New study reveals 2019 cheapest cars to insure…and the most expensive

Cheapest Cars to Insure - Honda Odyssey Minivan

Consumers looking for the vehicle that will generate the lowest premiums are paying attention. Regardless of your driving record, your risk profile and where you live, the difference between the cheapest cars to insure and the costliest can be staggering. The wrong vehicle choice can skyrocket the amount a driver pays every month in premiums. There are many factors that determine the cheapest cars to insure. While it’s easy to assume that the least expensive vehicles will also be the least expensive to cover, that’s not always the case. Indeed,…

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Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group braces for Brexit with new Dublin unit

Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group - Brexit - UK and EU flags

The insurer has received approval for the new unit to service clients in Ireland and across the E.U. Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group Inc. announced that it has received the Central Bank of Ireland’s approval to establish a Dublin unit. The goal is to be prepared for any form of Brexit, to be able to service clients in Ireland as well as throughout the European Union. The new Berkshire Hathaway European Insurance will act separately while remaining fully owned. According to the Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group, the new unit will be…

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Climate change impact greater than insurance industry’s capacity to offset financial risk

Climate change impact - World in water

The affects of a warming planet will prove to be too expensive for coverage alone to keep up, say analysts. The financial risks associated with the climate change impact may become greater than what the insurance industry can cover, according to a new report. Analysts say that the financial risks are growing, from investing into coal-powered plants to the climbing premiums for flood insurance, the expenses are already rising and will continue to do so. That said, the difference that firms can make to control both the risks and the…

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Health insurance members gain exclusive access to the Fitbit Inspire

Health Insurance members - Fitness Tracker

The popular fitness tracker maker has launched a new device that you won’t find in stores. Fitbit has unveiled a brand new model of fitness tracker available only to health insurance members and employees. The Fitbit Inspire was developed for this exclusive use and won’t be sold in stores or on its own website. The launch was a quiet one this month, representing its first release that won’t be available to consumers. The Fitness Inspire was developed specifically for use by health insurance members and corporate employees. The concept behind…

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Massachusetts Governor Baker signs Anti-gender discrimination bill

Anti-Gender discrimination law - male & female

House Bill 842 prevents insurance companies from using gender to charge higher premiums. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a new anti-gender discrimination bill. House Bill 842 makes it illegal for insurance companies to increase premiums based on whether an applicant is a man or woman. Traditionally, women pay more for the same disability insurance protection in Massachusetts. Governor Baker was joined by several other legislature members. This included HB 842’s main sponsor, State Representative Ruth Balser as well as house speaker Robert DeLeo. For more than a decade, Balser has…

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Insurance customer trends show one in three Americans don’t shop again for policies

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A new survey showed that policyholders in the U.S. don’t re-shop to find better coverage or rates. One out of every three Americans have never re-shopped for a policy, say the results of a new insurance customer trends survey. The research found that almost half of all policyholders who have looked around for a better deal has not done so within the last year. The research was conducted on homeowners insurance and auto insurance customers. American consumers are risking overpaying for their coverage, say the results of a new Policygenius…

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Government shutdown stops worker pay but not heath care coverage

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As this record breaking ongoing shutdown continues, federal employees continue their health insurance. The government shutdown continues to stop 800,000 federal employees and others from receiving their paychecks. That said, as they go unpaid, many have questions about their employee health insurance and other health benefits. Workers are worrying about their health, vision, dental and long-term care coverage. For those who wonder about their insurance benefits, most will continue even while workers go unpaid. Federal employees, for the most part, don’t need to worry that the government shutdown will affect…

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