Life insurance policies carried by San Bernardino shooter may be seized by US

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This week, federal prosecutors filed a suit to be able to take control of Syed Rizwan Farook’s payouts. The life insurance policies taken out by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters from the attacks in December 2015, may soon be seized by the U.S. government if federal prosecutors are successful in winning the lawsuit they have now filed. This would allow the government to seize the payouts from the two insurance policies carried by the shooter. The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles made the filing for…

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Millions of dollars in life insurance benefits owed to unknowing Californians

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There are thousands of people living in the state who are owed large amounts of unclaimed money. Officials in California have now said that thousands of people across the state are owed millions of dollars in life insurance benefits – sometimes in amounts that are greater than $100,000 – and that many of these individuals have no idea that this money is owed to them. The California Controller’s Office said that some insurance companies haven’t made any effort to find beneficiaries. According to the Controller’s Office, in many cases, there…

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Life insurance companies now selling to HIV patients in US and Canada

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John Hancock in the United States and Manulife in Canada have both announced the lifting of the exclusion. On Friday, HIV patients received some good news from life insurance companies in the United States and Canada, as John Hancock Insurance and Manulife have both stated that they will be removing their exclusion for these patients. This is the second insurer in the U.S. to make this announcement and the first ever in Canada. On Friday, John Hancock Insurance said that it will be offering its policies to people who are…

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Canadian insurance company leads the way in anti-discrimination for suicide patients

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Desjardins Group has become the first insurer in the country to drop a controversial policy clause. The Desjardins Group insurance company in Canada has now become the first insurer in the country to drop a clause from its benefits plans that would deny benefit payments to policyholders who have self-inflicted injuries or who have attempted suicide. The changes to the employee benefits plan have become effective immediately and will apply to at least one client. At the start of this change, the changes made by the insurance company are taking…

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Life and disability insurance companies penalize women with postpartum depression

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As mental illness gains more awareness and people seek diagnosis and treatment, drawbacks are appearing. This year kicked off with the recommendation from a government-appointed panel that all new moms and pregnant women receive depression screenings, and while this move toward mental health care improved, drawbacks are being experienced by life and disability insurance customers. The move to help women to obtain assistance for maternal mental illness is being applauded as a much-needed step. Public health advocates have been very pleased that pregnant women and new moms will be better…

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Will new U.K. insurance regulations limit industry competition?

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Insurers and consumers across the United Kingdom are wondering if new rules will spike prices. The U.K. government and industry regulators have now begun a new move to help to make changes to the insurance regulations that are currently in place through the Solvency II regime. The reason is that the government and insurance regulators are worried about a less competitive market. Recently, submissions were made to the European Commission, the Bank of England, and the Treasury in order to underscore the insurance regulations they are seeking to change. Within…

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Life insurance sales placed in suspension at Genworth Financial

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As the firm enters into restructuring plans, it has now ceased the sale of those policies until further notice. Genworth Financial Inc. has now announced the suspension of some of its life insurance product sales, after having posted a Q4 loss for 2015, which meant that it had continued to lose money throughout every quarter of that year. The company is now entering into restructuring plans in order to overcome its considerable financial challenges. As a result of this announcement and as the insurer begins the planning for its restructuring,…

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Suspicious insurance policy purchases may offer evidence in murder case

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A police chief accused of murdering his pregnant fiancée purchased massive amounts of coverage beforehand. In South Dakota, a former police chief has now been accused of the murder of his pregnant fiancée in what had previously appeared to be a hunting accident but that has since turned suspicious when it was discovered that more than one life insurance policy was purchased only a few months ahead of the death. Over $750,000 in life insurance coverage was taken out by the couple months before she died. The man in question,…

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Zurich Insurance company brings in new global life CEO

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Gary Shaughnessy has now been appointed as the chief executive officer as the insurer shuffles leadership again. The Zurich Insurance company has now announced that it has changed leadership in its Global Life business for the second time in a span of two years, now that it has appointed Gary Shaughnessy to the position. The new CEO had already been the head of the life insurance business for the U.K. with extensive experience. The 49 year old had also been the interim CEO of global life in Asia, Europe and…

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Prudential life insurance now available to consumers with HIV

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The insurer has now opened up its 10 year and 15 year individual convertible term life products to these patients. Prudential has now announced that it will offer life insurance products to people who have been diagnosed with HIV, becoming the first major provider who is covering people who have received this diagnosis. The insurance policies are offered as a reflection of the longer, healthier lives HIV patients are living. The life insurance policies that are being offered to Prudential’s HIV positive customers include 10 year and 15 year convertible…

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