Oil insurance rates “increased 10-fold” since Strait of Hormuz tanker attacks

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The attacks on oil tankers and U.S. spy drones since may have been driving the risk – and cost- skyward. Oil insurance rates to cover tankers transporting crude around the world have been rising sharply over the last couple of months. A US listed shipping company’s CEO pointed out that the recent attacks have spiked premiums. Since May, a U.S. spy drone and six oil tankers have been attacked near or within the Strait of Hormuz. That waterway is a strategic transport route that connects Iran, Oman and the United…

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Michigan motorcycle insurance reform leaves riders concerned over new vulnerabilities

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A new state law designed to get auto insurance rates under control could risk biker coverage. Motorcyclists are feeling nervous about potential upcoming changes to Michigan motorcycle insurance coverage. The state has been making some serious moves to reduce its auto insurance rates after having been the most expensive in the country for many years. The new law will allow motorists to purchase limited personal injury protection benefits. The new state auto insurance law was signed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer after having been pushed by the Republican-led state legislature.…

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Trump to issue health care price transparency executive order today

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The president is expected to require insurers and doctors to disclose care costs. Later today, President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order for health care price transparency. The purpose is to require doctors and insurance companies to disclose their health care prices. Industry groups have been vocally opposed to the president’s intention to sign the executive order. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump intends to issue the order for health care price transparency regardless of industry resistance. The order will specifically direct federal agencies to launch guidance…

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Citizens Insurance is still battling thousands of Hurricane Irma lawsuits

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The Florida insurer of last resort is still grappling with legal challenges from two years ago. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers recently approved a Citizens Insurance overhaul plan. The overhaul redesigned the controversial “assignment of benefits” practice. It also added new restrictions regarding lawsuits that can be filed against insurance companies. The state-backed insurance company will still need to deal with its thousands of existing lawsuits. Citizens Insurance is still attempting to work its way through thousands of existing lawsuits. These were filed well before the overhaul was…

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Michigan auto insurance law does not guarantee drivers savings, says official

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Motorists have been hopeful that the much-needed changes would make a difference, but it’s not assured. Drivers have been waiting for a new Michigan auto insurance law to help control high and rising premiums in the state. However, according to one official, motorists should not consider the savings to be guaranteed. The personal injury protection (PIP) system has made Michigan rates the highest in the country. The new Michigan auto insurance law does not provide any new assurances that the extra costs from additional required liability coverage would be offset…

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Pennsylvania takes steps to take control over its online health insurance exchange

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The state is making moves to form its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. Pennsylvania is taking initial steps to take over control of its own health insurance exchange. From 2014 until now, it has been participating in the federal marketplace. Pennsylvania is hoping to reduce the cost of health insurance by launching its own ACA exchange. The goal of the move to Pennsylvania’s own health insurance exchange is to reduce the cost of coverage to consumers. The idea is to make a state-based Affordable Care Act…

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National Flood Insurance Program Gets Brief Renewal from Congress

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The House of Representatives gained a two week extension for the federal flood insurance. Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by two weeks after it failed to pass a $19 billion disaster aid bill. The House of Representatives was seeking unanimous consent for the bill which contained a flood insurance reauthorization provision. NFIP had been set to expire as of Friday, but the two week extension was granted in time. With less than six hours left before the National Flood Insurance Program, the fast-track unanimous consent vote approved…

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