Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. Welcomes Peter Stavrakos to Brokerage Division

Sarasota, FL, July 21, 2018 –(PR.com)– Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Stavrakos to the Brokerage office in Sarasota, Florida. He will be joining the Professional Liability Team where he will focus on solving the coverage needs of both smaller and larger Professional and Management Liability accounts. As a former Risk and Insurance Intern with a leading not-for-profit health care system, Peter has previous experience in claims, reporting, and data analysis. He graduated from Florida State University in May of this year with a Bachelor…

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National Flood Insurance Program Expires in Under 2 Weeks

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The last day for the program will be July 31st unless Congress changes or renews it. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which covers five million homes against the risk of flooding, is about to expire. In fact, in under two weeks, on July 31, the program will come to an end unless Congress acts to extend it. Congress could renew it as-is or could attempt to agree to change it, but they’re running out of time. If the National Flood Insurance Program is not renewed, those with coverage will…

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Earthquake insurance and preparedness low in Israel, despite risk

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The region typically experiences large quakes every 80 to 100 years and is now coming due. In Israel, preparedness and earthquake insurance to protect against a major quake remains too low. The State Comptroller, Yosef Shapira has now issued a warning to the country that preparedness is entirely inadequate. This is a serious problem as the country is now considered to be due for a major earthquake. Earthquake insurance coverage is only one of many steps residents and businesses could take to protect themselves. Over the last week or so,…

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Iran insurance processing may soon be blocked on Lloyd’s IT platform

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Sanctions from the United States will likely get in the way of using the platform for this purpose. New U.S. sanctions will likely make it impossible to purchase any form of Iran insurance using a Lloyd’s of London platform. This will only worsen struggles for European insurers that have been providing Iranian coverage. The sanctions are being re-applied by the United states after it backed out of the nuclear deal. President Trump walked out on the Iran nuclear deal in May. The remainder of the world powers that originally joined…

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Louisiana workers compensation sees few claims but high costs

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Employees in the state are less likely to be injured than in any other place across the country. The Louisiana workers compensation program functions in a curious way. Despite the fact that employees in the state are less likely to be injured than those in any other state, the coverage still comes with high costs. The costs of workers compensation insurance in the state have been steadily falling for years. Comparing the cost of Louisiana workers compensation clearly shows that the actual costs are dropping. In fact, this has been…

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Charges laid in massive health insurance scam worth $1M in fraud

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A Florida man has been charged with impersonating a New Jersey doctor to make falsified claims. A Florida man is now facing charges in a massive health insurance scam. To swindle his insurance company out of about a million dollars, he allegedly assumed the identity of a doctor in New Jersey. The man proceeded to file a number of fraudulent claims against his medical plan. By using the New Jersey doctor’s identity, the man allegedly submitted over $1 million in fake insurance claims. The health insurance scam involved services that…

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5 Life Insurance Policies You Should Consider (That Aren’t Term)

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Looking for life insurance? Purchasing a life insurance plan is one of the best ways to secure your family’s well being, providing you with peace of mind along the way. There’s no shortage of plans promising low premiums and strong benefits, but knowing what all options are out there and which to choose can be challenging. Read on as I unpack 5 life insurance policies that aren’t term, and see if one of them might be suitable for you. #1 Whole Life Policy Here’s the gist of a whole life…

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Thousands in Arkansas fear lost health insurance benefits under new rules

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Medicaid changes in Republican led states are often aligning with Trump’s efforts to dismantle Obamacare. One state at a time, health insurance benefits are changing for those reliant on Medicaid and whose governors are Republican. As the GOP works to take Obamacare apart, many states now have stricter Medicaid regulations. Arkansas has become the first state to push the new health insurance benefits rule. It will require state residents to have to provide proof of their employment or volunteer status in order to keep their Medicaid coverage. As the law…

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Manteca Insurance & Financial Services Becomes Member of SIAA’s Growing Master Agency in Northern California

Manteca, CA, July 13, 2018 –(PR.com)– Manteca Insurance and Financial Services recently joined Strategic Independent Insurance Agency Solutions (SIIAS), an SIAA regional network of independent agencies spanning 28 counties in Northern California. Manteca Insurance is a full-service insurance agency based in San Joaquin County, CA that specializes in commercial, personal and life insurance. The agency is owned by Jeffrey Zellner and is located at 1463 Moffat Blvd in Manteca, CA. Manteca is centrally located, and less than 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento & Fresno. “The alliance…

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CQRC Applauds Competitive Bidding Reform in DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Washington, DC, July 12, 2018 –(PR.com)– The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies – welcomed the release of the “End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS” Proposed Rule by…

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