Hide and seek: Why there’s no national database of life insurance policies

There’s an old Irish blessing that says, “May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” But even if the devil doesn’t know, the government does, as do insurance companies, credit card issuers and mortgage lenders. In fact, anyone who can pay for a Social Security Administration service called the Death Master file knows who is no longer living. (13 mins ago)

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