California to overhaul comprehensive home insurance following widespread wildfires

Comprehensive home insurance - house on fire

Homeowners who lost their coverage due to fire threats will have access to plans next year. Californian homeowners who have been struggling with the loss of coverage due to wildfire threat will soon have comprehensive home insurance available to them once again. A new state-mandated plan has been created to make sure residents can obtain coverage. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued an order for this new comprehensive home insurance plan last Thursday. It was a response to the catastrophic wildfires that have left devastation in their wake in the…

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Natural disaster damage sends homeowners insurance rates skyward

Natural Disaster Damage - Tornado destruction

Insured losses resulting from claims relating to Mother Nature have been climbing sharply. Natural disaster damage has been sending homeowners insurance claims upward and, as a result, it has meant that rates for policies have been rising, too. A new analysis showed that severe storms and other catastrophes are becoming more common. Over the last ten years, natural disaster damage has become more commonplace and more expensive for homeowners and insurers. According to a new analysis, this is causing home insurance rates to head sky high. The analysis was done…

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California wildfire preparedness takes the spotlight as evacuations rise

California wildfire preparedness - forest fire

Thousands of residents are learning how to prepare as power outages and smoky conditions increase. California wildfire preparedness has become an important topic in the state as blazes continue to rage in various parts of the state, including in regions around Los Angeles. As the threat of fire intensifies and evacuations increase, residents are learning how to be ready. Residents who have not already made a California wildfire preparedness plan are being advised to do so. The reason is that there isn’t always a lot of advance warning before the…

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California fire insurance companies decline almost 350,000 policy renewals

California fire insurance companies - Firefighters fighting wildfire

Insurers are taking big steps back from the industry in the state’s highest risk areas. New data from the state shows that California fire insurance companies have declined the renewal of almost 350,000 home policies since 2015. This was most common in areas with the highest wildfire risk. The data showed that insurers are trying to reduce their risk exposure as wildfires become more costly. The newly released data did indicate that California fire insurance companies have dropped hundreds of thousands of customers. However, it did not point out how…

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California homeowners insurance policies are becoming fewer and farther between

California Homeowners Insurance Policies - House Fire - Fire fighters

As the state prepares for another dangerous wildfire season, coverage is in the spotlight. California homeowners insurance policies are becoming a serious subject at the moment. With the approach of the wildfire season, a growing number of property owners are losing their coverage. That said, the issue of spiking premiums and reduced availability isn’t anything new. A recent New York Times report looked at the issue of California homeowners insurance policies. It examined the way the state has been trying to manage these challenges for a long time. It pointed…

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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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Last November’s California wildfires caused $11.4 billion in insured damage

California Wildfires - Damage from Fire

Residents of the state have filed many thousands of insurance claims from the Camp Fire. Last year’s record-breaking California wildfires have now generated $11.4 billion in insurance claims. This has made the fires in that month, which ripped their way through Butte County and Southern California, some of the most expensive the state has ever experienced. The Camp Fire killed 86 people and essentially burned the town of Paradise right off the map. Three quarters of the losses from California wildfires in November 2018 were the result of the Camp…

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