Open source insurance policy becomes Lemonade’s new way to stand out

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This unique new form of coverage allows anyone to be able to edit the wording and design. AI-powered insurer, Lemonade, has launched a new open source insurance policy. This represents a first in the world. Lemonade is known for its innovative strategies and is often associated with world’s firsts. The policy is meant to be open to the “wisdom of the crowd” in its writing and creation. The insurance company has launched what it calls Policy 2.0, according to a Lemonade press release. The idea behind this new open source…

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Hawaii lava damage will be covered, says Insurance Commissioner

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Destroyed homes will be covered by standard homeowners policies, according to Gordon Ito. The Hawaii lava damage caused by Kilauea’s eruption will be covered by homeowners insurance policies, said Hawaiian Insurance Commissioner, Gordon Ito. Ito made it clear that homes damaged or destroyed by the lava flow into a Big Island neighborhood will be covered. This should come as a relief to homeowners previously uncertain as to their coverage, as reported by Live Insurance News. Ito has been Hawaii’s insurance commissioner since 2010 and is NAIC Western Zone chair. Ito…

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This weekend, review your homeowners insurance for Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Saturday and Sunday are wrapping up the awareness week to remind us to be ready for weather. Hurricane Preparedness Week is coming to a close, but it’s time to take what we’ve learned and put it into action. The only way this awareness week will have been a success is if you make the right changes to keep yourself safe. This week includes a number of things to prepare for an emergency, such as reviewing your policies. The insurance industry likes to take the opportunity of Hurricane Preparedness Week to…

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Hawaii volcano insurance coverage becomes serious concern

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Residents of the side of the Big Island closest to Kilauea have been forced to evacuate. Hawaii volcano insurance has become a central topic in the state following earthquakes and Kilauea’s eruption. Several more quakes have been followed by new fissures opening. As residents have complied with a mandatory evacuation, the next worry is the damage. Dozens of structures have already been destroyed by the lava spraying across the Hawaiian neighborhoods, according to a CNN report. The report revealed that not all homeowners insurance policies in the affected area necessarily…

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Wildfire insurance problems persist 2 years after Canadian Fort McMurray Disaster

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After flames ripped their way through entire neighborhoods of the Alberta town, rebuilding is been slow. Two years after the devastating Fort McMurray fire in Canada, wildfire insurance problems continue to plague homeowners. In fact, only 20 percent of the destroyed homes are rebuilt. The northern Alberta saw 2,579 homes completely destroyed by the wildfire that struck in 2016. The destruction produced the highest wildfire costs in Canada until that time, as Live Insurance News reported. Donations to support those whose homes were ravaged poured in from across the country…

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American dog bite insurance claims rose to $686 million in 2017

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The country saw a 2.2 percent increase in the cost of these claims, said the Insurance Information Institute. The Insurance Information Institute has released its latest U.S. dog bite insurance claims data. The report showed a 2.2 percent increase in the total cost of claims nationwide last year. Claims values themselves increased by a considerable amount in 2017 when compared to 2016. Dog bite insurance claims values rose to over $686 million in 2017. This paid for the year’s 18,552 claims. The average cost per single dog bite claim rose…

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FEMA moves forward with its own flood insurance changes

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to take NFIP tweaks into its own hands. The Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed its intentions to make a number of flood insurance changes. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is facing massive and rising debt levels. There are many flaws in the program causing it to become unnecessarily expensive. Therefore, FEMA decided to help make changes to bring significant funding back to NFIP. The idea behind the latest flood insurance changes is to draw more private funds into the government-led coverage market.…

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Florida flood insurance rates are on the rise in April

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This month, homeowners will start to pay more for their coverage against water damage. Homeowners are being advised that Florida flood insurance is getting more expensive this month. In fact, the majority of residents will find themselves paying significantly more. Flood insurance premiums will be on the rise regardless of whether or not a claim has ever been made. The upward trend of Florida flood insurance rates has been worrying for the state. That said, the insurance industry is hoping to assuage consumer fears. There are still many ways that…

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State Farm homeowners insurance not required to cut rates, says judge

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The California Department of Insurance has been fighting a legal battle with the insurer over premiums. The California insurance commissioner was wrong in saying that State farm homeowners insurance rates had to lower. A judge ruled that the insurer was not required to charge its home and renter policyholders less. The decision stepped around a current unresolved question regarding Proposition 103 and its reach. Proposition 103’s author was among those who criticized the decision regarding State Farm homeowners insurance rates. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accused State Farm of profiting…

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Flood insurance extension to be approved through new spending package

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The good news, however, may only extend until July when a new deadline may approach once more. A new flood insurance extension will take the pressure off the program for another four months. The $1.3 trillion federal spending deal will give the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) another reprieve. This is the fourth temporary extension the NFIP has experienced since September 2017. Washington lawmakers have now given themselves until July to either create another flood insurance extension or overhaul the NFIP. The alternative would be to allow the country’s flood…

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