Fossil fuel underwriting disclosure petition rejected by commissioner on Earth Day

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has turned down the recent move by activists. Activists may have thought that they had Earth Day on their side when California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara considered the fossil fuel underwriting disclosure petition. However, Lara rejected the petition urging him to implement the new regulations over insurance companies. Commissioner Lara underscored climate change as a top priority as a part of his election platform. The petition would have required insurance companies into fossil fuel underwriting disclosure. That is, they would need to disclose the fossil…

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Trump steps back from Obamacare overhaul until after the 2020 election

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The president backed away from his previous insistence for a vote on an Affordable Care Act replacement. Last week, President Donald Trump withdrew from his prior push for an Obamacare overhaul vote. He had been seeking a vote toward a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Trump changed directions, deciding to hold off his efforts against the ACA until after the 2020 elections. Trump’s move away from the Obamacare overhaul vote was a recognition of the current political situation. It has become clear that health care replacement legislation would not…

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Michigan auto insurance is unaffordable to 97 percent of ZIP codes, says UM study

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Nearly every ZIP code has car insurance premiums greater than 2 percent of household income. Michigan auto insurance rates are too high to be considered affordable to people living in 97 percent of the ZIP codes across the state, says a new University of Michigan study. The research was conducted by Poverty Solutions, the university’s campus-wide think tank. The study determined that the cost of auto insurance represented too much of a household’s income. What the researchers found was that in 97 percent of the ZIP codes across the state,…

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Disability insurance fraud detection may soon include your social media posts

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Federal disability payment recipients may want to watch what they share on Facebook and Twitter. Disability insurance fraud detection efforts may soon include the right to view what payment recipients are posting on social media. Efforts by the Trump administration have been silently underway to make this access legally possible. The Trump administration’s efforts would allow the access and use of social media posts to aid in their efforts to detect disability insurance fraud. This would mean that people collecting Social Security disability benefits may have their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…

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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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Detroit Mayor Duggan’s auto insurance lawsuit moving to federal court

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Mike Duggan’s fight against high premiums has taken its next step upward in the legal system. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s auto insurance lawsuit is still continuing as the fight has now moved to a federal court. The suit has to do with the exceptionally high car insurance rates in Michigan. Drivers in Michigan pay some of the highest car insurance premiums in the entire country. Motorists have been hoping that Duggan’s auto insurance lawsuit would provide them with some relief. The suit was initially filed last year with even state…

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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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