Insurance fraud fighting gets a boost in North Carolina

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The state’s Insurance Department has added 15 agents to its team of scam hunters. The North Carolina Department of Insurance has announced the expansion of its insurance fraud investigation team. Fifteen new special agents will take part in criminal investigations. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey made the announcement. The additional insurance fraud investigating team members have doubled the previous size of the department, said Causey. The N.C. Insurance Commissioner has implemented a new strategy for eliminating scams and fraudulent activities involving insurance in North Carolina. The expansion of the…

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North Carolina homeowners insurance rate hike paused for now

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The NC insurance commissioner declined the price increase for the moment, but the halt is temporary. A recent request for a North Carolina homeowners insurance rate hike has been declined. This saves state residents from having to pay an average of 18.7 percent more for their home coverage. That said, the reprieve from the increased prices is only a temporary one as the rates will eventually rise. In the state, its commissioner must approve any North Carolina homeowners insurance rate changes. Though the industry requested the rate hike, it was…

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Will 1.4 million people lose their health insurance plans in 2017?

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As insurers withdraw from many exchanges, many Americans may find themselves scrambling for new coverage. A new study revealed that the impact of insurers stepping out of the Obamacare marketplaces could leave many Americans without health insurance plans. In fact, as many as 1.4 million people could lose their coverage and have to replace it by 2017. The states expected to be affected the most by insurance company withdrawal are North Carolina and Florida. Over the last few months, a rash of large health insurance companies have stepped out of…

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Health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield may face fines in North Carolina

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North Carolina Department of Insurance may issue fines against Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Cross Blue Shield may be facing significant fines in North Carolina due to “unprecedented administrative failures,” according to the state’s Insurance Commissioner, Wayne Goodwin. The Commissioner intends to levy the maximum permissible fines against the health insurance provider as the insurers goes into its third month of enrollment and billing issues. The North Carolina Department of Insurance claims that it has received more than 8,700 calls and 1,900 formal complaints concerning Blue Cross Blue Shield this…

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More North Carolina businesses are offering health insurance coverage

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Employer-sponsored coverage is becoming more common, but only slightly More businesses in North Carolina have begun to offer their employees health insurance coverage, but this has only increased by a slight degree since 2010. In North Carolina, nearly half of all consumers below the age of 65 currently receive employer-sponsored insurance coverage. Since 2010, this has risen by less than 1%, while other states have seen a greater increase in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services has highlighted this issue. Number…

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Consumers may need to shop around to find the best deal on their health insurance coverage

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Insurance premiums are growing and consumers may be paying too much if they stick with their current policies With health insurance exchanges now open for business throughout the United States, consumers are being urged to shop around for the insurance coverage that they need. Insurers offering policies through exchanges will be increasing premiums for 2016 coverage. Some will be doing so by a significant margin, while others will be raising premiums by a modest degree. In order to find the best coverage at affordable rates, Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the…

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Moped insurance mandate in North Carolina gets Senate panel support

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Lawmakers in the state have now required that riders start to register their vehicles in July. A Senate panel in North Carolina has now laid down the requirement that will bring the state one step closer to mandated moped insurance as riders of the devices will need to register their vehicles as of next year. These small engine bicycles will soon be included among the vehicles that will require insurance. Last week, a Senate committee agreed with a House bill that said that a moped insurance requirement would also go…

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North Carolina legislation could reduce auto insurance premiums

House committee approves legislation to provide restricted licenses to undocumented residents A legislation approved by a North Carolina House Finance Committee could make auto insurance premiums lower for drivers in the state. The legislation would grant limited driving privileges to undocumented immigrants. These people would be required to have auto insurance coverage, as mandated by the federal government and state law, and the influx of new consumers could be good news for other drivers in the state. Insurance rates could go down by a modest degree because of the new…

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Homeowners insurance sector may be in for some changes in North Carolina

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Legislation aims to bring about significant changes to the homeowners insurance sector Major changes could be coming to the homeowners insurance sector in North Carolina. A new legislation, called the Property Insurance Fairness Act, has managed to make its way through the first few steps of the legislative process, making its way through the state’s House of Representatives. Lawmakers supporting the bill are looking for ways to mitigate the impact of what are known as “once in a century storms,” major events that can cause significant damage to properties. Legislation…

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North Carolina auto insurance tax will contribute to roadway maintenance

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Higher taxes for gasoline and a range of other fees will help to keep the highways in the state paved. North Carolina has had to come up with a new plan to pay for the construction and maintenance of highways in the state, and it has now rolled out a plan that will use taxes on gasoline and auto insurance as well as increased vehicle fees in order to help to ensure that the funds that are needed will be available. The reason that the additional revenue streams are required…

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