Independent agents in Florida decry new contract between property insurers

Florida’s independent insurance agents have voiced their concern regarding one of Florida’s largest property insurers taking over thousands of policies from a now defunct competitor. Agents are worried that the move may cost them dearly in the form of client exodus. Homeowners Choice Insurance, a subsidiary of Homeowners Choice Property and Casualty Insurance, has taken on more than 70,000 policies from HomeWise Insurance. While agents have witnessed such happenings in the past, there is a provision in the contract between HomeWise and Homeowners Choice that could put agents’ livelihoods in…

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Insurance industry sheds jobs in some sectors while adding to others, according to III report

The Insurance Information Institute (III) has released a new report drawing upon data from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report touches upon the volatility seen in the property/casualty insurance business in October of this year. According to the report, the property/casualty sector performed poorly in terms of employment while other sectors saw promising growth. Overall, the report highlights the turbulent year the insurance industry has faced as a whole and suggests that the trend can continue throughout next year depending on the economic climate. The III notes that 900…

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Health and accident insurance in India to skyrocket by 22 percent by 2015

According to a report just released by BRICdata, the health and accident insurance market in India is expected to keep up its trend toward massive growth, and will see an increase of 22 percent over a span of 5 years. The anticipated rise, along with the lower need for capital will form an appealing marketplace for new firms to start to take their place. The report also explained that the environment may also be quite attractive for new startups, as well. Though the market is currently dominated by insurance providers…

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MIT report highlights the importance of cyber insurance for the U.S. energy grid

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released a new report that highlights the U.S.’s need for a cybersecurity shield. MIT claims that the need for protection is most apparent with the country’s energy grid, which is susceptible to attack as it is governed by a myriad of federal agencies. The report notes that there is no single insurance policy that can accommodate the massive risk inherent with such a large energy infrastructure, but the government should take steps to procure multiple policies that augment one another to ensure safety. MIT’s…

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Federal government releases Medicare information to insurance, consumer and employer groups

The federal government has made an ambitious change to its Medicare health care program this week. Now, Medicare information will be at the disposal of employers, insurance companies and consumer advocacy groups. This information will allow these groups to issue reports on local health care professionals and hospitals. In this way, groups can rate health care providers based upon their performance within the Medicare system. Patient information will remain confidential. The decision was made based upon the variances in performance amongst doctors nationwide. Without an adequate method of rating these…

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Current Chinese insurance and reinsurance marketplace influx

There have been many changes to the Chinese insurance marketplace over the last few months, with the introduction of foreign insurers as well as the recent increases in the premiums for property and casualty insurance. Aon Benfield has just announced that those premiums had risen to $6.5 billion in 2011, which was a 67 percent increase over those in 2005. Furthermore, it has been forecasted that this growth will continue to rise as the China Insurance Regulatory Commission places its focus on premium increases and policies that will form a…

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Federal report shows that most insurers can meet the medical loss ratio requirement

The medical loss ratio provision of the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to spend at least 80% of the money they collect from premiums on improving medical care, is a source of constant controversy throughout the country. Insurers have claimed that the rule cripples their ability to remain financial solvent in the current economic climate. The Government Accountability Office has released a new report countering the claims from the insurance industry. The report shows that most all insurance companies in the U.S., both large and small, are able to…

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Android App for AAA Insurance launched

AAA Insurance is now providing a free mobile app to Android-based smartphone users to provide them with a greater ability to obtain assistance from the scene of an accident. This is only one of several free mobile applications being offered by AAA Insurance. A similar app for users of iPhones and iPads was already launched in May 2011, but the hope is that by expanding its availability to Android device users, as well, more motorists will benefit from assistance at the scene of a crash. The app provides drivers with…

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Increase expected for commercial insurance rates

Though consumers have been seeing steady increases in rates for casualty, property, home, and auto insurance, companies have not seen any notable raises in their own insurance costs. Yet. The sensitivity of businesses to increases for insurance rates runs much deeper, and some new competition has brought some of the business for commercial insurance to Canada. Those two factors have allowed the price of those plans and policies to remain relatively steady over the last few years. However, according to RSA Canada’s chief executive, Rowan Saunders, this trend will not…

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Massachusetts insurers banned from using credit score to price auto insurance, according to new law

A new law has passed in Massachusetts that will ban insurers from pricing auto insurance based upon socioeconomic factors. Governor Deval Patrick signed the associated bill into law this week and believes that it will afford consumers with more protections against insurers constantly on the lookout for extra money. The ban was already enacted in the state some months ago but existed only as an administrative regulation. The bill’s passage comes after months of legislative struggle and conflict between consumer advocacy groups and insurance companies. Insurers opposing the measure claim…

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