Abortion insurance bill moves through Washington Senate

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The measure is now on its way to the state House, in which previous years have passed it. The Washington Senate recently passed an abortion insurance bill, sending it forward to the House. Should the measure become law, it would mean that insurance companies in the state that offer maternity care would also be required to provide coverage for contraception and elective abortions. Senate Bill 6219 passed the Senate with a vote of 26-22, including the vote of one Republican. In this vote, Senator Joe Fain (R) voted along with…

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New federal insurance bill would require racial disparity study in premiums calculations

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Congressman from California cites ProPublica and consumer reports auto coverage industry analysis. U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced a federal insurance bill last week which requires authorities across the country to take a closer look at auto insurance premiums calculations. The bill cites an April 2017 article co-published between Consumer Reports and ProPublica pointing to racial disparities. The auto insurance racial disparity legislation boasted six Democratic co-sponsors. The federal insurance bill was created partially as a reproach to the Trump administration when it sought to alter the Treasury Department’s Federal…

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Minnesota auto insurance company to refund $315,000 to over 1,600 drivers

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Farmers Insurance Exchange has been accused of unfair pricing practices and is reimbursing affected policyholders. Minnesota auto insurance company, Farmers Insurance Exchange, is responding to accusations of unfair pricing practices with a refund to more than 1,600 drivers in the state. The policyholders affected by the pricing practices in question will be receiving a portion of a $315,000 total amount. The insurer is providing the refunds in response to an investigation into the way it was setting its rates. The Minnesota auto insurance provider underwent a pricing practice examination. The…

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Texas insurance companies may soon see drop in lawsuits

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A new bill in the state House would discourage homeowners from suing as a result of certain claims. Texas insurance companies could soon find themselves facing fewer lawsuits relating to claims involving weather damage. The Texas House passed a bill discouraging homeowners insurance policyholders from filing lawsuits against their insurers in regard to claims involving flood, hurricane or hail damage, for example. At the moment, Texas insurance code provisions include a penalty for failing to follow-through with claims payments. This means that Texas insurance companies risk having to pay more…

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State Farm insurance rates will soon be slashed, judge’s orders

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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones supports the judge’s decision to reduce premiums. State Farm insurance rates in California may soon be on their way down following a judge’s ruling. That said, homeowners, condo and renters insurance policyholders will need to wait to know if they will also get refunds. That will depend on the outcome of a lawsuit. The judge ruled that State Farm is required to comply with a state order for reducing its rates. That same judge said that while State Farm insurance rates must be reduced, the…

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Amtrak insurance appeal leads to partial victory

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The railroad service has now secured a part win in U.S. appellate court in a case dating back to Superstorm Sandy. The latest Amtrak insurance appeal has left the railroad with a partial victory. This is the result of the newest step from the company to obtain insurance coverage payments following Superstorm Sandy. The massive 2012 hurricane caused over $1 billion in damages to the railroad service. Since that time, Amtrak has been trying to recoup some of those losses through its insurance policies. The latest ruling was in the…

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California health insurance may become available to undocumented immigrants

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Governor Jerry Brown has now pushed the effort for this coverage another step forward. Following the signing of a new bill by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday, California health insurance law has now become one step closer to being available to immigrants who are living in the state without any legal documentation. The bill has now allowed the state to turn to the federal government in order to request its approval. The California health insurance bill has opened up the chance for the state to ask the federal government for…

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Proof of auto insurance laws change in New Jersey

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The state has now legalized electronic coverage cards at the same time that license plate rules have been altered. Two new laws have now become active in New Jersey that will have an impact on drivers, the first of which involves the way that they can provide proof of their auto insurance coverage and the other has to do with their license plates, which stated that plates can no longer be obscured. The first makes it possible for drivers to provide proof of insurance in an electronic form, such as…

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Supreme Court ruling secures health insurance for 1.3 million people in Florida

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Ruling from the Supreme Court has ensured that many consumers get to keep their coverage The recent ruling from the Supreme Court on the King v. Burwell case will have a beneficial impact on those with health insurance coverage in Florida. Some 1.3 million consumers will be able to keep their insurance coverage, supported by subsidies, due to the ruling from the Supreme Court. The King v. Burwell case had caused concerns among many that received subsidized coverage, as it called into question whether or not the federal government can…

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Auto insurance rates could be dropping in Michigan

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Auto insurance coverage is expected to become less expensive in Michigan due to new measure Changes being made to Michigan’s auto insurance laws could mean lower premiums for consumers and lower costs for insurers. The state’s House Insurance Committee has approved a measure that would make changes to existing insurance legislation, which could bring down premiums by $100 every year for the next two years. The measure would also prevent health care providers from overcharging insurers when they treat victims of auto accidents. Health insurers will also not be able…

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