Georgia purchase largest US cyber insurance policy

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The state is adding to its protection against hackers following a massive March ransomware attack. Georgia has added a new layer of protection against hackers by purchasing the largest cyber insurance policy in the United States. The coverage is a component of the state’s new strategy against cyberattacks. Last March it fell victim to a ransomware attack. The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website was taken down unless the state would pay. Hackers demanded $50,000 in the ransomware attack. Despite the hackers’ demands, the state would not pay the ransom. Instead,…

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Hawaii lava damage will be covered, says Insurance Commissioner

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Destroyed homes will be covered by standard homeowners policies, according to Gordon Ito. The Hawaii lava damage caused by Kilauea’s eruption will be covered by homeowners insurance policies, said Hawaiian Insurance Commissioner, Gordon Ito. Ito made it clear that homes damaged or destroyed by the lava flow into a Big Island neighborhood will be covered. This should come as a relief to homeowners previously uncertain as to their coverage, as reported by Live Insurance News. Ito has been Hawaii’s insurance commissioner since 2010 and is NAIC Western Zone chair. Ito…

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This weekend, review your homeowners insurance for Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Saturday and Sunday are wrapping up the awareness week to remind us to be ready for weather. Hurricane Preparedness Week is coming to a close, but it’s time to take what we’ve learned and put it into action. The only way this awareness week will have been a success is if you make the right changes to keep yourself safe. This week includes a number of things to prepare for an emergency, such as reviewing your policies. The insurance industry likes to take the opportunity of Hurricane Preparedness Week to…

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California wildfire insurance stirs up heat between industry and state lawmakers

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The state Senate Insurance Committee is taking on the insurance industry regarding this coverage. California wildfire insurance was a hot topic, so to speak, between insurers and the State Insurance Committee. The committee is chaired by Senator Steve Glazer (D), widely considered to be the most moderate senator in the upper house. The Senate Insurance Committee voted on to bills that will dictate the future of wildfire coverage. The vote took place on Friday for the two bills. These bills were designed to make significant changes to the way California…

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Unfair insurance practices earn Wells Fargo a $1 billion fine

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The banking giant’s latest penalties are for having sold unnecessary auto insurance to customers. Wells Fargo has been slapped with a $1 billion fine for its unfair insurance practices. Thousands of the bank’s vehicle loan customers were sold additional unnecessary auto insurance policies. Those car owners ended up paying much more for their vehicles than was necessary. Among those Wells Fargo customers, thousands ended up having their vehicles repossessed as a result of the unfair insurance practices. The fine was laid down by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well…

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AIG underscores travel insurance shortfalls in current ecosystem

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The changing nature of the travel industry as a whole has caused coverage to fall short of what it should be. AIG recently released a report on the current travel insurance shortfalls as travelers leave their agents behind. The report was titled “Insuring Travellers in the Digital Age.” The current travel comparison trend is boosting convenience but is leaving travelers under-insured. The AIG report pointed out that the average traveler will visit 28 websites throughout the 53 day period before they book their trips. The internet is offering them tools…

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FEMA moves forward with its own flood insurance changes

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to take NFIP tweaks into its own hands. The Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed its intentions to make a number of flood insurance changes. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is facing massive and rising debt levels. There are many flaws in the program causing it to become unnecessarily expensive. Therefore, FEMA decided to help make changes to bring significant funding back to NFIP. The idea behind the latest flood insurance changes is to draw more private funds into the government-led coverage market.…

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Active shooter insurance increasingly popular among schools

Active Shooter Insurance - Gun and Bullets

As the number of shootings in schools rises, interest in coverage is growing as well. Active shooter insurance has found itself in the spotlight as schools become increasingly interested in the coverage. For instance, since the February 14 Florida high school shooting, seven South Florida school districts have purchased these insurance policies. The active shooter coverage is a relatively recent product for many agencies. The primary market for active shooter insurance has traditionally been event halls, office buildings and other places where large numbers of people come together. This type…

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Nevada car insurance premiums will rise for 1 in 3 drivers

Nevada Car Insurance - Premiums to rise

About 600,000 motorists across the state will be watching their rates rise in the near future. Around one in every three state residents will be affected by the Nevada car insurance rate hikes coming soon. About 600,000 drivers will see a considerable 9 percent spike to their auto policy premiums this summer. The state will be raising the minimum amount of bodily injury and property damage coverage. As a result, Nevada car insurance rates will also be rising in order to reflect the higher coverage. This will become effective as…

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Expedia now offers AIG travel insurance in new partnership

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The insurer and the online travel booking site came to a deal to provide consumers with more options. American Insurance Group and Expedia have reached a deal that will sell AIG travel insurance on the popular website. On the insurance company’s side, the agreement was a part of a broader strategy. CEO Brian Duperreault is seeking to broaden the insurer’s each and grow its size. This new partnership with Expedia is actually the insurer’s second travel insurance deal five months. Two AIG travel insurance deals have been reached in under…

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