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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Life insurance companies must try harder to locate beneficiaries

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States say insurers should be making a greater effort to find heirs to ensure payments are being made. Life insurance companies have paid beneficiaries billions of dollars in unclaimed policy payouts. That said, if many states are successful, it could mean that even more beneficiaries will be receiving funds. Certain state actions aim to force insurance providers to make a greater effort to locate heirs. Almost two dozen states have passed laws pushing life insurance companies to look for policy beneficiaries. Among them, Illinois has become the most recent state…

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Pennsylvania fines life insurance companies for partial benefits payments

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The state has been slapping insurers with penalties for failing to offer a full payout to beneficiaries. Pennsylvania has started implementing a crackdown on life insurance companies that have been discovered to be failing to pay out full benefits to the beneficiaries of policies soon after those policy owners have died. So far in 2015, the state has recovered $70.4 million for almost 4,300 beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. This is all a part of a broader effort by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, which involves a number of other states, as…

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Casey Kasem Life insurance battle is now headed to court

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The war within the legendary radio personality’s family over his estate will now be settled in the courtroom. The fights between the children and the second wife and widow of radio legend Casey Kasum (who died in the summer of 2014) didn’t start with the raging disagreements over his estate and the massive life insurance check that comes with it, but those are the latest issues being faced, and they are now headed to court to allow the legal system to try to figure them out. The life policy carried…

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Life insurance settlements in California reach $763 million

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So far, there have been 11 insurers that have joined into the multistate agreement to pay. According to John Chiang, the California State Controller, there have been 11 life insurance companies that have now signed the multistate settlements for unpaid benefits of up to $763 million. These settlements were the result of a half decade investigation conducted by Mr. Chiang and his team. This investigation looked into the compliance that the life insurance industry has maintained with the unclaimed property laws in California. What his research revealed was that companies…

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Life insurance law in Vermont drives insurers to pay

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Companies in the state were not adequately seeking beneficiaries are now paying out. Auditors in Vermont have determined that many of the life insurance companies in the state were not being adequately aggressive to seek out the beneficiaries of policyholders that had died, and steps have now been taken to remedy that trend. This has meant that many beneficiaries were not receiving the payments that were due to them. A number of large life insurance companies in Vermont, such as Lincoln Financial, Prudential, and AIG, have each reached settlements with…

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Life insurance companies are the focus of a new law in Montana

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A new bill has just been signed by the state governor that requires firms to search for beneficiaries. Governor Steve Bullock has just signed a new Montana bill that will require that life insurance companies always search for policy beneficiaries when the policyholder has died. This is the case even when there have not been any claims submitted following the policyholder’s death. The bill was created as a response to a number of settlement agreements that have been made across the country in which life insurance companies had been charged…

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Life insurance company pursued by New Mexico officials

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The insurer is currently at risk of being shut down if it doesn’t make its payments. Officials in New Mexico are currently working to collect over $100,000 from a life insurance company that has previously stated that it will not make payments to two deceased state employees who had been paying for this coverage. The insurer, which is based in Oregon, has stated that a lack of medical history form prevents the payment. According to Ed Burckle, the General Services Department Secretary, the reason that the life insurance company will…

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Life insurance maintains its importance in families with dependents

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The protection provided by this coverage is still an important element of financial planning. Despite the changes in the life insurance industry and the economy that continues to struggle, the coverage is maintaining its value for families that depend on the income of the policyholder. These policies provide families with a way to replace income that suddenly ceases if the earner should die. In order to take full advantage of life insurance, families should discuss the topic and make certain that they choose the form of the coverage that is…

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New York insurance companies to pay customers $262 million following investigation

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An investigation into New York insurance companies resulted in $262 million in payments. State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that several New York insurance companies selling life insurance products will be required to pay out $262 in unpaid benefits following a probe into the practices of firms across the state. What the investigation determined was that these life insurers were required to make $262.2 million in payments for 32,715 beneficiaries who were unaware that their deceased loved ones had policies for which a claim could be made. The New York…

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