California insurance industry warned of “significant risk” from Oroville Dam

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Concern over the dangers presented from the 770 foot structure’s damaged spillway has not disappeared. The next rainy season is only months away and the California insurance industry faces a “significant risk” from the Oroville Dam and its damaged spillway. Experts are cautioning the industry, residents of the region and pretty much anyone else who will listen about that the next time the waters rise could end far worse than the last time. Raging waters last month caused America’s tallest dam to experience critical damage. That damage has yet to…

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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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209,000 California insurance jobs could disappear from ACA repeal

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The state has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as outside counsel to overcome this challenge. As the Republican party launches its efforts to deconstruct the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a recent study suggests massive damage to California insurance jobs. In fact, the research indicated that the state could see losses of over 200,000 insurance and health care positions from an ACA repeal. Repealing the federal health care reform could also slash an annual $20.5 billion from the California economy. These forecasts were produced by the UC Berkeley Center…

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California insurance industry trends forum hears from Schwarzenegger about risk

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The former state governor and well known actor weighed in at the Southern California university event. Actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at a California insurance industry trends forum this week in order to discuss certain central topics such as that of risk. He spoke to insurance students and professionals in the industry about what it took to play some of his most famous roles. Schwarzenegger also took the chance to use the California insurance industry trends seminar to discuss the types of risks he faced when he originally…

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Wildfires in California hit the insurance industry with $1 billion in losses

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Fired introduce more financial strain to the insurance industry Two wildfires in Northern California have destroyed almost 150,000 acres of land, causing approximately $1 billion in insured losses, according to the California Department of Insurance. The fires hit the state last fall and the insurance industry has been working to measure the damage caused by the disasters since then. One of the fires, called the Valley Fire, has become the third most devastating wildfire in the state’s history in terms of total structures destroyed. Wildfires could be more destructive due…

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Insurance Commissioner Jones calls for the insurance industry to divest in coal

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Commissioner Jones asks insurers to cut their investments in the coal industry California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has issued a call to the insurance industry, encouraging companies to divest from the coal industry. Commissioner Jones is working to require insurers to disclose their investments in coal companies as well. The use of coal among utilities has fallen sharply over the past few years due to federal emissions regulations, but coal companies still receive strong financial support from both the public and private sectors. By divesting from coal, the insurance industry…

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195 Arrested in massive auto insurance fraud bust in California

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54 arrests were made throughout the Bay Area and involved claims estimated at over $250,000. A widespread auto insurance fraud investigation that spanned the state of California has now resulted in the arrest of 54 people in the Bay Area, after an alleged rash of falsified claims were submitted to insurers. This announcement was recently made by the Department of Insurance within the state. According to the announcement that was made by the state department officials, the claims from this insurance fraud bust could have led to over $250,000 in…

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Health insurance regulators in California not awarded more power

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California Proposition 45 has been defeated by voters amidst strong opposition to the measure Voters in California have decided to deny the passage of Proposition 45, which would have provided the state’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, and the state’s Department of Insurance, with the power to review health insurance rate increases. Under current law, state regulators cannot reject rate increases coming from insurers before these increases have been implemented. Commissioner Jones has been advocating for more regulatory power for some time, claiming that tougher regulations would be a benefit to…

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Auto insurance fraud receives more attention from state agency

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Insurance Department begins to increase its efforts to combat insurance fraud throughout California The California Department of Insurance has begun to focus more heavily on fighting auto insurance fraud in the Los Angeles area. The agency has been working to track down and eliminate fraud in this area for some time, but has only found modest success. Those participating in fraud have, thus far, managed to find ways to sidestep regulations and continue exploiting consumers and insurance companies alike. Recently, the agency has found more success in its fight against…

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California insurance could drive the economy in the long term

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Reports are showing that consumer spending is down, but subsidies could free up more cash. According to some of the latest reports – including those released by the largest retailer in the world, Walmart and the largest online retailer, Amazon – lower and middle income families have been cutting down on their spending, but at the same time, the changes made by the health care reforms could, in theory, help to use California insurance to boost the economy in the state. The reason is that the amount being paid for…

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