Insurance industry diversity challenges addressed at WSIA 2020 Virtual Annual Marketplace

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Leaders from government agencies and insurers alike acknowledged the current problem. Insurance industry diversity challenges were recently addressed at the WSIA 2020 Virtual Annual marketplace. The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) holds the event annually. The event coincided with the WSIA’s announcement of its formation of the Insurance Industry Diversity Foundation (IIDF). The goal of the IIDF is “to promote and attract diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation and disability and to influence meaningful progress in the diversity of the insurance industry and its talent pipeline.” The panel discussion…

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New Hampshire workers compensation insurance proposal approved

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The state Insurance Department has given the nod to a reduce voluntary loss costs proposal. The New Hampshire workers compensation market will keep up its historically low rates right into 2021, according to a new decision made by the NH Insurance Department. The department issued a press release explaining its approval of a new proposal for the market. The NH Insurance Department gave its approval to a rate proposal filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). This will reduce New Hampshire workers compensation voluntary loss costs by an…

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NY Gov Cuomo announces insurance fraud action against opioid manufacturers

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The state department of financial services filed the charges against internationals Allergan and Teva. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has filed insurance fraud action against international opioid manufacturers Teva and Allergan. The DFS’ filing claims that the firms engaged in dubious marketing strategies for their drugs. The insurance fraud action alleges that Teva and Allergan had engaged in fraudulent marketing and promotional campaigns. Those campaigns, said the filing, misrepresented the effectiveness and safety of opioid drugs in order to broaden the opioid…

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Delaware Governor Carney signs storm damage fund executive order

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Gov John Carney’s signature created the Delaware Resilience Fund Program. Governor John Carney signed an executive order at the end of last week, which effectively created a storm damage fund to help residents to recover from the recent destructive weather. The new program is meat to help residents to overcome the costs associated with recovery. The governor’s storm damage fund is meant to help people in Delaware who are struggling to cover the cost of recovery after having faced damage from the severe storms that happened earlier in August. The…

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Wildfire prone property insurance bill in California due for hearing

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The bill is expected to be heard in upcoming weeks as opposing sites prepare for major battle. A new California bill, the outcomes of which will have a lot to say about coverage for wildfire prone property in the state, will soon be headed for hearing. The hearing is expected to be a heated one as strong opposing opinions have the opportunity to be voiced. Opponents of this bill are calling it a direct attack on consumer protections in insurance. That said, proponents of the bill claim it is the…

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Adequate unemployment insurance extension increases odds of finding “better jobs”

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A new study found that given more time, people are more likely to find employment suited to qualifications. Unemployed workers are more likely to find “better” jobs to suit their qualifications with an unemployment insurance extension, say new study results. This research indicates the opposite effect suggested in arguments made by Republican leaders. The Congressional debates over the next coronavirus stimulus package include the type of unemployment insurance extension that will be employed. Republican leaders have been cautioning against the added $600 per week in federal benefits for those who…

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NAIC to address US insurance industry racism and discrimination

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A special committee has been formed in order to specifically focus on Race and Insurance. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has announced that it has created a special committee to address insurance industry racism and discrimination. NAIC is seeking to improve the way its systems and coverage reflect and protect society. “Our regulatory system and insurance in general is a reflection of the society it aims to protect, and while state insurance regulators have worked to eliminate overt discrimination and racism, we all have been increasingly aware that…

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