Iowa makes insurance news for largest industry GDP in the US

Insurance news - Iowa highest GDP in US

The state is home to the headquarters of over 180 insurers and is thriving from this sector. Iowa is making unique insurance news this week as the state has been marked as receiving a higher percentage of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from that industry and the finance industry than any other state. This, according to a recent announcement from Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority director. With over 180 insurers headquartered in the state, this has become a critical part of its GDP. Iowa’s primary reputation hasn’t necessarily been…

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Terrorism insurance act may receive an extension in the US

terrorism insurance law

Senate panel unanimously approves extension of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act A U.S. Senate panel has approved the extension of the federal terrorism insurance initiative. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which was signed into law in 2002, created a backstop for insurance claims relating to acts of terrorism. This initiative is designed to mitigate the risks associated with terrorism occurring within the United States and provides coverage for businesses and any entity that is deemed eligible. A select few insurance companies are allowed to participate in the initiative by providing products…

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Insurance news made in case of shooting, faked death, and fraud

Insurance fraud

A Florida suspect of attempted murder who is now living in Canada has been declared legally dead. Alex Varga has found himself at the heart extremely curious insurance news headlines in a Florida case in which he was the suspect in a shooting, but where he fled the country until finally making his way to Canada, where he has discovered that his wife – still in Florida – had declared him dead in order to collect on his life policy. Varga will now likely never be tried for the shooting…

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Insurance news made with a new confirmed Medicare and Medicaid chief

Marilyn B. Tavenner

The acting chief has now been confirmed as the new confirmed head – the first in six and a half years. This week, the Senate has made insurance news with its approval of the nominee of President Obama for the chief of Medicare and Medicaid, Marilyn B. Tavenner, who has been acting chief until now. This is the first confirmed chief that has held this position in six and a half years. The vote in support of Tavenner in the Senate was 91 to 7, showing a widespread approval for…

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Drama washes over insurance industry as companies continue legal battles

Insurance Industry Legal Battles

Insurance industry still in turmoil after economic recession The controversies surrounding the U.S. insurance industry and its relation to the 2008 economic recession continue to prove to be an active battlefield. This week, AIG, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, has announced that it may pursue a lawsuit against Bank of America’s Countrywide insurance unit. The lawsuit accuses Countrywide of playing a role in the financial disaster. AIG was cleared to pursue this lawsuit after U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer approved of such action this week in Los Angeles,…

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