Insurance news made as Africa seeks epidemic disaster coverage

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Countries in that continent are now looking to broaden a catastrophe protection fund for emergencies like Ebola. African countries are in insurance news headlines as they now seek to widen a new type of catastrophe fund, which has already made its first payout, as of January, which was for $25 million. The catastrophe insurance fund is meant to provide protection against Ebola-like outbreaks. This insurance news could mean that countries that face catastrophes such as the devastation left behind by the Ebola outbreak in several African countries, could receive payouts…

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Polar vortex batters the insurance industry

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Polar vortex slams into the US, causing significant problems during the first two weeks of January The first two weeks of 2014 were marked by an unusual natural event that has been called the “polar vortex.” The event affected the majority of the U.S., causing property damage throughout the country as well as business interruption. The polar vortex broke into the U.S. on January 3, 2014, and lingered for nearly two weeks thereafter, bringing freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall to many states throughout the country. All states, including those notorious…

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State agency seeks to provide guidance on homeowners insurance issues

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Homeowners insurance confusion could be a problem for Illinois residents A powerful tornado swept through Illinois earlier this week, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The city of Washington was one of those that suffered most from the natural disaster, which destroyed more than 500 homes and damaged property throughout the entirety of the city. The devastating event has caused some confusion concerning homeowners insurance and natural disasters, which has spurred the Illinois Department of Insurance to take action. Agency to provide one-on-one counseling sessions for disaster victims…

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Is insurance worth it?

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What is the value of insurance coverage? Insurance can be a very tricky issue for many people. Coverage of any kind is often considered to be an extra expense that is difficult to justify. For some, the cost of insurance is not worth the protection it offers, while others consider insurance coverage to be mandatory even if it is expensive. The value of insurance coverage varies from person to person as much as it does from one type of coverage to another. Because there are many forms of insurance available,…

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Aon report focuses on impact of US natural disasters

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US disasters deal costly blow to global insurance industry, according to Aon Aon Benfield, a leading reinsurance and catastrophe modeling firm, has released its latest Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report. The report highlights the impact that natural disasters have had throughout the world and how these disasters have hit the global insurance industry and economy. According to the report, two of the world’s costliest natural disasters occurred in the U.S. While these disasters were largely confined to the borders of the country, Aon notes that their influence has sent…

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Hurricane Sandy emergency relief moves one step forward

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Hurricane Sandy relief package makes modest progress Little more than 10 weeks have passed since Hurricane Sandy visited the East Coast, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The recovery effort is still underway as those affected by the storm try to regain some semblance of balance in their lives. Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives finalized their approval of a $50.5 billion emergency relief plan designed to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The move exposed divisions throughout the Legislative branch, creating a significant amount of…

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Insurance news from Australia shows surprising spending of disaster payouts

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Many victims are using their funds to help to pay their vet bills for pet care. A recent insurance news report has shown that the disaster emergency fund payments are being spent in ways that were not expected, as data indicates that thousands of policyholders are spending half of the money they collect on veterinary bills. The statistics were collected through cumulative figures generated by emergency fund debit card use. In order to help disaster victims as quickly as possible, the insurance news reported, insurers have been issuing debit cards…

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Hurricane Sandy spawns class-action lawsuit against insurers

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New Jersey victims file suit against insurers in wake of Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy continues to cause problems along the East Coast. Though the storm is long over, its effects can still be felt in numerous states. Insurers may soon feel another financial impact as a result of the storm, but it will be coming from consumers instead of the storm itself. Hurricane Sandy victims from New Jersey have filed a class-action lawsuit against nine insurance companies. The suit claims that these insurers denied claims through the misinterpretation of something…

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Insurance news from Swiss Re shows drop in catastrophe claims

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The industry has faced about half as much cost from disasters than it saw last year. Swiss Re, the massive European reinsurance company, has released its most recent insurance news statistics for the year, saying that it looks as though the industry took on about half of the claims costs for disasters this year than it did last year. The claims losses from 2011 were nearly record breaking, so the notable reduction is very welcome. The prediction made by Swiss Re in its insurance news statement was that the industry…

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Oklahoma lawmakers look to expand liability protection to shelter providers

Lawmakers seek to provide comprehensive liability protection insurance… Last weekend, a number of powerful tornadoes swept through the state of Oklahoma, as well as its neighbors. According to the National Weather Service, 75 tornadoes touched down throughout the Midwest, many of which caused rampant damage throughout the region, especially in Oklahoma, where a powerful tornado claimed six lives. The total damage of the tornado outbreak is still be assessed by the insurance industry, but the event has spurred Oklahoma lawmakers to develop a comprehensive liability protection policy to help shelter…

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