Insurance Companies Piling on the Losses During COVID-19. What are the Tax Implications for Them?

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The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was first discovered towards the end of December 2019. It is a zoonose. In other words, it jumped from an animal host, more than likely a bat, to a human host. Once in its human host, it evolved to the form that we now know and started spreading rapidly via person-person transmission. At least, this is how scientists presume COVID-19 originated. Unfortunately, very little is known about this virus, excepting the following three points: COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness that can either be mild or so…

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US lawmakers aim to stop DNA test results from access by insurance companies

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Millions of Americans are using services to examine their genetic backgrounds. Over 26 million people across the United States have used voluntary services to obtain DNA test results. Now, lawmakers are moving to protect those same consumers against a federal legal loophole. The legal loophole would permit certain insurance companies to connect customer genetic data. Florida lawmakers have already launched the first step to shut that loophole. The goal is to protect consumers from being required to provide their DNA test results if they do not want to. Using genetic…

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Nationwide small commercial insurance satisfaction highest in US, says JD Power

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The insurer earned the highest ranking for overall customer satisfaction in a recent study. A new J.D. Power study has found that Nationwide provides the best customer satisfaction in small commercial insurance. This, according to the findings from the firm’s 2019 U.S. Small Commercial Insurance Satisfaction Study. This isn’t Nationwide’s first time receiving the title. In fact, the insurer has been the top small commercial insurance company for customer satisfaction two years in a row. The company also took the top spot for the claims and policy offerings categories. “Small…

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NFL reaches concussion settlement with its insurance company

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Many of the league’s insurers have been battling the requirement to pay players with such injuries. The N.F.L. has reached a concussion settlement following a lengthy battle regarding payments to players who have been injured. Insurers have been resisting payments to concussed players because they say the league had not adequately disclosed the game’s dangers to its players. The battle over the concussion insurance payments has stretched out for seven years. The concussion settlement brings this fight to an end. Insurance companies had been refusing to pay their portion of…

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Fitch labels General Electric insurance “risky”, sending share prices tumbling

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A new report called the long term care insurance backer the riskiest one in that sector. A new Fitch Rating report referred to General Electric insurance as one of the riskiest backers of long term care coverage. It pointed to the company’s substantial claims exposure and comparatively small cash reserves for paying those claims. As a result of the new designation, G.E. saw its shares take a nose dive at the start of the week. The Fitch Ratings report is issued annually. The credit ratings agency underscored concerns outlined by…

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Trump to issue health care price transparency executive order today

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The president is expected to require insurers and doctors to disclose care costs. Later today, President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order for health care price transparency. The purpose is to require doctors and insurance companies to disclose their health care prices. Industry groups have been vocally opposed to the president’s intention to sign the executive order. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump intends to issue the order for health care price transparency regardless of industry resistance. The order will specifically direct federal agencies to launch guidance…

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Ways To Get Home Insurance Discounts

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Nowadays, it is so much easier than in the past to get a home insurance policy since they can even be found online. You need to simply invest time and effort to find a deal that is great for you. However, this is where many homeowners make mistakes. There are many ways in which you can get home insurance discounts, like the ones highlighted below. Raise Deductibles The deductible is practically how much you agree to fund in the event that a claim is filed in the future. The insurer…

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