State farm fire prevention project tests electrical wiring sensors for problems

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The insurance company is sending homeowners sensors in a pilot testing for electrical defects. A new State Farm fire prevention program pilot has launched. It will use sensors to detect electrical wiring hazards in 40,000 homes in California, Texas, and Arizona. The goal is to provide consumers with a way to prevent electrical wiring fires and measure savings. The State Farm fire prevention pilot will send the sensors to the homeowners to measure customer acceptance and potential savings if the program were to be broadened. The insurer’s vice president and…

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The percentage of kids without Pennsylvania health insurance is rising

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The trend had been steady in 2018, but the segment of uninsured children in the state has climbed. In 2018, Pennsylvania health insurance data showed that the rate of uninsured kids had been holding study. However, last year, showed that the trend broke and more children were going without coverage. There are concerns that this situation could worsen as families face COVID-19 pandemic fallout. The Pennsylvania health insurance uninsured rate among children aged 18 years and younger hit 4.6 percent. That grew by 0.2 percent from 2018 and 2019, according…

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Cost of workers’ compensation in US falling, but coverage is on its way up

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A new report compared data over the years following 2014 and showed the coverage is improving. The cost of workers’ compensation in the United States is steadily dropping, even as the coverage it provides appears to be rising. The Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Costs, and Coverage report examined data from 2018, comparing it with updated data for 2014 through 2017. This was conducted by the National Academy of Social insurance and the data is publicly available. This is the 23rd consecutive year for the report on the cost of workers’ compensation.…

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Life insurance industry gap revealed among Black Americans, says survey

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Recent research shows that there is a racial gap in this coverage as a result of several trends. For centuries, Black Americans have viewed life insurance policy ownership in terms of a singular purpose: covering the cost of burial. According to a recent Forbes article, this ongoing trend is indicative of a race-based gap in the industry. For many years, the industry has promoted purchasing small policies just big enough for funeral costs. That life insurance policy ownership trend didn’t start winding down until this century, said the report. “For…

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Pandemic-reduced Progressive auto insurance rates are getting hiked

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As more drivers head back out onto the road again, the insurer is increasing the cost of coverage again. When the pandemic hit, sending drivers across Illinois home and leaving their cars in their driveways, Progressive auto insurance rates were lowered by about 10 percent. That said, drivers are heading back out again, and their premiums are also starting to rise. The insurer is increasing its rates by 4.2 percent for the majority of its customers in Illinois. The new Progressive auto insurance rates were filed with the Illinois Department…

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Health care importance is high in the American Presidential Vote

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77 percent of survey respondents said this was a significant factor and 35 percent said it was critical. The results of a recent survey have revealed the health care importance when voting for the next US president. The survey was conducted by Insure.com and discussed the connection between this factor and the country’s politics. Over three quarters of the survey’s respondents felt that it was a significant election issue this year. At the highest level of health care importance was reducing the costs, said the participants in the survey. The…

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Progressive life insurance may be a future move, says CEO

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The insurer is looking into moving into a new market as the CEO says there is “more to come.” It may not be too long before Progressive life insurance becomes a product available to consumers in the United States. Though the move is far from confirmed, the insurer’s CEO has indicated that it is being considered. “We actually are considering that,” said Tricia Griffith, chief executive officer, when asked about the potential for Progressive life insurance in the future. “We have a life-insurance company filed in Ohio. More to come…

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