Pandemic insurance losses were bigger than what Lloyd’s of London expected

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The cost on a global scale for 2020 will be greater than what the insurance marketplace estimated. Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairperson at Lloyd’s of London, announced that the global pandemic insurance losses this year will be higher than what they had previously estimated. Sixteen different business insurance lines are facing claims at the 334-year-old Lloyd’s of London. Chairperson Carnegie-Brown recently spoke at the Reuters Events Future of Insurance USA conference. There, he stated that the pandemic insurance losses would be comparable with the price tag associated with the catastrophes that struck…

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Health insurance plan coverage for 5 million Californians at risk

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Legal experts indicate that the ACA is likely to survive but a ruling may not occur until spring 2021. If the US Supreme Court decides to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance plan coverage among Californians could face the biggest risk in the country. Millions of people across the state rely on billions in federal funds to afford their policies. The state has implemented a spectrum of forms of health insurance plan coverage and programs since Obamacare went into place. These include initiatives that expand well beyond the…

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New York Department of Financial Services issues insurance company fines to 4 insurers

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Allstate, State Farm, AIG Property Casualty Company, and Tri-State Consumer Insurance must all pay over $10.6 million. A ruling has been issued for a lawsuit the New York Department of Financial Services filed against four insurers has resulted in fines of more than $10 million in insurance company fines for customer restitution. The lawsuit was filed following the violation of insurance statutes and regulations in the state. The NY State Department of Financial Service Superintendent Linda A Lacewell made the announcement of the lawsuit against the insurers. The affected insurers…

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Insurers brace for a spike in Halloween insurance claims

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This holiday has become one of the traditions leading to a spectrum of filings on many policy types. Halloween insurance claims have been climbing with each passing year. Despite the impact of the pandemic, it is still expected to cause filings to rise. Insurers are getting ready to receive the calls for vandalism, theft, and crashes. On this holiday in 2016 through 2019, Statista data showed that 70 percent of Americans intended to take part in celebrations on this day. The COVID-19 pandemic is holding back the celebrations, but 58…

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US life insurance has become a “panic buy” due to pandemic

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Experts say that people are buying this coverage out of a fear of death and increased awareness of financial risk. US life insurance is experiencing a considerable rise in popularity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers, young adults in particular, have been purchasing coverage at elevated levels. Since the spring, US life insurance companies have been recording notably higher sales levels than they were at the same time in 2019. The trend has taken off as young adults have seen that thousands of Americans were dying from COVID-19 related illness.…

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Allstate and Liberty Mutual provide Lyft driver insurance in several states

The insurers are offering coverage to the rideshare company’s drivers in states including California. Lyft driver insurance is now available in a handful of different states through Allstate and Liberty mutual, including in California and Texas. Effective as of the start of this month, Allstate has started selling this commercial auto coverage. October 1 brought Allstate’s Lyft driver insurance to California Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia. The policies are issued by an Allstate subsidiary called North Light Specialty Insurance Co and are managed by Allstate Business Insurance. This commercial auto coverage is provided specifically throughout the Lyft trip’s entire cycle. It begins when a driver turns on the app, continues through until they pick up their customer, and runs until the completion of the trip. Allstate automatically protects riders at no additional cost when they are in a Lyft driver’s vehicle. The extent of the coverage varies from one state to the next and from one period of engagement to the next. This may extend to property damage and bodily injury liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage. It is subject to deductibles, policy terms and conditions. Until now, Lyft driver insurance has essentially meant a reliance on a personal auto policy. That coverage is still applicable when the driver is offline or has not turned on the app. Some Allstate customers who drive for transportation network companies (TNC) also add additional ridesharing coverage, for instance the Ride for Hire coverage through Allstate. That protects them above and beyond what their personal auto policy would provide and what TNC commercial coverage protects. Drivers in Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas and Utah can now purchase their rideshare coverage through Liberty Mutual Insurance. That insurer’s program provides coverage specific to the needs of Lyft drivers within those states from the moment the app turns on to the moment it turns off. Lyft vice president of risk, Curtis Scott, explained that the new Allstate and Liberty Mutual Lyft driver insurance policies are a reflection of the rideshare company’s efforts to widen their coverage partnerships and form an auto carrier panel that will make it possible for the company to make sure there is claims handling specifically for this unique type of operation.

The insurers are offering coverage to the rideshare company’s drivers in states including California. Lyft driver insurance is now available in a handful of different states through Allstate and Liberty mutual, including in California and Texas. Effective as of the start of this month, Allstate has started selling this commercial auto coverage. October 1 brought Allstate’s Lyft driver insurance to California Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia. The policies are issued by an Allstate subsidiary called North Light Specialty Insurance Co and are managed by Allstate Business…

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Delaware dental insurance plan begins for low-income adults

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October 1 marked the start of the additional coverage as a part of Medicaid across the state. Starting yesterday, adults in Delaware who receive Medicaid will automatically receive a dental insurance plan as a part of their coverage. Governor John Carney signed the legislation to make this possible back in August 2019. The dental insurance plan was originally scheduled to be added to Delaware’s Medicaid in April 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed things until October 1, instead. Therefore, as of yesterday, people aged 19 through 65 years old who…

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