California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Apologizes for Accepting Industry Contributions

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara - Government Portrait from 2016

Lara released a letter last week that acknowledged that his campaign had solicited those contributions. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has said he was sorry for having both solicited campaign contributions from the insurance industry and for having accepted them. Last Tuesday, he issued a letter in which he acknowledged the activity as well as his regret for having done so despite a campaign pledge he had made not to accept contributions from insurers. The letter was issued to a number of groups, including Public Advocates, United Policyholders and Health…

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Fossil fuel underwriting disclosure petition rejected by commissioner on Earth Day

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has turned down the recent move by activists. Activists may have thought that they had Earth Day on their side when California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara considered the fossil fuel underwriting disclosure petition. However, Lara rejected the petition urging him to implement the new regulations over insurance companies. Commissioner Lara underscored climate change as a top priority as a part of his election platform. The petition would have required insurance companies into fossil fuel underwriting disclosure. That is, they would need to disclose the fossil…

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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones seeks more insurer fossil fuel divestment

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Jones is pushing forward with this initiative as he simultaneously releases new oil, gas and coal data. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is driving ahead in his effort for fossil fuel divestment. This hot button move is continuing forward right up to the close of 2018 and his position at the top of the state’s insurance industry regulator. Last week, Jones released the most recent data regarding insurance company investment into fossil fuels. With the release of that data, the California Insurance commissioner brought the new fossil fuel disclosures into…

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Insurance industry diversity gets a shot in the arm from the California commissioner

California insurance industry diversity

Dave Jones issued a letter urging CEOs to boost the diversity on their governing boards. California insurance industry diversity just received additional official support through a letter from Commissioner Dave Jones. In his letter, Jones addressed the CEOs of at least fifty insurance companies operating in the state. He urged those CEOs to encourage improved diversity on their governing boards. The letter underscored the impact a company’s board room diversity has on financial performance. The insurance industry diversity letter also requested that each insurer either disclose its intentions to form…

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Dave Jones wants more entries to the California marijuana insurance market

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The California Insurance Commissioner has called on insurers to help fill coverage gaps in this marketplace. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently called on insurers to take part in the California marijuana insurance market. The goal is to help to fill the coverage gaps that exist among businesses seeking to grow and distribute this drug. California state law says that medical marijuana is legal, though federal law still considers it illegal. Jones’s announcement was made at the same time that a new workers’ compensation insurance program was launched. Atlas General Insurance…

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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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California health insurance regulators launches investigation into Aetna

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The insurer’s coverage practices will be examined by the two different state departments. Two California health insurance regulators have stated their intentions to investigate Aetna’s coverage decision processes. This examination of the insurer is a result of a lawsuit filed by a Californian man. The man filed the lawsuit against the country’s third largest insurance company, alleging improper care denial. The two California health insurance regulators will conduct the investigation in order to help determine whether or not Aetna’s decision processes are acceptable. The opening arguments in the case were…

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