Homeowners insurance market in Louisiana has healed, says Commissioner

Hurricane Katrina Flood Damage homeowners insurance

According to Jim Donelon, this marketplace has now finally rebounded from Hurricane Katrina. Since Hurricane Katrina and the massive devastation that it left behind, Louisiana has managed to come a very long way in revitalizing its tourism, real estate, and homeowners insurance markets, according to a recent statement from the state’s commissioner, Jim Donelon. The state’s “insurance market has rebounded and flourished” since that terrible time in its past. When Hurricane Katrina smashed through Louisiana in 2005, it left $25 billion in insured losses behind, following 725,000 claims in that…

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Homeowners insurance will likely not be impacted by Isaac

Homeowners flood Insurance hurricane sandy damage

It isn’t likely that premiums will change due to the hurricane in Louisiana. According to Louisiana’s insurance commissioner, Jim Donelon, the odds that hurricane Isaac will have any impact on the premiums paid by residents of the state in order to cover their homes is very slim. Donelon stated that it is now estimated that insured damage from Isaac will total $500 million to $1.5 billion. Hurricane Katrina was by far the most costly in terms of homeowners insurance costs. It brought in a total of $25 billion in damages. Rita…

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Citizens Property Insurance board places $102.8 million settlement on the table

The board of directors from the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has offered a settlement worth $102.8 million to the 25,000 policyholders in the state, who have been arguing that the agency took too long in their claims adjustment process following 2005’s Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The offer was made following the board’s 12-0 vote at a public meeting, following a 2 and a half hour discussion that addressed the litigation. The settlement included an offer to pay $92.8 million to the 18,563 people who took part in the Geraldine…

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Louisiana Supreme Court reinstates suit against states Citizens Property Insurance group

The Louisiana Supreme Court has voted to reinstate a $92.8 million suit against the state’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. this week. The suit originated in early 2006 and claims that the state-run insurance organization was intentionally slow in adjusting insurance claims resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The 24th Judicial District Court had awarded some 18,000 homeowners with roughly $5,000 after hearing the case. The action, however, violated state law and put the suit on hold for some time. The ruling has found a staunch enemy in the state’s Insurance…

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Louisiana insurance rebates remain unclaimed by policyholders eligible to claim the money

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says that $270 million in insurance rebates still remains unclaimed by policyholders this week. Late last month, Donelon issued a notice to policyholders explaining that they could be eligible for rebates. Thus far, however, no one has come forward looking to claim their share of the money. If the funds remain unclaimed, the state may seek to take control of the money. Such a move would only be possible if the state’s Legislature passes new laws regarding the matter. The money was recovered from property/casualty…

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Federal officials ready to debate health insurance rate increase of 10% or more

U.S. officials are getting ready to debate whether or not increases in the rates for health insurance of 10 percent or more were excessive within seven states which have rate review processes that have been labeled ineffective.  The rate review systems for Louisiana, Alabama, Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Missouri, as well as four territories have been deemed to be insufficient by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). The CCIIO is a branch of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   According to the CCIIO, federal officials, under…

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State Farm of Louisiana seeks approval for rate hikes on homeowner’s policies

Insurance regulators in Louisiana are fielding a rate increase proposal from the state’s largest provider of home insurance, State Farm. The insurer is seeking approval to boost their premiums on homeowner’s policies by an average of 8.5%. According to the state’s Insurance Department, the rate increase will affect more than 300,000 policyholders and would net the insurer an additional $32.7 million in premiums annually. State Farm is pushing for approval and is planning on enacting the new rates on existing policies beginning October 1st. In March, State Farm submitted a…

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