Cat takes this year’s Nationwide pet insurance weirdest claim prize

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The injured animal has become the 2019 winner of the insurer’s annual Hambone Award. Though everybody thinks their own animal stories are weird, Nationwide pet insurance uses its claims and consumer votes to discover whose is the weirdest each year. This year, policyholder Andrea Brannen’s cat, Minnow, took the top prize for weirdest insurance claim. As reported last week on Live Insurance News, the Hambone Award at Nationwide pet insurance is awarded to the dog or cat with the strangest claim in the previous 12 months. The award was named…

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A million Nationwide Insurance customers get an Amazon Echo Auto

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This new partnership will double the current user base of the online marketplace’s in-car device user base. In September, Nationwide Insurance announced its intentions to give Amazon Auto Echo devices to one million customers. These devices were to be issued to new and existing qualifying car insurance policyholders. At the same time, the insurer announced three additional Nationwide Insurance Alexa Skill features. Nationwide Insurance Alexa Skill first launched back in 2016. The Echo Auto giveaway is meant to help promote this program. It also places the spotlight on the new…

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Nationwide Insurance prepares to name the Hambone Award 2019 winner

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The insurer holds this event every year and has asked the public to vote on the weirdest pet related claim. Nationwide is holding its Hambone Award 2019 event and has asked the public to vote on the top strange pet insurance claim of the year. The insurer’s award is an annual event that honours the pet with the weirdest insurance claim. The Hambone Award 2019 already has its finalists, but the winner has yet to be named. The award started in 2009. It was named after the first winner, which…

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Nationwide announces the launch of a new digital insurance platform

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The insurer has made the move in order to respond to a rising trend of consumer digital expectations. Nationwide has announced the launch of a new digital insurance platform. This has been a long awaited move by the company, which is responding to the growing need for digital options from a new generation of consumers. The new digital platform is called Spire, and it will officially launch before this year is complete. The Fortune 100 giant, based in Columbus, Ohio intends to make its digital insurance platform available to its…

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Cat and dog obesity rate rises for seventh consecutive year

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As pets become increasingly overweight, insurance claims connected to excess weight keep climbing. Among humans, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is weight loss, but the new cat and dog obesity rates should likely have pet owners doing the same for their furry family members. For the seventh straight year, the obesity rates among our most beloved pets are on the rise. Cat and dog obesity isn’t just a matter of the way they look. As is the case with people, obesity places them at risk of a…

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California wildfire loss totals grow among insurance companies

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Nationwide has already revealed that it expects to face a loss greater than $1.3 billion from the state’s fires. Nationwide Insurance has announced that it predicts its California wildfire loss will be more than $1.3 billion. Blazes ripped through the state in October and another sparked near Los Angeles, forcing evacuations in Ventura County as the fires reach the Pacific Ocean. The Tubbs wildfire alone generated a loss of what is expected to be about $1.2 billion, with other fires adding. That California wildfire loss only grew with the Atlas…

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Bullmastiff that ate a spatula wins weirdest pet insurance claim award

A dog from Lake Charles, Louisiana won the award by consuming the kitchen utensil. A Nationwide pet insurance claim involving a dog that ate a spatula might have been scary at the time, but ended up being an award-winning tale. The owners of the unfortunate pooch were relieved to have an insurance policy to pay for their dog’s care. The Lake Charles, Louisiana bullmastiff won the insurer’s most unusual pet insurance claim of the year award for 2017. This was certainly good news after the poor dog was required to…

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