Japan’s insurance industry takes steps to stop genetic discrimination

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The Japanese industry is preparing guidelines to make sure insurers can’t collect customer DNA. The insurance industry in Japan is getting ready to create guidelines that would stop genetic discrimination by insurers in the country. They are seeking to ban health and life insurance companies from the collection or use of genetic information for purposes related to coverage eligibility or premiums calculations. Associations across the industry say they haven’t started using genetic info but the goal is to stop it. According to the Life Insurance Association of Japan, its members…

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Massachusetts seeks to reverse decisions for denied life insurance by naloxone carriers

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The state has issued guidelines following a nurse’s rejection because she is trying to be a good Samaritan. Massachusetts has issued new guidelines regarding naloxone carriers after a nurse was denied life insurance. The state is hoping that life insurance and disability insurance companies will stop denying coverage to good Samaritans who are carrying the overdose-reversing drug in order to help those in need of it. The guidelines were issued this month in response to the story of a nurse who couldn’t get a policy. The Boston nurse carries the…

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Life insurance premiums can be calculated using your social media posts

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Provided they are not discriminatory, life insurers can use customers’ posts to decide on pricing. The New York Department of Financial Services (N.Y.F.S.) has released new life insurance premiums calculation guidelines. These will allow insurers to use data collected from their customers’ social media posts to help calculate premiums. These regulations may soon move outside New York and into other states as well. The life insurance premiums guidelines indicate that insurers have the right to obtain and apply data gleaned from “non-traditional” sources as well. That said, if they do…

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Wells Fargo is leaving the California renters insurance market due to violations

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The financial services giant gave up its license in the state as a part of a wider settlement. Wells Fargo is no longer licensed to sell or broker California renters insurance for at least three years. The firm has given up its license for personal insurance in the state as a part of a settlement with California. The bank agreed to the settlement over allegations of signing unknowing customers up for policies. Aside from no longer being able to sell California renters insurance and life insurance coverage, the bank also…

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Mutual of Omaha lawsuit pushes insurer to cover patients taking Truvada

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New applicants taking the HIV prevention medication had previously been denied policies. Mutual of Omaha settled discrimination allegations filed by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. The insurance company has agreed to stop denying applicants who use HIV prevention medications such as Truvada. At the same time, the insurance company settled a second lawsuit in the state regarding a similar situation. In the second lawsuit, Mutual of Omaha settled with an unidentified man. The insurance company turned down the man’s long term care insurance application when he acknowledged that he took…

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Californians received $17.3 million in lost life insurance benefits in 2017 alone

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Residents of the state are being advised to use an official tool to check if they are owed money. In 2017, residents of California received $17.3 million from lost life insurance benefits. This is a striking reminder to Californians to find out whether they might be beneficiaries of lost policies. Everyone who received the money the benefits last year did not realize they were a life insurance beneficiary. Not knowing that you are due life insurance benefits is quite common. This means that many people are due substantial sums of…

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Hybrid life insurance policies gain popularity as LTC payment plans

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As long term care insurance skyrockets in price, many people are looking for alternative funding. Hybrid life insurance policies are beginning to take the place of long term care insurance policies. Traditional LTC products have plummeted in popularity due to their spiking premiums in recent years. To pay for long term care needs, consumers are turning to new types of insurance coverage. Hybrid life insurance policies are becoming a leading option in that area. These policies come in the form of life products that back long term care financing strategies.…

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