due to the “pivotal” role it played in transactions.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon came

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How to use TurboVote, the online tool that reminds you when and how to vote

The 2020 presidential election is going to be a dramatic, stress-filled day for millions of Americans.

That’s especially true for students, many of whom will be voting for the first time amid a global pandemic, extreme political polarization and of course, widespread protests against racial inequality. For those reasons and more, every tool that makes voting easier will be especially crucial this year.

TurboVote, a free subscription service designed for high school and college students, does exactly that. Basically, it’s a reminder service that automatically lets you know when, where and how to vote.

Here’s everything you need to know about TurboVote and how you can sign up in seconds.

What is TurboVote?

TurboVote’s mission is simple. The tool, created by Democracy Works, sends texts and emails reminding you of upcoming national, state and local elections.

Along the way, you also get info about candidates, your district’s voting process and,

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Facebook Barks At Apple For Refusing to Waive 30% Fee On New Online Tool

Facebook announced on Friday that Apple has rejected its request to waive a 30% commission tax fee, which the iPhone maker charges apps on its devices.

The request coincides with Facebook’s (FB) launch of a new events feature for businesses to earn money from online events. The feature will allow page owners to create an online event, set a price, promote the event, collect payment and host the event, all in one place.

The tool is part of Facebook’s initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) bring their products to customers online as social distancing mandates are still in place during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the launch, the social media platform will not collect any fees from paid online events for at least the next year, the company said.

“We asked Apple (AAPL) to reduce its 30% App Store tax or allow us

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CRA launches new tool to help businesses through COVID-19


The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) hasn’t gotten the uptake Ottawa hoped for, with businesses calling it restrictive and confusing. Now, there’s a new tool to help businesses take advantage of the emergency benefit to help Canadians make ends meet through COVID-19.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with the help of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), launched a new and improved online calculator to help all types of businesses apply for the next period of the CEWS program, which opens for applications on August 17. 

CEWS covers 75 per cent of the wages of workers at companies

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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Images provided by the SAND Lab at the University of Chicago show before and after photographs of, from left, Jessica Simpson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Patrick Dempsey that were cloaked by the Fawkes team. (SAND Lab, University of Chicago via The New York Times)
Images provided by the SAND Lab at the University of Chicago show before and after photographs of, from left, Jessica Simpson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Patrick Dempsey that were cloaked by the Fawkes team. (SAND Lab, University of Chicago via The New York Times)

In recent years, companies have been prowling the web for public photos associated with people’s names that they can use to build enormous databases of faces and improve their facial-recognition systems, adding to a growing sense that personal privacy is being lost, bit by digital bit.

A startup called Clearview AI, for example, scraped billions of online photos to build a tool for police that could lead them from a face to a Facebook account, revealing a person’s identity.

Now researchers are trying to foil those systems. A team of computer engineers at the University of Chicago has developed a tool that disguises photos with pixel-level changes

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Martin Lewis hits out at ‘dangerous’ new tool from Student Loans Company

Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, has been campaigning against scam ads online for over a year: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images
Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, has been campaigning against scam ads online for over a year: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images

Financial campaigner Martin Lewis today blasted the Student Loans Company’s new website, dubbing it “demoralising, damaging and dangerous”.

The SLC moved its site from to and features tools to show students how much they owe.

However Lewis argued the tools encourage students to pay off their debts faster, even though there is no financial benefit to doing so. Annual repayments are set at 9% of anything a former student earns over a certain threshold, which is currently £26,575 per year.

Lewis, the founder of financial planning site and the former head of the independent taskforce on student finance information, said: “The first thing university leavers see when they log in, in a large font, is the amount of ‘debt they owe’. This is demoralising, damaging and dangerous….

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