California auto insurance claims 40 percent higher than pre-pandemic

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Mercury Insurance has reported the spike in its comprehensive car claims compared to pre-COVID-19. Comprehensive California auto insurance claims have taken off after a lull during the worst of the pandemic and have reached a point considerably higher than pre-COVID-19 levels. Vandals and thieves have been particularly active in recent months, driving claim numbers skywards. Mercury Insurance has observed this massive growth in California auto insurance claims when compared to pre-pandemic levels. Though the increase in vandalism and theft started with the lockdowns, they have grown even higher following the…

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Mercury adds MercuryGO to Arizona auto insurance products

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The insurer has been expanding its usage-based coverage app to let good driving habits lead to savings. Mercury has announced that it is taking its next steps into new states with its MercuryGO app, bringing it into the Arizona auto insurance market. The idea behind the app is to let a driver’s safe behaviors behind the wheel generate discounts. That said, beyond rewarding good drivers with lower Arizona auto insurance premiums, it also provides additional features. Those features are meant to help boost driver awareness of safer habits to help…

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New NFIP rating system has now taken effect

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The National Flood Insurance Program’s newest changes started on October 1. The changes made to the rating system for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) went into effect as of October 1, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) implemented its Risk Rate 2.0. At the start of this month, the premiums paid by policyholders in this program start being impacted. The precise change in NFIP premiums under the new Risk Rate 2.0 depends on many factors. According to FEMA reports, there are several changes made to premiums calculations that…

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Amazon to sell business insurance in the United Kingdom

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The marketplace has announced its intentions to begin selling to small- and medium-sized companies. Amazon.com Inc. has announced that it will begin selling business insurance to small- and medium-sized companies in the United Kingdom. This represents the first step the tech giant has taken into that market in the UK. The business insurance coverage will become available to members of Amazon’s Business Prime program. Those members will be able to purchase policies from Superscript that will include coverage such as contents, professional indemnity, and cyber. According to a spokesperson from…

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Mississippi Senator Pushes for One Year National Flood Insurance Program Extension

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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is seeking legislation to extend NFIP for another year beyond September 30. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is approaching its expiry date on September 30, but Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is pushing for legislation that will provide another year’s extension. Over five million American families and businesses rely on NFIP protection, many of which are in the state. More than 60 thousand people in Senator Hyde-Smith’s home state depend on National Flood Insurance Program coverage. The senator is one of the NFIP Extension Act of 2021…

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Many South Lake Tahoe residents can apply home flame retardant with insurer help

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Several insurance companies are hoping to support their customers with fire prevention spray. South Lake Tahoe residents in many neighborhoods threatened by the Caldor Fire have been watching trucks driving around offering home flame retardant spray. The All-Risk Shield product is being offered as additional exterior protection against wildfires. The company’s crew members are applying the home flame retardant product on the vegetation surrounding the homes to help reduce the risk of flames traveling to structures such as houses and garages. Moreover, the service isn’t paid entirely out-of-pocket by the…

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issues notices to insurers over wildfires

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Insurers have been advised to cease their cancellations and non-renewals in wildfire affected communities. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has issued notices to homeowners’ insurance companies regarding the cessation of cancellations and non-renewals in communities suffering wildfire emergencies. Lara’s notices have advised insurers to stop such behaviors or risk violating Californian law. The notices from the California Insurance Commissioner have to do with homeowners and renters’ policies in communities located near the state’s many major wildfires. Those communities will be identified by state Governor Gavin Newsom in emergency declarations. According…

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