State Farm homeowners insurance not required to cut rates, says judge

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The California Department of Insurance has been fighting a legal battle with the insurer over premiums. The California insurance commissioner was wrong in saying that State farm homeowners insurance rates had to lower. A judge ruled that the insurer was not required to charge its home and renter policyholders less. The decision stepped around a current unresolved question regarding Proposition 103 and its reach. Proposition 103’s author was among those who criticized the decision regarding State Farm homeowners insurance rates. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accused State Farm of profiting…

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India’s crop insurance program fanfare fades with shrinking coverage area

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The Narendra Modi government’s scheme was highly popular when it first launched but is getting smaller. India’s crop insurance program first launched two years ago. At that time, it was tremendously celebrated and highly popular. That said, this year it has experienced negative growth. The reason is that its coverage area has dropped to 24 percent of the gross cropped area (GCA) from 2017 to 2018. This is considerably smaller than the 2016 to 2017 year when it had been 30 percent of the GCA. The target for the crop…

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Idaho health insurance plans draw Trump administration warning

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The state has announced its intentions to allow certain medical policies that don’t comply with the ACA. The Trump administration has sent a written warning regarding Idaho health insurance plans. The state revealed its intentions to begin selling health policies that fail to meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements. The Trump administration said Idaho’s move “may not be substantially enforcing” the health care law. The letter was issued as a warning. Trump’s administration sent it to Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter (R). The letter was also sent to the Idaho…

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Gun owners insurance policies thin out following Florida shootings

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MetLife and Chubb have severed their ties with the National Rifle Association. The Florida shootings may make it more challenging to purchase gun owners insurance. Both Metlife and Chubb have made decisions to sever their relationships with the National Rifle Association. Chubb announced it would no longer underwrite National Rifle Association branded insurance policies. The company stated that its gun owners insurance underwriting would cease under the NRA’s brand. That coverage is designed to assist gun owners in paying their legal costs should their firearms be used in self defense.…

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Abortion insurance bill moves through Washington Senate

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The measure is now on its way to the state House, in which previous years have passed it. The Washington Senate recently passed an abortion insurance bill, sending it forward to the House. Should the measure become law, it would mean that insurance companies in the state that offer maternity care would also be required to provide coverage for contraception and elective abortions. Senate Bill 6219 passed the Senate with a vote of 26-22, including the vote of one Republican. In this vote, Senator Joe Fain (R) voted along with…

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New federal insurance bill would require racial disparity study in premiums calculations

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Congressman from California cites ProPublica and consumer reports auto coverage industry analysis. U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced a federal insurance bill last week which requires authorities across the country to take a closer look at auto insurance premiums calculations. The bill cites an April 2017 article co-published between Consumer Reports and ProPublica pointing to racial disparities. The auto insurance racial disparity legislation boasted six Democratic co-sponsors. The federal insurance bill was created partially as a reproach to the Trump administration when it sought to alter the Treasury Department’s Federal…

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Minnesota and New York file Trump administration lawsuit over health care funding cuts

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The states have sued the administration for having slashed federal funding for their low-income populations. The state of Minnesota has filed a new Trump administration lawsuit, challenging the decision to cut federal funding for the state’s public health care program. The program is designed to assist those who are employed but who remain below the poverty line. Attorney General Lori Swanson first announced the legal action at the end of last week. The purpose of Minnesota’s Trump administration lawsuit is to stop the federal government for being able to put…

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Local health centers left to struggle even as GOP funds CHIP

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program finally has its funding but kids may still find health care challenging. At the same time that Congressional Republicans and Democrats are patting themselves on the back for approving funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years, many local health centers continue floundering. CHIP had been in dire need of having its funding restored after it was allowed to expire on September 30. At the same time that lawmakers are celebrating passing the CHIP funding, which already had bipartisan support, it…

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USAA insurance company offered military members financial help during shutdown

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The insurer was providing interest-free loans to military members whose paychecks were impacted by the government shutdown. Military members whose paycheck depends on the government staying open had a bit of help from the USAA insurance company. The insurer offered military members interest-free loans to help them to fill the gap until they start getting paid again. USAA members in the armed services were essentially offered interest-free payday loans. The money wasn’t being handed out for free, but the USAA insurance company did provide armed services who wouldn’t be paid…

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US government shutdown leaves CHIP without funding

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Senate failed to pass the House-sponsored continuing resolution (CR) to the president on Friday. The Senate was unable to advance the House-sponsored CR ahead of a US government shutdown last week. It left the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) unfunded, placing many states at risk of losing their medical coverage for kids from low income families. The “Cadillac tax” has also failed to move forward, as the government shutdown began at midnight on Saturday. The six year extension of CHIP funding had bipartisan support. Both Republicans and Democrats were in…

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