Californian earthquake insurance rates just skyrocketed for some residents

Californian earthquake insurance rates - earthquake damage

One report pointed to a policy premium hike as high as 150 percent. Californian earthquake insurance rates have risen for about 25 percent of policyholders with a certain specific policy in the state over the summer, according to an article published by NBC Bay Area. This policy was sold in areas recently affected by tremors, such as the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck Trona and Ridgecrest on July 5th. That said, the changes were made ahead of those quakes, meaning that if those earthquakes impact premiums it will not occur…

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Allstate insurance agents push back against insurer call center plans

Allstate insurance agents - Call Center

The insurer’s sales force views this move as an expensive burden despite promised benefits. Allstate insurance agents have been expressing their discontent with the insurer’s decision to create customer call centers. The agents say it is an expensive burden but the insurer calls it an improvement in efficiency. Tom Wilson, Allstate CEO, explained that the insurance company is currently shifting service tasks from its agents into a centralized system. This is “because we can do it cheaper, better, faster.” This level of discontent among Allstate insurance agents is a rare…

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NFL reaches concussion settlement with its insurance company

concussion settlement - NFL players - Football

Many of the league’s insurers have been battling the requirement to pay players with such injuries. The N.F.L. has reached a concussion settlement following a lengthy battle regarding payments to players who have been injured. Insurers have been resisting payments to concussed players because they say the league had not adequately disclosed the game’s dangers to its players. The battle over the concussion insurance payments has stretched out for seven years. The concussion settlement brings this fight to an end. Insurance companies had been refusing to pay their portion of…

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Home sharing participants need short term rental insurance coverage

Short Term Rental Insurance - Airbnb

Airbnb, VBRO and HomeAway members need special coverage for brief or seasonal rentals. Home sharing has become a popular way to earn extra income from a property, but all too many of those owners fail to obtain short term rental insurance. Regardless of whether a condo, seasonal property or home is rented in its entirety or just a portion, these guests are not typically covered by standard homeowners insurance. That said, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t any coverage at all for these helpful income sources. There are many home…

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Insured Hurricane Dorian damage could bring $25 billion in losses to the industry

Hurricane Dorian Damage - Damage from Hurricane

UBS research shows that insurers may face tens of billions in losses because of the intense storm. Hurricane Dorian damage may cost over $25 billion in claims payouts from insurance companies, according to international financial services firm U.B.S. Damage to the Bahamas, the US coast and Canada was widespread and substantial. The bank had initially predicted that there would be between $5 and $40 billion in damage caused by the storm. More recently, U.B.S. narrowed its forecast to $15 billion as more specific Hurricane Dorian damage data became available. Now,…

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Percentage of Americans Covered by Health Insurance Plans Fell in 2018

Americans Covered by Health Insurance Plans Percentage Decline

This represents the first time coverage levels have fallen since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. For the first time since 2009 – the year before the Affordable Care Act was implemented – the percentage of Americans with health insurance plans fell last year. Until 2018, the share of U.S. residents with health insurance had risen each year since 2010. The drop in the share of Americans covered by health insurance plans has occurred regardless of the strength of the economy. Therefore, it was speculated in a New York…

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Small Business Health Insurance Trends 2019

The majority of Americans rely on small business health insurance to get the coverage they need. Unfortunately, too many small businesses fail to offer the right coverage options. In fact, in a survey of firms with between 3 and 9 employees, only 44% of those small businesses offered any health benefits. That’s bad news considering that small businesses make up the majority of businesses in the United States. Luckily, things are looking up. Despite the complicated and confusing insurance landscape of today, new trends are taking over that make small…

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