California cannabis insurance claim payout reaches $1 million

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A company in the state received a historic payment following crop damages from wildfires. A cannabis insurance payout has recently broken prior records in California. The Thomas Fire burned through a legal marijuana business at the close of last year (and the start of this one). The payout for the insurance claim was $1 million – higher than any previous payout in this category. This wildfire insurance payout is an indicator of the speed of growth of the legal marijuana industry. A Southern Californian cultivator of marijuana was covered by…

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Humana and UnitedHealth launch insurance company blockchain pilot

Insurance company blockchain Pilot Launched by Humana and UntiedHealth

The massive American insurers have announced their test to improve healthcare data quality. Two of the largest insurers in the United States have come together to launch an insurance company blockchain pilot. The purpose is to be able to improve the quality of healthcare data. This technology could provide a considerable opportunity for data analytics for health insurers. Humana and UnitedHealth Group are traditionally competitors in the health insurance industry. However, they are working together in this insurance company blockchain pilot program. They are partnered with Quest Diagnostics and MultiPlan…

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Insurance company technology not yet ready for IoT data use, study

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions released a report on some of its latest research showing the insurer struggle with new tech. A new LexisNexis Risk Solutions insurance company technology study shoes that insurers aren’t sure what to do with the IoT. The report revealed that insurance companies know the Internet of Things is important. However, they don’t know how to use it for data collection and other purposes. Even though it seems as though the IoT could be the insurance industry’s best tool, it still baffles. IoT could potentially become highly effective…

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Climate change will be challenging for insurance companies, says Moody’s

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A new report revealed the impact of warming climates worldwide on the insurance industry. The impact of climate change on the economy will have an increased liability risk for insurance companies. Catastrophes related to extreme weather are becoming more severe and frequent, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report. The report pointed to the rising instance of weather disasters like Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Moody’s Investors Service recently released a report. It investigated the economic aftermath of climate change. Insurance companies will face an increased liability risk from more frequent…

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Uninsured driver rate rises across the United States

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The number of motorists without auto insurance is increasing, particularly in five states. Almost one in every eight Americans on the road are a part of the current uninsured driver rate, said a new study. This trend is placing insured drivers at an increased financial risk in the case of a collision, said the research. The research was based on the latest information available regarding auto insurance coverage. The Hanover Insurance Group co-sponsored the research. The Insurance Research Council (IRC) directed the study. Thirteen percent of all American motorists were…

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Canadian car insurance company discovers “pervasive” scams in Toronto auto shops

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An insurer north of the border has investigated a string of fraud cases regarding deliberately damaged cars. A Canadian car insurance company recently held an investigation into auto body shops within the country’s largest city. Aviva Canada determined that a tremendous number of auto repair businesses are involved in scamming the insurer. The insurer determined that auto body shop workers were billing for unnecessary work or work not done. The Aviva car insurance company determined that half of the total expenses it received for crashed vehicle repairs were fraudulent. The…

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Women hold only one in five top insurance industry jobs

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A recent UK study showed that despite an overall industry gender balance, top jobs belong mainly to men. Of every five top insurance industry jobs four are filled by men and only one is filled by a woman. This, according to a recent study in the United Kingdom. This reveals a gender imbalance within this industry that was not entirely obvious to spot. The reason is that when looking at the employment data across the entire insurance industry, women and men fill nearly the same total number of jobs. However,…

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Insurance industry hiring evens out, though some positions remain unfilled

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A new study showed that insurer job availability will continue to be substantial and steady for the next year. Insurance industry hiring is stabilizing as over half of all insurers intend to boost the size of their staff over the next year. The Jacobson Group and Ward Group released their Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study results. Fifty eight percent of insurance companies will be hiring more people in 2018, said the study. The insurance industry hiring trend is greatly supported by a predicted boost in business as well as…

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Insurance denial case involving gay men in New York to be investigated by state

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State financial regulators will be looking into reports of discrimination against homosexual men. New York financial regulators are looking into recent reports of insurance denial involving gay men. The story originated in the New York Times and stated that gay men were being denied long-term care, disability and life insurance because of a preventative medication they were taking. The men were taking a medication to help boost their protection against H.I.V. when they applied for coverage. If the insurance denial allegations are true, it may mean that the insurers’ practices…

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High-tech car features push increasing auto insurance premiums

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The more fancy gadgets become commonplace in cars, the more expensive it becomes to repair them. Technology designed to make cars safer and more convenient may reduce accident frequency but may also be increasing auto insurance premiums. The gadgets make it easier to navigate the roads but when damaged, they are more costly to replace. Tech enhancements include everything from touch screen control panels, backup cameras, blind spot monitoring and additional help to keep us aware of what’s going on around us. However, those gadgets aren’t cheap. When they do…

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