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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Pennsylvania fines life insurance companies for partial benefits payments

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The state has been slapping insurers with penalties for failing to offer a full payout to beneficiaries. Pennsylvania has started implementing a crackdown on life insurance companies that have been discovered to be failing to pay out full benefits to the beneficiaries of policies soon after those policy owners have died. So far in 2015, the state has recovered $70.4 million for almost 4,300 beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. This is all a part of a broader effort by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, which involves a number of other states, as…

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Insurance rates for medical marijuana uses rise, regardless of how it is used

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Even if this substance is used medically through vaporizers or consumption, users are still deemed “smokers”. Earlier in the summer of 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that patients in the country who have legal prescriptions for the use of medical marijuana now have the right to take it in any form, including consumption in food, teas, oils, or smoking, but those patients have been falling into an interesting category when it comes to their insurance rates, regardless of how the drug is used. Many medical marijuana users have…

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Life insurance for federal employees may soon be more expensive

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Some workers may find that their rates will be rising, but others will be seeing them fall. Just as federal employees just faced an increase in the premiums that they pay for long term care coverage, they have now discovered that some life insurance rates may also be rising for their policies in 2016. This latest change in insurance rates will affect a much wider number of people, as many opt out of LTC. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), while some people will be seeing a rise…

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