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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California lawmakers are attempting to improve natural disaster preparedness and response

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The state has been plagued by different types of catastrophe over the last few months. The catastrophes in California over the last few months have been fatal to dozens of people, spurring natural disaster preparedness efforts among state lawmakers. Emergencies have been widespread and frequent, revealing a need to improve readiness and response strategies. Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are seeking to change state regulations to improve disaster response. The various factors to be included in the state national disaster preparedness changes will include the emergency alert systems, insurance…

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California cannabis business insurance is now more widely available

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Businesses working within the legal marijuana industry now have options for covering potential losses. The medical marijuana industry in California has struggled with a significant stigma and, until recently, cannabis business insurance opportunities have been few and far between. That said, coverage is now opening up for these companies who want to protect themselves against losses relating to their facilities, products, or other business related perils. This week, the California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, released a statement to this extent. Jones explained that the California has approved the first cannabis…

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California wildfire insurance losses have reached $3.3 billion and continue to rise

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A new report from the state Department of Insurance released figures based on claims reported by 15 insurers. The losses faced by California wildfire insurance companies continue to rise as the figure has now broken the $3.3 billion mark. That number was revealed by the California Department of Insurance and is based on the claims data reported by 15 insurers in the state. That figure only represents the current losses faced by the insurers but the total for the year will only get higher. That data is based on California…

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California Department of Insurance estimates suggest $1.05 billion in wildfire damage

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Official estimates indicate that the devastating wildfires that plague the state will create billion dollar losses. The California Department of Insurance has released an estimate for the damages left behind by the catastrophic wildfires that have left historic damages in the state. The department believes the insured wildfires losses will reach at least $1.05 billion. This estimate is based on the claims received so far from the eight largest Californian insurance companies. Following that estimate, the California Department of Insurance also revealed that it expects the figure to grow. By…

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California’s Dave Jones asks for cannabis insurance coverage in the state

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Large players in the insurance industry are typically staying away from the drug, even where it’s legal. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is seeking to improve the cannabis insurance availability in the state. The primary issue is that large insurance companies are hesitant to provide coverage in this portion of the industry. The United States is regularly launching regulated and perfectly legal markets in which patients can shop. Despite the fact that these markets are indeed regulated and legal, insurers, like banks, have stayed away. Jones is seeking to change…

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California auto insurance investigating premiums discrimination

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The state Department of Insurance launched an investigation into the factors used to calculate rates. The California auto insurance industry may soon be changing the way its rates are calculated in order to reduce discrimination against drivers from minority neighborhoods. The California Department of Insurance launched an investigation into the practices of eight auto policy providers in the state. The investigation is meant to decide whether the insurers are discriminating against people in minority neighborhoods. The California auto insurance rate investigation was launched in response to an article published on…

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California insurance commissioner candidates take aim at Trump in campaigns

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In the race for the top spot in the state’s Insurance Department, the president has become a political target. The race for the 2018 California insurance commissioner position is heating up and President Trump has become one of the central campaign political targets. State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has placed the spotlight on Trump and his policies. Lara placed the focus of his first ad running for California insurance commissioner on a depiction of Trump as being anti-female, anti-immigration, anti-healthcare and a denier of climate change. He called for…

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Will the California insurance commissioner be state Sen. Ricardo Lara in 2018?

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Lara announced that he will be running for the position next year on the heels of a state health care system proposal. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced his intention to run for California insurance commissioner in 2018. This, only one month after submitting a proposal for a single-payer state health care system. This makes Lara one of four Democrats who have filed the documents necessary to start fundraising. These papers make it possible for possible California insurance commissioner candidates to begin fundraising for their campaigns. Lara’s announcement came with…

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California Insurance Commissioner granted greater homeowners coverage authority

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The state’s Supreme Court ruled that the legislature gave California power to make certain specifications. The California Insurance Commissioner has the authority to decide which factors must be covered by homeowners insurance replacement cost estimate tools, says a state Supreme Court ruling. This will allow the commissioner to say what estimate tools home insurance companies are permitted to use. The decision updated a law from 2011 which was meant to help to reduce the ongoing underinsurance problem in the state. The original issue became truly problematic in 1991 when the…

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