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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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 industry seeks to dissuade tax reform

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Life insurance representatives flock to DC to defend tax incentives Insurance executives and advisers, many of whom are represented by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers, are flocking to Washington D.C. this week in order to warn federal lawmakers not to make changes to the preferential tax incentives that are offered to the life insurance industry. The life insurance sector in the U.S. has received these tax incentives, in one form or another, for the better part of a century, but financial concerns and the problematic performance of the…

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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 benefits worth $665 million unclaimed in New York

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Over 89,000 people across the United States will be receiving their portion of the total amount. Nearly 90,000 people throughout the country will be receiving their due portions of a total of more than $665 million in life insurance benefits to which they had no idea they were entitled. The governor of the state has said that these benefits payments are the outcome of a new law. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the life insurance payments have come from a law that was signed in 2012, which requires insurers to…

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Life insurance bill takes aim at reducing fraud

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is now deciding on his approval for regulations in the industry. Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts, is currently considering a bill that has been created in order to help to combat life insurance fraud by adding regulations to brokers and financial service companies that purchase policies from cash starved policyholders and then receive the benefits upon the death of those individuals. The sale of an individual’s policy for a fraction of its settlement total is both legal and common in Massachusetts. This is the case…

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Life insurance reserves calculations change approved by regulators

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State authorities have moved forward a new and controversial standard for insurers in the sector. Life insurance news has been made by state regulators that have now given their approval for a new standard for the way that insurers in the sector will perform their reserves calculations, despite the heavy controversy and claims that it will not work. Critics say that the economy will face too much of a risk in larger states, and the implementation will be too expensive. The approval was made by the National Association of Insurance…

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New death benefit battle rages on with life insurance companies

Insurance companies are now facing a new battle in the challenge for data management as state regulators are now requiring that they verify their life insurance policies against the data from the Social Security Death Master File. This is only the most recent of several changes that have been made by state regulators that are designed to help to identify life insurance policy beneficiaries by working with the Social Security Death Master File and checking it against the records for the insurance policies. While the actual regulations for this effort…

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