California lawmakers are attempting to improve natural disaster preparedness and response

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The state has been plagued by different types of catastrophe over the last few months. The catastrophes in California over the last few months have been fatal to dozens of people, spurring natural disaster preparedness efforts among state lawmakers. Emergencies have been widespread and frequent, revealing a need to improve readiness and response strategies. Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are seeking to change state regulations to improve disaster response. The various factors to be included in the state national disaster preparedness changes will include the emergency alert systems, insurance…

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State Farm Insurance and other insurers slapped with Washington fines

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The state’s insurance commissioner has issued the penalties to brokers and agents as well. Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has slapped State Farm Insurance, other insurers, agents and brokers with a number of fines throughout January. These fines totaled $15,000 and were issued for having violated the state’s insurance industry regulations. The largest fines the commissioner doled out were to State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. from Bloomington, Indiana. State Farm Insurance saw two thirds of the total fines from the Washington insurance commissioner. They were ordered to pay $10,000…

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California Insurance Commissioner granted greater homeowners coverage authority

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The state’s Supreme Court ruled that the legislature gave California power to make certain specifications. The California Insurance Commissioner has the authority to decide which factors must be covered by homeowners insurance replacement cost estimate tools, says a state Supreme Court ruling. This will allow the commissioner to say what estimate tools home insurance companies are permitted to use. The decision updated a law from 2011 which was meant to help to reduce the ongoing underinsurance problem in the state. The original issue became truly problematic in 1991 when the…

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China launches new life insurance products regulations

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The country’s official regulator has established new rules to slow the growth of short- and mid-term products. Short- and mid-term life insurance products are now subject to new rules in China. These were shared on an official website notice from the Chinese industry regulator, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC). CIRC has been working to be able to reduce the risk associated with the investment into these products. The CIRC’s concern is that if investments are made into stocks and long term assets using funds based on short-term life insurance,…

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Auto insurance rates are strikingly higher in some states than others

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A new study has revealed a major difference in premiums and Alabama drivers continue to pay more. Quadrant Information Services and insuranceQuotes.com have jointly released an auto insurance rates study. Within it, they named Alabama as the fourth most expensive state for drivers to be insured. The research examined some of the factors that play a role in making this coverage more expensive. What was found was that Alabama drivers pay more in auto insurance rates because of state regulations. Insurance companies in the state are permitted to use driving…

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Zenefits under investigation by California insurance regulators

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The software company has now had its business practices called into question and officials will be examining them. Zenefits, a software company, is now facing an investigation by California insurance department officials, as the firm’s business practices have been called into question. The California Department of Insurance released a statement with regards to the investigation that launched last year. While the California insurance officials have only just recently announced that they are looking into Zenefits and the way it conducts its business, it also stated that its efforts started back…

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Will new U.K. insurance regulations limit industry competition?

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Insurers and consumers across the United Kingdom are wondering if new rules will spike prices. The U.K. government and industry regulators have now begun a new move to help to make changes to the insurance regulations that are currently in place through the Solvency II regime. The reason is that the government and insurance regulators are worried about a less competitive market. Recently, submissions were made to the European Commission, the Bank of England, and the Treasury in order to underscore the insurance regulations they are seeking to change. Within…

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Obama administration makes insurance news with EU agreement negotiations

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The U.S. Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative have said they plan to work for a covered agreement. The insurance news announcement has now been made that the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative intend to enter into negotiations with the European Union over a covered agreement regarding insurance. The goal of these negotiations will be to “level the regulatory playing field for U.S-based insurers and reinsurers.” E.U. insurance companies and industry regulators have been expressing frustration with regards to the American reinsurance collateral requirements. The issue at the center…

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European insurance industry feels the pressure of new capital rules

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Insurers are facing stricter capital rules that may prove difficult to comply with The European insurance industry may be in for a shock from revised capital rules that will take effect in January 2016. ASR Nederland N.V., a Dutch insurance provider, announced last week that its available capital fell drastically below the standard imposed by the new rules. Other companies have reported similar issues, which may show that the European insurance industry is relatively ill-prepared to comply with the new rules once they go into effect. Insurers may be forced…

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Insurance news made as almost 3 in 4 women see gender equality progress in industry

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A recent study has shown that 72 percent feel that insurers are headed in the right direction. According to the insurance news making findings from the Women in Insurance Global Conference, 72 percent of women within the industry feel that insurers are making progress toward the goal of achieving gender equality. Two out of every three claim that they have seen efforts made within their own insurance companies. These were the findings from the conference, which was hosted by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). The insurance news came from…

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