FTJ and FSL Name New Vice President

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (June 16, 2016) – Forrest T. Jones & Company, Inc. (FTJ) and Fidelity Life Insurance Company (FSL) announced that veteran insurance executive Peter Lindquist joined the companies as vice president on June 15. Lindquist, who has served as chief financial officer (CFO) for 20 years at various insurance companies, will succeed William Hobbs II, who is retiring as vice president and controller. Lindquist most recently served as CFO and treasurer at Cameron Mutual Insurance Company, located in Cameron, Mo. Prior to that, he was CFO for insurance…

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Life insurance policies carried by San Bernardino shooter may be seized by US

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This week, federal prosecutors filed a suit to be able to take control of Syed Rizwan Farook’s payouts. The life insurance policies taken out by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters from the attacks in December 2015, may soon be seized by the U.S. government if federal prosecutors are successful in winning the lawsuit they have now filed. This would allow the government to seize the payouts from the two insurance policies carried by the shooter. The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles made the filing for…

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Millions of dollars in life insurance benefits owed to unknowing Californians

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There are thousands of people living in the state who are owed large amounts of unclaimed money. Officials in California have now said that thousands of people across the state are owed millions of dollars in life insurance benefits – sometimes in amounts that are greater than $100,000 – and that many of these individuals have no idea that this money is owed to them. The California Controller’s Office said that some insurance companies haven’t made any effort to find beneficiaries. According to the Controller’s Office, in many cases, there…

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Life insurance companies now selling to HIV patients in US and Canada

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John Hancock in the United States and Manulife in Canada have both announced the lifting of the exclusion. On Friday, HIV patients received some good news from life insurance companies in the United States and Canada, as John Hancock Insurance and Manulife have both stated that they will be removing their exclusion for these patients. This is the second insurer in the U.S. to make this announcement and the first ever in Canada. On Friday, John Hancock Insurance said that it will be offering its policies to people who are…

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Canadian insurance company leads the way in anti-discrimination for suicide patients

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Desjardins Group has become the first insurer in the country to drop a controversial policy clause. The Desjardins Group insurance company in Canada has now become the first insurer in the country to drop a clause from its benefits plans that would deny benefit payments to policyholders who have self-inflicted injuries or who have attempted suicide. The changes to the employee benefits plan have become effective immediately and will apply to at least one client. At the start of this change, the changes made by the insurance company are taking…

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Life and disability insurance companies penalize women with postpartum depression

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As mental illness gains more awareness and people seek diagnosis and treatment, drawbacks are appearing. This year kicked off with the recommendation from a government-appointed panel that all new moms and pregnant women receive depression screenings, and while this move toward mental health care improved, drawbacks are being experienced by life and disability insurance customers. The move to help women to obtain assistance for maternal mental illness is being applauded as a much-needed step. Public health advocates have been very pleased that pregnant women and new moms will be better…

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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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Life insurance sales placed in suspension at Genworth Financial

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As the firm enters into restructuring plans, it has now ceased the sale of those policies until further notice. Genworth Financial Inc. has now announced the suspension of some of its life insurance product sales, after having posted a Q4 loss for 2015, which meant that it had continued to lose money throughout every quarter of that year. The company is now entering into restructuring plans in order to overcome its considerable financial challenges. As a result of this announcement and as the insurer begins the planning for its restructuring,…

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PolicyGenius establishes another foothold in the insurance industry through latest round of funding

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Company has raised $15 million in funding PolicyGenius, a comparison insurance brokerage based in Brooklyn, New York, has announced that it has raised $15 million in its latest round of funding. The funding will allow the company to extend its insurance comparison insurance services, allowing it to provide consumers with better access to price comparisons and quotes. PolicyGenius specializes in life insurance, long-term disability insurance, renters insurance, and pet insurance. Companies like PolicyGenius are beginning to find more success in various markets and the overall insurance industry is beginning to…

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Motorists Insurance and Enservio Sign Multi-Year Software Agreement

A multi-year contract for Enservio’s contents management SaaS application for all contents claims needs NEEDHAM, Mass. – January 12, 2016 – Enservio, Inc., a leading provider of contents claim management software, payments solutions, and inventory and valuation services for property insurers, today announced a multi-year agreement to provide The Motorists Insurance Group with ContentsExpress™, the leading self-service contents management solution, as well as onsite inventory and valuation services. Available as a web-based, SaaS subscription, ContentsExpress is the industry’s leading contents management solution trusted by hundreds of property insurance carriers nationwide.…

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