Covered California enrollment nearly triples compared to last year

Covered California Enrollment

The state-sponsored health plan sign-ups have sharply spiked over the last three weeks. Covered California enrollment has spiked sharply as more than 58,000 state residents have signed up over the last three weeks. This represents a rise of almost three times the number of people enrolled when compared to the same time in 2019. Officials gave state residents an extension on the sign-up period to help with coverage in the outbreak. The Covered California enrollment period was extended from January to June. The purpose was to make it possible for…

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Business insurance policyholders covered by Farmers to receive added relief

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The insurer said it would be offering added relief to 115,000 customers in certain sectors. Farmers has announced its intention to provide relief to over 115,000 of its business insurance policyholders. The insurer is using its Farmers Cares initiative to provide added support to customers facing struggles from COVID-19. The Farmers Cares initiative is focused on business insurance policyholders in the office, retail, restaurant and service sectors. Those are among the areas most powerfully hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. To boost relief to those companies, the insurer will be providing…

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Arkansas places moratorium on tornado insurance policies to protect homeowners

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The 60-day moratorium stops insurers from being able to cancel coverage to residents affected by Saturday’s twister. The Arkansas Insurance Department has issued a 60-day moratorium on the cancellation of tornado insurance policies. This move was made following the Jonesboro tornado that ripped through homes, a mall and other buildings. This is meant to stop insurers from cancelling coverage of affected Craighead County residents. Residents affected by the Jonesboro twister cannot have their tornado insurance policies cancelled due to non-payment for another 60 days. That said, it is only affected…

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CFCEF petitions California auto insurance companies to lower rates or issue refunds

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Non-profit consumer advocate, Consumer Federation of California Education Foundation launched the action. The Consumer Federation of California Education Foundation (CFCEF) has petition the state insurance commissioner to require California auto insurance companies to reduce their rates, issue credits, or issue refunds. The CFCEF says that insurers in the state have been making massive profits at the expense of drivers. The CFCEF’s petition accused California auto insurance companies of “making windfall profits” as a result of the stay-at-home requirements in the state. Those orders were made on March 19, keeping millions…

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Lighthouse Property to acquire Prepared Insurance of Florida

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The acquisition remains subject to official regulatory review as well as approval before it is finalized. Prepared Insurance of Florida, a domiciled P & C carrier in that state and Louisiana is to be acquired by Lighthouse Property Insurance Co. of Louisiana. This move doesn’t come as a surprise as efforts have been made for the acquisition since 2017. Lighthouse is authorized to write coverage in Louisiana as well as North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Prepared Insurance of Florida is authorized for writing in Florida as well Louisiana. The…

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US health insurance gaps may accelerate COVID-19 spread

US health insurance gaps - COVID-19 Testing

Over 27 million people across the United States lack coverage, which can reduce testing and treatment. The substantial US health insurance gaps that remain across the country could feed the spread of the novel coronavirus. As about 9 percent of the American population – around 27 million people – lack a health plan, testing and treatment comes with a cost they may not be able to afford. Without coverage people may delay going to get tested or treated or they may not do it at all. In the state of…

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Lloyd’s of London backs new Coincover cryptocurrency insurance for online wallets

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The coverage is meant to protect digital currency owners against theft from being hacked. Lloyd’s of London is now backing a new type of cryptocurrency insurance policy meant to help protect owners of online wallets against theft resulting from hacks. The coverage is sold by crypto “lifestyle” service provider, Coincover. Atrium, a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate, is underwriting the cryptocurrency insurance, according to an announcement made by Coincover last weekend. The coverage is being defined as a new form of liability policy. It functions dynamically with a limit that rises and…

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