Georgia purchase largest US cyber insurance policy

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The state is adding to its protection against hackers following a massive March ransomware attack. Georgia has added a new layer of protection against hackers by purchasing the largest cyber insurance policy in the United States. The coverage is a component of the state’s new strategy against cyberattacks. Last March it fell victim to a ransomware attack. The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website was taken down unless the state would pay. Hackers demanded $50,000 in the ransomware attack. Despite the hackers’ demands, the state would not pay the ransom. Instead,…

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Georgia auto insurance rates driven skyward by massive crashes

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Serious car wrecks are becoming more frequent in the state, making it more costly to insure vehicles. Georgia auto insurance rates are expected to rise yet again, following several other consecutive increases. According to experts in the industry, the growing expense associated with car insurance premiums has to do with the number of serious crashes in the state. The number of accidents and the severity of the crashes are both on the rise and it is costing insurers. As a result, Georgia auto insurance companies find themselves raising their rates…

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Georgia auto insurance rates are headed through the roof yet again

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For the third consecutive year, Georgian drivers will face higher premiums for their coverage. Georgia auto insurance rates are headed skyward once again, making this the third year in a row drivers in the state are paying more. This also makes it the third straight year that Georgia drivers have faced the highest insurance rate increases in the country. For many drivers, this situation has become frustrating but is no longer considered to be surprising. Last year, Georgia auto insurance rates saw the highest increase in personal lines among all…

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National Flood Insurance Program payouts reach $6.5 million in Georgia

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Residents of the state have now received payments for many of the 1,054 claims made following Matthew. Georgia victims of Hurricane Matthew have now received over $6.5 million in payouts from the National Flood Insurance Program. There were a total of 1,054 claims filed with the federal flooding program by the time November came to an end. Over $2.5 million had already been paid to residents in partial or advance payments. This amount was deducted from the total $6.5 million in payouts that are expected to be made from the…

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Allstate aims to raise insurance premiums in Georgia

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Allstate bypasses rate proposal process to increase premiums Allstate customers in Georgia may see their  insurance premiums spike, according to the Georgia Department of Insurance. The insurance company is planning to implement rate increases on some policies, with premiums rising by as much as 58.3%. According to Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, this is the first time he has seen such a rate hike. Moreover, the proposed rate hike has not been approved by the Department of Insurance. Insurance Commissioner claims Allstate bypassing the proposal process is unfair Hudgens notes that…

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Georgia insurance exchange will not include UnitedHealthcare

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Officials in the state have said that the health insurer will not be selling its plans over the marketplace for 2017. Georgia officials have now stated that UnitedHealthcare will no longer be selling its health plans over the state’s insurance exchange after this year, and the insurer has now become the only one that has said it won’t be continuing forward on the marketplace. The insurance department in the state has said that UnitedHealthcare is the only one no longer selling on the exchange. In the state, over 500,000 residents…

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Georgia governor likely to sign autism insurance bill

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Before April is through, it is expected that Nathan Deal will be adding his signature to the legislation. Senate Bill 1, an autism insurance bill, is among the hundreds of bills that are currently sitting on the desk of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and is among those that are expected to be signed before the end of the month. In this case, the insurance legislation will be called Ava’s Law, should it be passed, named after Ava Bullard. If it does become a part of the autism insurance law in…

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Legislation in Georgia increases auto insurance requirements for ride-share firms

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Legislation requires ride-share companies to improve their auto insurance policies New legislation in Georgia will require ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to increase their auto insurance coverage. The legislation, called House Bill 190, won the approval of the state’s House of Representatives and is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Nathan Deal before it can be enacted. Ride-share companies have become a hot topic in the insurance space, as well as in the transportation services industry. These companies offer inexpensive transportation, but there have been concerns that the auto insurance…

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Health insurance premiums see modest rise in Georgia

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State’s insurance rates remain steady despite fears of major increases The cost of coverage from Georgia’s health insurance exchange have remained steady, according to a study from the Urban Institute. Many had feared that premiums for policies sold through the state’s exchange would increase at a rapid pace, but this has not been the case. The exchange sells plans in Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum categories, with each tier offering their own level of coverage benefits, with Platinum being considered the most comprehensive. Silver tier plans are, by far, the…

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Insurance fraud warning issued in Georgia

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Insurance Commissioner issues a warning concerning insurance fraud Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, has issued a warning to consumers regarding insurance fraud. The insurance industry has been dealing with fraud for nearly as long as it has existed, but new threats are beginning to emerge in the digital world that the industry may not be prepared to deal with effectively. Conventional methods of fraud are also becoming more resilient to the measures that the insurance industry is taking to thwart them. Consumers are receiving calls from fraudulent representatives of life…

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