State Farm Ohio auto insurance rates to see 14.3 percent reduction

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Drivers in the state will be saving a total of $174.1 million per year from the decreased premiums. State Farm recently announced that it plans to implement another Ohio auto insurance rates reduction. It will slash premiums by an average of 14.3 percent, according to the statement issued on July 29. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was cited as the reason for the premiums cut. According to State Farm Insurance, “Driving behaviors across the country continue to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on current trends, State Farm is…

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Adequate unemployment insurance extension increases odds of finding “better jobs”

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A new study found that given more time, people are more likely to find employment suited to qualifications. Unemployed workers are more likely to find “better” jobs to suit their qualifications with an unemployment insurance extension, say new study results. This research indicates the opposite effect suggested in arguments made by Republican leaders. The Congressional debates over the next coronavirus stimulus package include the type of unemployment insurance extension that will be employed. Republican leaders have been cautioning against the added $600 per week in federal benefits for those who…

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Morgan Stanley insurance offerings move into P&C coverage

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The firm’s partner brokers will be offering wealthy clients these new coverage products. Morgan Stanley insurance products now include a range of P&C products designed for high net worth clients and their families. The brokerage has partnered with Marsh Private Clients Services, HUB International, and Willis Towers Watson to add to its available products. Support for the brokerage’s insurance clients will be provided through “dedicated service teams.” According to Barron’s, “dedicated service teams” will provide Morgan Stanley insurance customers with service. Clients will also be able to benefit from a…

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Reproductive health care coverage is shrinking due to widespread job losses

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The pandemic crisis job losses are especially hard on younger women and women of color. The immediate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is clearer to see than issues such as shrinking access to reproductive health care coverage. Young women and women of color are being hit hardest by job losses and therefore coverage loss. Health plans are linked to employment for approximately half of Americans. This means that any of those 160 million people who lose their jobs also risk losing their health plans and, therefore, their reproductive health…

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NAIC to address US insurance industry racism and discrimination

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A special committee has been formed in order to specifically focus on Race and Insurance. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has announced that it has created a special committee to address insurance industry racism and discrimination. NAIC is seeking to improve the way its systems and coverage reflect and protect society. “Our regulatory system and insurance in general is a reflection of the society it aims to protect, and while state insurance regulators have worked to eliminate overt discrimination and racism, we all have been increasingly aware that…

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Massachusetts insurance enrollment remains strong as unemployment spikes

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The state has the country’s worst unemployment rate, but residents are keeping up their coverage. Massachusetts insurance enrollment has remained strong despite the state’s unemployment rate, which is currently the worst in the United States. New data has revealed that despite losing their jobs, consumers have kept their health plans. The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) revealed new data last week which showed that overall Massachusetts insurance enrollment stayed essentially stable through May. At that time, there were more than 6.4 million residents of the state covered by…

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Kentucky health insurance marketplace prepares to restart

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The state intends to restart Kynect, its own exchange allowing residents to enroll in plans. Governor Andy Beshear has announced the state’s intention to reopen Kynect, the Kentucky health insurance marketplace. The exchange makes it possible for residents who don’t have coverage through an employer to enroll in a plan or sign up for Medicaid if they are eligible. The exchange was originally dismantled in 2017 by former Governor Matt Bevin. Kentucky Voices for Health director of policy advocacy Cara Stewart explained that state residents who want to purchase coverage…

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