Japan’s insurance industry takes steps to stop genetic discrimination

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The Japanese industry is preparing guidelines to make sure insurers can’t collect customer DNA. The insurance industry in Japan is getting ready to create guidelines that would stop genetic discrimination by insurers in the country. They are seeking to ban health and life insurance companies from the collection or use of genetic information for purposes related to coverage eligibility or premiums calculations. Associations across the industry say they haven’t started using genetic info but the goal is to stop it. According to the Life Insurance Association of Japan, its members…

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General insurance companies receive warning from UK financial watchdog

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The Financial Conduct Authority has accused insurers of failing to focus on value for customers. Britain’s financial watchdog has accused general insurance companies of failing to consider customers’ value for money within their products and services. Insurance CEOs have been warned that the watchdog is prepared to take action against their firms as well as against the senior management of those insurers. According to the F.C.A., insurance companies are failing to provide policyholders with value. The Financial Conduct Authority (F.C.A.) issued a letter to the CEOs of several general insurance…

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Woman saws off her hand in what may be shocking insurance policy fraud

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The woman was found to have purchased five different policies ahead of the incident. A woman who cut off her hand with a circular saw in January is now being accused of insurance policy fraud. Though it initially appeared to be a terrible accident, the Slovenian woman may actually have attempted to defraud several insurers.defau Police and prosecutors are attempting to determine if the event was a bad accident or flawed crime. The 21-year old woman was accused of insurance policy fraud in Slovenia when it was found that she…

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Boeing 737 Max bans underscore importance of travel insurance policies

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Travelers around the world are experiencing cancellations and delays due to airspace bans for the jets. Countries around the world, including the United States, European Union’s 32 nations, Canada and others worldwide have implemented Boeing 737 Max bans. These apply both to flight suspensions and movements in and out of airspaces. Travelers insurance is proving helpful for many travelers experiencing associated delays and cancellations. Travelers affected by the Boeing 737 Max bans aren’t just those flying in and out of the countries that have suspended the Max 8 and Max…

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Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group braces for Brexit with new Dublin unit

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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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European insurance watchdog seeks to protect policyholders from no-deal Brexit

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E.U. policyholders wonder if their protection will continue when they’re covered by a U.K. insurer. Policyholders in the European Union feel uncertain as to whether their coverage through British insurance companies will continue uninterrupted in the case of a no-deal Brexit. The E.I.O.P.A. assures E.U. consumers that their policies will remain valid even with a hard Brexit. With only just over a month before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, consumers are taking a closer look at what a no-deal Brexit will mean to them. As a result, some…

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Harvard twin study reveals impact of environment and genetics on insurance rates

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Researchers examined the impact of the environment and genes across 560 common conditions. The results of a new Harvard Medical School (HMS) twin study examined the way different factors affect insurance rates. The research was conducted in conjunction with the University of Queensland in Australia. The method used in order to examine the factors involved in calculating insurance premiums was novel. The researchers used twin data sets provided by Aetna insurance company. That insurer did not provide funding for this study. Instead, the insurance rates research was supported by grants…

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