California wildfire risk increases homeowners’ insurance challenge

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Insurers are facing massive losses and have been withdrawing from areas prone to fires. The California wildfire risk has been causing problems for homeowners in the state that extend beyond the devastation left behind by the widespread uncontrolled blazes that are becoming increasingly problematic. As massive blazes become more commonplace, the cost associated with them is sending insurers away. Due to the California wildfire risk, insurers are falling out of love with the opportunity to insurer the properties there, particularly in areas most prone to the fires. “The marketplace has…

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Nearly all nonprofit health insurance co-ops are shutting down

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Of the approximately two dozen that existed during the first few years of ACA, only 3 will soon remain. In the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there were about two dozen nonprofit healthy insurance co-ops. However, now that New Mexico Health Connections announced it will be shutting down at the close of 2020, that number will fall to only 3. Among the three remaining, one is in Maine, one is in Wisconsin and one is in Idaho and Montana. That last of the nonprofit health insurance co-ops…

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Broadway giant Jujamcyn Theatres sues insurers over pandemic payouts

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The company operates big-name theaters and is suing two insurers for the size of the payments. Jujamcyn Theaters, operator of the homes of top shows such as “The Book of Mormon”, “Moulin Rouge: The Musical,” “Hadestown”, and “Mean Girls,” is suing its insurance companies. The insurers named in the lawsuit include the Pacific Indemnity Company and the Federal Insurance Company. According to the Jujamcyn Theaters filing, the insurance companies paid only $250,000 for covering what it alleges should be “tens of millions of dollars” in losses associated with the pandemic…

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NY Gov Cuomo announces insurance fraud action against opioid manufacturers

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The state department of financial services filed the charges against internationals Allergan and Teva. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has filed insurance fraud action against international opioid manufacturers Teva and Allergan. The DFS’ filing claims that the firms engaged in dubious marketing strategies for their drugs. The insurance fraud action alleges that Teva and Allergan had engaged in fraudulent marketing and promotional campaigns. Those campaigns, said the filing, misrepresented the effectiveness and safety of opioid drugs in order to broaden the opioid…

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Tesla car insurance program is headed out of California and into China

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The electric carmaker’s own coverage is launching a new business unit outside the US. The Tesla car insurance program is beginning its business expansion beyond California and is taking its firs steps into China. The electric automaker launched the coverage in California last year to make policies cheaper. The Tesla car insurance program has remained available exclusively to drivers of the brand’s own vehicles who reside in California. The goal at the launch of the policies was to make premiums 30 percent cheaper than the competition. The company is now…

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Worldwide commercial insurance rates rise 19 percent in Q2 2020

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic crisis and other sizeable losses played a role, says Marsh research. Worldwide average commercial insurance rates rose by 19 percent during this year’s second quarter, says the Global Insurance Market Index issued by Marsh. The broker and risk adviser recorded the largest premiums hike since the index began in 2012. The commercial insurance rates increase follows other substantial year over year average increases. In Q1 2020, there was a 14 percent rise, and in Q4 2019, there was an 11 percent rise. As was the case…

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Massachusetts insurance enrollment remains strong as unemployment spikes

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The state has the country’s worst unemployment rate, but residents are keeping up their coverage. Massachusetts insurance enrollment has remained strong despite the state’s unemployment rate, which is currently the worst in the United States. New data has revealed that despite losing their jobs, consumers have kept their health plans. The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) revealed new data last week which showed that overall Massachusetts insurance enrollment stayed essentially stable through May. At that time, there were more than 6.4 million residents of the state covered by…

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