California home insurance is harder to get with each new climate-related disaster

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Insurers take wildfires, high tide flooding and other issues into consideration before selling a policy. California home insurance is becoming increasingly challenging to find for many homeowners affected by climate-related disasters. Insurers are using climate science to estimate the risk associated with a property when it comes to a number of different perils. Insurers are no longer assuming that homes that were once in low-risk areas continue to be so. The last few years have shown that homes never affected by climate-related disasters are not immune to those events. High…

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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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California insurance market third largest in the world

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The state’s insurers collect $332 billion in premiums every year, said the commissioner. The California insurance market now has an annual premium volume higher than ever before. The volume has now reached $332 billion, said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. This figure brings the state to the position of being the third largest market in the world. The California insurance market is the largest in the United States. That said, while that figure from the California Department of Insurance (CDI) does sound impressive, knowing what that represents on a global scale…

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California cannabis insurance claim payout reaches $1 million

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A company in the state received a historic payment following crop damages from wildfires. A cannabis insurance payout has recently broken prior records in California. The Thomas Fire burned through a legal marijuana business at the close of last year (and the start of this one). The payout for the insurance claim was $1 million – higher than any previous payout in this category. This wildfire insurance payout is an indicator of the speed of growth of the legal marijuana industry. A Southern Californian cultivator of marijuana was covered by…

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Health insurance plan coverage reaching all but 7 percent of Californians

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A new nationwide study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics examined uninsured rates. Nearly 29 million Americans across the country currently lack a health insurance plan. This is a considerable reduction in the uninsured rate. In 2010, almost 49 million Americans didn’t have health insurance coverage. Californians are faring even better than the rest of the country in terms of their coverage rates. That said, on the other end of the spectrum, Texans are the Americans least likely to have a health insurance plan. In that state, 20…

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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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California earthquake insurance sales skyrocketed last year

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Californians have been warned for many years, but 2017 seemed to be the year to take action. Scientists have been cautioning homeowners to buy California earthquake insurance for decades. They have been warning that there is a major tremor overdue in the state. However, many Californians have balked at the thought of buying, afraid premiums would be too high. California earthquake insurance, despite the threat of a serious potential quake, has been a very tough sell for insurers and agents. Only about 10 percent of households in the state had…

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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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Not every health insurance exchange deadline has passed

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Last Friday was the official deadline for ACA enrollment but some states have issued extensions. Americans rushed to their state health insurance exchange to beat the enrollment deadline last Friday. That said, the Trump administration and some state exchanges have announced an extension of the deadline for certain individuals. This makes it possible for more Americans to obtain the coverage they need in time for the start of 2018. When Americans phoned the HealthCare.gov service center as of Saturday morning, they were greeted by a recorded message meant to assuage…

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