This week in insurance news video round up

Below please find our notes and links about video featured insurance news… Health insurance shows 84 million Americans uninsured or underinsured for a span of 2012 According to research conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, there were 84 million people who either went uninsured or underinsured for a span of time in 2012. The reason has to do with a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to remain on the health insurance plans of their parents for longer periods of time. In the case of underinsurance, research…

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Insurance News Video Broadcast

This Week’s Round Up – Insurance News Broadcast for April 4th, 2013 See Notes and Highlights of The Stories Featured in Video: Study claims health insurance rate shock may be coming Health insurance companies throughout the U.S. have been warning of the impending rate shock that could be spurred by the Affordable Care Act. According to the study, health insurance companies are expected to pay out an average of 32% more on payouts for medical claims for individual consumers. Federal officials are questioning the accuracy of the study suggesting that…

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SEO basics for insurance agents and brokers

A great website is something all insurance agents and insurance agencies should shoot for, but without basic SEO knowledge… a good site will just sit there doing nothing and attracting no one. As you know, that is bad news. SEO, otherwise known as search engine optimization, is as important to your site as how it looks, what it does, and what it contains. Without at least some SEO efforts, your site may languish in cyberspace without a chance to attract any visitors at all. Luckily, SEO basics are easily understood…

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Health insurance exchanges planned for 49 states

U.S. Health Care Reform Update

Among them, 34 states have already started building their own. According to an announcement from U.S. government officials, there are now health insurance exchanges underway for planning in 49 states across the country. A number of them have just received grants in order to support them in their efforts. Thirty four of the states are already developing the development of their own health insurance marketplaces. These are the ones that have been receiving the grants from the federal government. Most recently, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human…

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Insurance news story about Progressive should be seen as a warning to insurers

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Experts now wonder if this social media fail will generate changes in the industry. In an attempt to save $75,000, Progressive Corp. has now found itself at the sour end of an insurance news story that has brought the rage of thousands, if not millions, of people against it. Other insurers who witnessed the story may soon be making changes to prevent this from happening to them. This type of insurance news, spread throughout social media, can be exceptionally damaging to the reputation of a company. This may mean that…

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China to strengthen regulations for growing insurance industry

Major changes for China insurance industry. The insurance industry in China is growing at a rapid rate. The country recently opened up its borders to foreign insurers looking to expand into new markets and this initiative has been quite successful. As more insurance companies enter the Chinese market, however, regulators are growing concerned over their ability to comply with the country’s laws and expectations. These concerns have grown too large to ignore any longer and the China Regulatory Commission has announced that it will be strengthening the supervision of the…

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Climate Prediction Center heralds the return of El Nino this year

Insurance industry on El Nino watch. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC), a government agency that provides weather information to the insurance industry and others, has raised concerns that El Nino may make a strong return to the Northern Hemisphere later this year. The weather phenomenon is notorious for the number of natural disasters it spawns throughout the Northern Hemisphere. El Nino brings an increase in rainfall and changes to temperature and wind patterns in some parts of the world. The CPC notes that El Nino could have a disastrous…

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California earthquake insurance could be shaky if Seismic Safety Commission loses its funding

California insurance market getting a shake down A 2010 ballot initiative could cause the Seismic Safety Commission in California to lose its funding before the end of 2012. The ballot initiative was designed to help to make it more difficult for government fees to be imposed on individuals and businesses. It also caused the California Legislative Analyst’s Office to decide that the proposed funding method by the governor to the Safety Commission is now unconstitutional. The analyst made the recommendation that there be a rejection by the Legislature of the…

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Major Chinese ship insurance company to cease Iranian oil tanker coverage

Commercial insurance market for oil tankers tightens A major insurer of Chinese ships has announced that, starting in July, it will be stopping its indemnity coverage for tankers that are transporting Iranian oil. This has dealt another blow to the tanker companies that carry oil – the main export of Tehran – from the Iranian capital, and has further narrowed the coverage options available in a market that has already been pinched by payment barriers put in place by sanctions in the West. As the number of Western sanctions increase…

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Court rules denial of benefits to same-sex couples to be discrimination

Same sex insurance coverage ruling The chief judge in a San Francisco court has deemed the denial of insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse to be a discriminatory act, and has ordered that the couple in the case be compensated for the costs they incurred for private insurance. The case involved the same-sex spouse of a federal court employee who had been denied insurance coverage. However, those payments may not be fast to arrive, as the courts will now consider the Defense of Marriage Act’s constitutionality, as this law from…

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