Michigan auto insurance to undergo substantial changes throughout 2020

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High rates have been a source of contention in the state where drivers pay more than the rest of the country. High Michigan auto insurance rates and how to overcome them has been a controversial topic in the state for decades. In the second half of the year, premiums are likely to fall due to a number of changes in the state. This year, when policies renew on and after July 1, vehicle owners will see a change in those rates they’ve been complaining about for many years. According to…

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NY travel insurance is undergoing a transformation in the face of COVID-19

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State governor Andrew Cuomo is allowing Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage. NY travel insurance is undergoing some significant changes as directed by state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Governor Cuomo has announced that insurers are now permitted to sell Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policies to both residents and businesses. This move is meant to help insurance companies respond to traveler needs as COVID-19 spreads. People around the world have become nervous about booking travel plans due to the uncertainty regarding the spread of the coronavirus. In order to help…

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Washington insurance companies must wave coronavirus testing deductibles and copays

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The state’s insurance commissioner ordered insurers not to charge policyholders for that service. Washington’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has ordered insurers not to charge coronavirus testing deductibles and copays for policyholders who need it. State residents who need to be tested will not need to pay for any part of that test. Kreidler initially announced the new coronavirus testing coverage requirement at a news conference last Thursday. He stated that insurance companies would not be permitted to charge their customers deductibles or copays when the policyholder needs to be tested.…

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Six states and DC sue Trump administration over abortion insurance coverage mandate

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser called the separate billing policy an administrative nightmare. Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over an abortion insurance coverage billing mandate. This regulation requires insurers to submit a second, separate invoice for reproductive health care. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy became effective last Tuesday. The new HHS mandate applies to states that permit insurers on their individual exchanges to sell reproductive health and abortion insurance coverage. The lawsuit is led by California and was…

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No-fault auto insurance system debate returns to Florida House

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Replacement legislation would remove personal-injury protection in favor of bodily injury coverage. Once again, Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system has made its way back to the House and faces potential demise. This, despite concerns voiced by the industry suggesting that this move by the Legislature may not reduce premiums. Critics warn that removing the current system risks increasing health insurance rates and lawsuit numbers. Earlier this week, the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee backed HB 771. That measure would replace the current mandatory components of the no-fault auto insurance system…

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US lawmakers aim to stop DNA test results from access by insurance companies

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Millions of Americans are using services to examine their genetic backgrounds. Over 26 million people across the United States have used voluntary services to obtain DNA test results. Now, lawmakers are moving to protect those same consumers against a federal legal loophole. The legal loophole would permit certain insurance companies to connect customer genetic data. Florida lawmakers have already launched the first step to shut that loophole. The goal is to protect consumers from being required to provide their DNA test results if they do not want to. Using genetic…

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Judge gives the nod to Pacific Gas and Electric $24.5 billion plan

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Two settlements have received approval, one for the victims of the wildfires and one for insurance companies. A San Francisco federal bankruptcy judge has approved two settlements from Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. for its role in the 2018 wildfires in Northern California. The two settlements total $24.5 billion and acknowledge PG&E equipment sparked several fires. The two settlements from Pacific Gas and Electric Corp are for the victims of the fires that devastated regions throughout Northern California, as well as the insurance companies that were required to pay wildfire…

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