What does California earthquake insurance coverage provide following a disaster

California earthquake insurance coverage - House after earthquake

Following the tremors last Thursday and Friday, many residents are looking into the protection available. The importance of California earthquake insurance coverage was placed in the spotlight last Thursday and Friday. The 6.4 magnitude quake was the strongest to rock Southern California in two decades and was followed by a 7.1 magnitude quake the next day. The tremors shook homes and other buildings across hundreds of miles in the state. Independence Day came with a number of different catastrophe risks, particularly with the number of tornadoes that have been cutting…

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California may use penalties to pay for health insurance subsidies

Health insurance subsidies - money - dollar sign

Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a tax penalty that would cover the Californian subsidy costs. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a new move to fund health insurance subsidies in the state. It would provide an estimated 850,000 Californians with assistance in paying their premiums. The goal is to assist people who make too much to qualify for federal aid but struggle to pay premiums. To be able to afford to provide the additional health insurance subsidies, the Democratic governor has proposed a tax penalty. This would be applied to Californians…

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California watchdog group calls for tougher insurance industry rules

Insurance Industry Rules - Business Man

A consumer advocacy group is now petitioning state legislators to reconsider a privacy bill. A California consumer watchdog is petitioning legislators to tighten insurance industry rules. The advocacy group is asking lawmakers to rethink the pending California Consumer Privacy Act. According to the watchdog, the act has the potential to allow insurance companies to sidestep privacy laws. The California Consumer Privacy Act is slated to become effective in January 2020. It was written to provide regulations preventing the sale of consumer personal information from being sold to other companies. It…

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Impact of climate change to make insurance prohibitively expensive, says Munich Re

Impact of Climate Change - Damage House

The largest reinsurance company in the world has cautioned that most people won’t afford coverage soon. For several years, insurance companies have been warning that the impact of climate change will be an expensive one. Munich Re, the largest reinsurance company in the world, is now warning that global warming will make insurance too expensive for most people. The reinsurer has already blamed climate change for $24 billion in California wildfire losses. Munich Re chief climatologist, Ernst Rauch, explained in a recent Guardian report that it won’t be long before…

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PG&E admits its equipment was the “probable” Camp Fire cause

Camp Fire Cause - California Camp Fire

The largest Californian wildfire in history was likely the result of the bankrupt utility’s equipment. Bankrupt Californian utility company, PG&E, said in its earnings statement that its equipment was the “probable” Camp Fire cause. That same statement reported the highest losses the company had ever recorded. PG&E’s statement said that investigators will likely find its equipment was the fire’s ignition point. As the Camp Fire cause, this would make PG&E’s equipment responsible for the largest wildfire in Californian history. The blaze ripped through Northern California for half of November 2018,…

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Wells Fargo is leaving the California renters insurance market due to violations

California Renters Insurance - Wells Fargo Building

The financial services giant gave up its license in the state as a part of a wider settlement. Wells Fargo is no longer licensed to sell or broker California renters insurance for at least three years. The firm has given up its license for personal insurance in the state as a part of a settlement with California. The bank agreed to the settlement over allegations of signing unknowing customers up for policies. Aside from no longer being able to sell California renters insurance and life insurance coverage, the bank also…

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Bankrupt California insurance company may face state takeover

Bankrupt California insurance company

Regulators move to take over an insurer unable to pay its wildfire claims following massive destruction. A California insurance company bankrupted by the Camp Fire and other wildfires may be taken over by the state. Regulators have made their first moves toward a takeover after wildfires raged through the state, destroying over 13,000 homes. Merced Property & Casualty Company was unable to keep up with the cost of its policyholder claims. The California insurance company was pushed into insolvency by the wildfire sparked on November 8, 2018. That same fire…

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