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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Californians received $17.3 million in lost life insurance benefits in 2017 alone

Life insurance benefits - US Money

Residents of the state are being advised to use an official tool to check if they are owed money. In 2017, residents of California received $17.3 million from lost life insurance benefits. This is a striking reminder to Californians to find out whether they might be beneficiaries of lost policies. Everyone who received the money the benefits last year did not realize they were a life insurance beneficiary. Not knowing that you are due life insurance benefits is quite common. This means that many people are due substantial sums of…

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Will California earthquake insurance sales rise after The Great Shake Out?

California Earthquake Insurance - Damaged Home from Earthquake

Californians recently took part in an annual statewide event to boost preparedness for a quake. State officials are hoping California earthquake insurance sales will increase following a recent annual event. The Great Shake Out reminds Californians of the risk of a quake and the importance of preparedness. Despite the risk to residents of the state, only a small percentage have coverage against this peril. The Great Shake Out encourages people to check their supplies and practice safety drills in case of a quake. It also urges people to go over…

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California workers compensation rates are on their way down, but remain expensive

California Workers Compensation - Construction Worker

The premiums dropped across the country, but those in the state still come with the highest price. A new study shows that California workers compensation rates have followed the dropping trend seen across the country. The coverage is becoming more affordable nationwide. That said, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services found that California’s rates are still among the highest. California’s rates for workers’ compensation coverage are among the worst in the United States. The department published its Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary, a report it issues…

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Covered California health insurance exchange open enrollment begins

covered care open enrollment

This week marked the start of the registration period for people to buy health plans for 2019. Covered California has opened its doors for selling health insurance to state residents who don’t receive benefits through the government or their employers. The insurance exchange is now selling plans for 2019 coverage. The state-run insurance marketplace gives Californians up until December 15 to enroll. Consumers who purchase their plans through Covered California by December 15 will have their coverage in place as of January 1, 2019. That said, there is a second…

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Man attempts auto insurance fraud an hour after crashing his car

auto insurance fraud - Car Crash

An uninsured California man attempted to purchase a policy an hour after having an accident. A man from California is on his way to prison after having committed auto insurance fraud an hour after a crash. The man has been convicted and will spend 11 years in jail, according to an Insurance Business Magazine report. The man was uninsured at the time of the crash but attempted to buy a policy an hour later. According to prosecutors on the case, the man had an accident in his car, then bought…

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