Illinois workers compensation moves through state Senate

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Senators have given the nod to new restrictions on insurance companies writing this type of policy. New Illinois workers compensation legislation has received approval in the state Senate. It applies new restrictions to insurance companies that write workers compensation policies. The insurance legislation passed the state Senate this week in a vote of 34 to 21. This Illinois workers compensation legislation is a mirror image of one that was approved by lawmakers in the state last year. However, when that proposal reached Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, he vetoed it. This…

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Life insurance companies in Illinois owe $7.5 billion to unknowing beneficiaries

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Many insurers are keeping the money owed to beneficiaries who have no idea they’re entitled to a payout. Life insurance companies across the country are struggling with the issue of tracking down beneficiaries owed death benefits. While some states have very strict and specific laws about insurer practices in these situations, others make it possible for insurers to admittedly keep the owed money. In Illinois, this problem has risen to several billions of dollars owed to beneficiaries but kept by insurers. The practice has meant that life insurance companies aren’t…

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Allstate auto insurance rates are going up for Illinois drivers

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The insurer has increased premiums in the state by an average of 6 percent, following a statewide trend. Allstate auto insurance customers are about to face an increase in the rates they’re paying for their policies. This announcement was made only 6 months after a similar one was made State Farm, the largest car insurance company in the state. The average increase for drivers in the state with Allstate coverage will be about 6 percent. The original filing to increase Allstate auto insurance rates was made in January. An Illinois…

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Health insurance rate increases may be on their way to Illinois

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That said, there is no way for consumers to know for sure until the information is released on August 1. Residents of Illinois are going to have to wait a while before they will know if health insurance rate increases are coming. The information about the proposed premiums changes under the Affordable Care Act for next year isn’t available until August 1. It is at that time that the health exchange plan premiums information will be made public within the state. To many in Illinois, having to wait until August…

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Privacy breach may have some impact on the insurance industry in Illinois

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State agency announces privacy breach, revealing Social Security Numbers of health care providers The Illinois Department of Insurance has announced that it has mistakenly allowed the Social Security Numbers of health care providers to be publicly posted. The number of health care providers affected by this privacy breach has not yet been disclosed, but the event may have some impact on the insurance industry. State officials recently learned of the privacy breach after receiving complaints. It is unclear how long the Social Security Numbers of health care professionals were visible…

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Illinois can no longer pay health insurance claims for state employees

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State agency cannot cover the cost of claims The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has announced that it will no longer be able to pay state employee health insurance claims without a state budget. The claims are coming from those that receive coverage through the State Employees Group Insurance Program. Since the agency can no longer pay for the claims being made by policyholders, some 150,000 people could face higher out-of-pocket costs associated with their health insurance coverage. Those with self-insured plans will be hit the hardest by lack…

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Ad campaign in Illinois seeks to promote health insurance among young adults

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New ad campaign launched in Illinois to connect with young consumers A new ad campaign has been launched in Illinois that seeks to raise awareness about health insurance and the state’s exchange. The new campaign has a very specific focus on young adults, a notoriously elusive market for the health insurance industry. Many young adults believe themselves to be proverbially invincible and see little need for insurance coverage of any kind. Others see insurance as an expensive investment that will never benefit them and avoid coverage in order to save…

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