California Insurance Commissioner Seeks to Stop CVS Merger with Aetna

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The state’s stop insurance official has asked the Department of Justice to block the merger. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is urging the U.S. Justice Department to stop CVS Health from merging with Aetna. Such a merger would “have significant anti-competitive impacts on American consumers and health care and health insurance markets,” said Jones. The Californian regulator cannot stop the deal, but he can use his sway with the D.O.J. Even though the California Insurance Commissioner does not have the authority to stop a merger between the companies by way…

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New York single payer health care gets Cynthia Nixon’s Nod

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The state governor candidate has endorsed it as a component of her challenge against Gov. Cuomo. Candidate for New York Governor, Cynthia Nixon, has added her endorsement to a state-wide single payer health care system. This strategy is meant to build her challenge against Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). Nixon released a video in which she described the health care system and why she believes in it. “Health care should be a human right, not a privilege for those who can afford it,” said Nixon in her video discussing single payer…

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Nevada drivers now have new auto insurance liability requirements

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Motorists whose existing policies do not meet these new levels will need to purchase new coverage. Nevada drivers will need to make sure they meet the new auto insurance liability requirements in the state. They have until July 1 to purchase coverage with limits of at least 25/50/20. Some policies will already provide the minimum coverage but drivers are encouraged to check. It has been a long time since drivers in Nevada have had to change their auto insurance liability coverage. For many decades, the minimum requirement had been $15,000…

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95 percent of US healthcare groups opposed Trump’s new health insurance rules

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Nearly every group that submitted formal comments officially panned the strategy the president proposed. Over 95 percent of the US healthcare groups that submitted formal comments regarding President Trump’s strategy to dismantle the Affordable Care Act were opposed to his efforts. They either criticized the new health insurance rule strategy or flat-out opposed it. The health insurance industry isn’t impressed with the president’s efforts to cut apart Obamacare. A new L.A. Times review of the thousands of comments formally submitted by US healthcare groups to federal agencies showed heavy criticism…

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National Rifle Association sues state of New York over insurance crackdown

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The pro-gun group accuses New York of conducting an unconstitutional “political blacklisting campaign.” The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit over the New York insurance crackdown reported by Live Insurance News last week. The NRA sued state Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as New York’s financial Regulators. It accuses them of an unconstitutional “political blacklisting campaign” to halt banks and insurance companies from partnering with the group. The NRA filed its lawsuit against the state in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The…

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New York regulators call NRA branded insurance program unlawful

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The Department of Financial Services fined Lockton Cos. $7 million for its liability coverage sales. New York state regulators have deemed an NRA branded insurance program to be unlawful. Lockton Cos. said back in February that it would shut down its National Rifle Association brokerage services. The company continued to sell the branded insurance policies meant for firearm owners and users. The NRA branded insurance program was designed to cover gun owners. It is a form of liability coverage in case the firearm owners were ever charged with a crime…

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California wildfire insurance stirs up heat between industry and state lawmakers

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The state Senate Insurance Committee is taking on the insurance industry regarding this coverage. California wildfire insurance was a hot topic, so to speak, between insurers and the State Insurance Committee. The committee is chaired by Senator Steve Glazer (D), widely considered to be the most moderate senator in the upper house. The Senate Insurance Committee voted on to bills that will dictate the future of wildfire coverage. The vote took place on Friday for the two bills. These bills were designed to make significant changes to the way California…

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California Commissioner encourages insurers to sell cannabis industry insurance

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Dave Jones is once again urging insurance companies to sell products to the legalized cannabis ecosystem. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has previously urged insurers to sell legalized cannabis industry insurance products. He is now renewing this call on the heels of recent reports that President Donald Trump has ignored federal law enforcement policies put in place by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Commissioner has been trying to encourage insurance company involvement since November 2016. At that time, Californian voters chose to make adult recreational cannabis use legal. Since that…

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Colorado mental health insurance bill to help consumers navigate the system

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A new measure introduced this week may make it simpler for state residents to receive mental health care. A new Colorado mental health insurance bill introduced this week could make it easier for state residents to receive the care they need. The idea is to form a state ombudsperson’s office. The goal of the office is to assist Colorado residence in navigating the insurance system for mental health care. Many people struggle to understand their rights and to whom they should direct their questions. Individuals find the current Colorado mental…

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Michigan auto insurance rates are increasing yet again

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Drivers throughout the state are bracing to once again pay more for their no-fault coverage. Michigan auto insurance rates are about to head upwards yet again. Motorists are accustomed to seeing their premiums rise as a result of the ever-increasing no-fault coverage fees. Now, many will need to tighten belts even further to help them afford the new rates in the state. The rising Michigan auto insurance rates have been problematically high for several years. The upward trend of coverage costs has been a persistent one. State lawmakers have repeatedly…

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