California Legislature enacts homeowners insurance reforms regarding wildfires

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Victims of the fires that destroyed thousands of homes in 2017 will not benefit from the changes. The California Legislature has approved homeowners insurance reforms designed to boost consumer protections. This is particularly important as Californians battle with wildfire risks for yet another year. Devastating wildfires have become the new normal throughout the second half of every year. Wildfires are occurring statewide and the Legislature decided it was time to come to terms with these new trends. This was reflected in the new homeowners insurance reforms that have received approval.…

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Dave Jones wants more entries to the California marijuana insurance market

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The California Insurance Commissioner has called on insurers to help fill coverage gaps in this marketplace. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently called on insurers to take part in the California marijuana insurance market. The goal is to help to fill the coverage gaps that exist among businesses seeking to grow and distribute this drug. California state law says that medical marijuana is legal, though federal law still considers it illegal. Jones’s announcement was made at the same time that a new workers’ compensation insurance program was launched. Atlas General Insurance…

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Allstate releases its catastrophe loss estimate for July 2018

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The American insurance giant released the announcement of loss as well as its future predictions. The Allstate Corporation recently released its catastrophe loss estimate for July 2018. Throughout that month, it estimates having experienced loss from catastrophes reaching a pre-tax $262 million. This figure converts to $207 million after taxes are taken into consideration. The Allstate Insurance catastrophe losses were the result of 15 individual events in July. The July 2018 catastrophe loss estimate were the outcome of 15 separate catastrophic events. They brought with them losses of $220 million…

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California Insurance Commissioner Seeks to Stop CVS Merger with Aetna

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The state’s stop insurance official has asked the Department of Justice to block the merger. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is urging the U.S. Justice Department to stop CVS Health from merging with Aetna. Such a merger would “have significant anti-competitive impacts on American consumers and health care and health insurance markets,” said Jones. The Californian regulator cannot stop the deal, but he can use his sway with the D.O.J. Even though the California Insurance Commissioner does not have the authority to stop a merger between the companies by way…

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California insurance industry will face more wildfire losses in 2018

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A new Moody’s report shows that insurance companies will endure more wildfire losses this year. The California insurance industry isn’t getting a year off from wildfire losses after facing a costly year in 2017. A new Moody’s Investors Service Inc. report showed that despite current losses, there will likely still be another major wildfire loss event this year. The Carr wildfire in California has caused about an estimated $1.5 billion in insured losses. After the California insurance industry copes with the $1.5 billion in losses likely already caused by the…

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Nine Californian Restaurants receive workers compensation fines

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Restaurants in one state county received over $200,000 in admin fines for failing to cover employees. Nine restaurants in California are now facing substantial workers compensation fines for failing to adequately cover their employees. The fines were the result of a joint enforcement strike force investigation in Contra Costa County. The strike force issued over $200,000 in total administrative workers compensation fines. The fines were issued to the Contra Costa County restaurants for failing to cover their employees according to state laws. The investigators were from the California Department of…

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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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