Thousands without Louisiana flood insurance risk financial devastation

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Uninsured residents may face overwhelming losses as a result of the rising floodwaters in the state. Thousands of people who don’t have Louisiana flood insurance are now risking considerable financial losses. While they aren’t without any assistance, the lack of coverage will mean significant out of pocket expenses. Many of the people whose houses are underwater have never had the slightest problem with flooding before. FEMA and other organizations will be prepared to provide a certain amount of assistance to the uninsured. These organizations are designed to help people such…

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New auto insurance monitoring system has come to Louisiana

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Monitoring system aims to ensure that police can enforce insurance requirements A new auto insurance monitoring system has been put to effect in some parts of Louisiana. The system is meant to be used by law enforcement to ensure that drivers have the coverage they need in effect. Per law, all drivers must have their vehicles insured. This coverage lapses when they do not pay their premiums, but it can take some time for this information to update through conventional channels. The new system will help police better enforce the…

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Louisiana recovers funds from homeowners insurance providers, as well as others

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State agency recovers $5.1 million in insurance claims throughout 2015, resolving consumer complaints The Louisiana Department of Insurance has announced that it has recovered some $5.1 million in insurance claims in 2015. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon notes that state regulators have been working with representatives from several insurance companies to resolve complaints associated with a wide range of coverage. The majority of the funds recovered by state regulators have been recovered from the property/casualty sector, as well as the health insurance sector. According to the Department of Insurance, more than…

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Auto insurance fines create controversy in Louisiana

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Office of Motor Vehicles sends more than 1 million letters to drivers for lapsed insurance coverage The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has sent out more than 1 million letters to drivers, seeking to collect some $400 million in fines associated with lapsed auto insurance coverage. These letters were sent to approximately 550,000 Louisiana drivers, many of whom have more than one vehicle, or were unable to insure their vehicles for a period of time. Some drivers are facing fines as high as $656 for driving without auto insurance coverage.…

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Homeowners insurance rates in Texas are set to spike yet again

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Homeowners in Texas will see an increase in their insurance premiums next year Residents of Texas are seeing their homeowners insurance premiums grow. The state is home to the third highest homeowners insurance rates in the United States, with the average annual premium being $1,745. The Texas Department of Insurance notes that these premiums have grown by more than 26% between 2010 and 2014. Only Florida and Louisiana have higher homeowners insurance premiums, on average. For some homeowners, premiums are growing by a greater margin than what others are seeing.…

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Auto insurance fines spark controversy in Louisiana

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Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles aims to collect on fines that are decades old Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is taking aim at the state’s Office of Motor Vehicles. Last week, the agency issued notifications to consumers throughout the state, seeking to recoup millions of dollars in fines for auto insurance lapses. A significant portion of these fines are quite old, with some coming from violations dating back as far as 1986. Notices issued to consumers caused an outcry, which got the attention of the Louisiana Department of Insurance. State…

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Commissioner Donelon seeks extension on deadline for flood insurance claims

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Commissioner petitions FEMA to extend insurance claims filing period Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is petitioning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the deadline for homeowners to submit flood insurance claims. The vast majority of homeowners in the state receive their flood protection from the National Flood Insurance Program and per the provisions of the program these people are required to submit proof of loss forms within 60 days after a flood. This may be a problem for homeowners, however, as many have reported needing more time to…

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