Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program to receive $135 Million

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The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is sending funds to the state to keep the program alive. The Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program was rapidly running out of funds as federal Congress has yet to renew CHIP’s funding. That said, the Texas Health and Services Commission wrote to Governor Greg Abbott to inform him that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be providing the state with $135 million to sustain the program until the end of February. In Texas, CHIP provides over 450,000 uninsured kids…

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Northern California wildfires break $9 billion in insurance claims

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The fires that torched their way through the state’s wine country in October have broken fire records. The Northern California wildfires from October have already generated an incredible $9 billion in insurance claims. This has easily left the previous wildfire insurance claim records well behind. The October blaze is now the most expensive single fire in the history of the United States. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones does not think that total will rise much further for those Northern California wildfires. The $9 billion figure represents the total insurance claims…

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Wells Fargo insurance license may be suspended or revoked in California

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The state Department of Insurance is seeking the action following alleged improper sales practices. The California Department of Insurance has revealed that it is planning to either suspend or revoke the Wells Fargo insurance license in the state. It is pursuing this intention as a result of the company’s online insurance referral program and its allegedly improper sales practices. The department conducted an investigation that revealed around 1,500 improper insurance sales. In those cases, the online Wells Fargo insurance company was allegedly found to have sold about 1,500 policies and…

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California wildfire loss totals grow among insurance companies

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Nationwide has already revealed that it expects to face a loss greater than $1.3 billion from the state’s fires. Nationwide Insurance has announced that it predicts its California wildfire loss will be more than $1.3 billion. Blazes ripped through the state in October and another sparked near Los Angeles, forcing evacuations in Ventura County as the fires reach the Pacific Ocean. The Tubbs wildfire alone generated a loss of what is expected to be about $1.2 billion, with other fires adding. That California wildfire loss only grew with the Atlas…

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Wells Fargo personal insurance business to shut down in Q1 2018

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The firm announced its intention to exit this sector and will start phasing out marketing immediately. Wells Fargo & Co announced it will be leaving the personal insurance business and will start reducing its marketing in that area. The exit from that market should be complete at some point during the first quarter of next year. Until it has fully exited the personal insurance space, it will continue selling and supporting those products. The company has stated that it intends to keep making personal insurance products available until it completely…

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Homeowners insurance companies caught overcharging 13 million policyholders

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A new U.K. study has revealed that existing customers often pay considerably more than new ones. New Citizens Advice research demonstrates that up to 13 million U.K. customers are being overcharged by their homeowners insurance companies. Loyal customers and senior citizens are particularly victim to this trend. A very high percentage of homeowners over the age of 65 years have been paying more than new customers. The study revealed that 40 percent of home insurance policyholders over the age of 65 years and who have had their policy for over…

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Black Friday insurance coverage takes many forms this year

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While consumers shuffle their way through crowded stores and pick up extra purchases online, coverage is key. Among the preparations shoppers are making to ensure they get the best deal, adequate Black Friday insurance coverage is also vital. Before heading out to pick up the top tech gifts of 2017 there are several forms of insurance coverage that may be needed. The odds are that most consumers have policies in place, but the key is in reviewing and updating them. After all, when shoppers are out in crowded parking lots…

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House Republicans pass flood insurance bill to overhaul NFIP

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Bipartisan opposition was overcome and the bill was passed to continue helping policyholders at risk of flooding. A controversial flood insurance bill has been passed in the House as Republicans overcame bipartisan opposition. This legislation will both reauthorize and overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program is currently facing considerable strain following a highly active hurricane season. NFIP was forced to pay billions of dollars to policyholders this year after several hurricanes made landfall in the United States. The House passed the flood insurance bill in a vote…

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California wildfire victims worried that they can’t afford to go home

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As the holidays approach, evacuees whose homes were burned are left with little more than uncertainty. Santa Rosa, California wildfire victims are facing a very uncertain future in the aftermath of the blaze. Evacuees whose homes are gone may not be able to afford to return to the same place they used to live. Rents have skyrocketed, with reports of apartments as expensive as $13,000 per month in Santa Rosa. Now, renters and homeowners alike are finding themselves to be common California wildfire victims who don’t know where they will…

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SmarterSafer coalition calls for U.S. flood insurance reform, facing December deadline

National Flood Insurance Reform

Recent efforts to overhaul NFIP has reached a struggling point, but one business group wants to push ahead. The latest shot at American flood insurance reform has come across a serious obstacle in its attempts to move ahead. However, a business and environmental groups coalition has strengthened its call for an overhaul to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They’re pushing for lawmakers to make much needed changes to the program before its December expiry. The flood insurance reforms need to be made before December 8, 2017 if they are…

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