Dennis M. Baez Joins Berkley Construction Professional as Senior Vice President of Underwriting

Dennis M. Baez Joins Berkley Construction Professional as Senior Vice President of Underwriting

Morristown, N.J. (August 31, 2021) – Dennis M. Baez joins Berkley Construction Professional, a division of Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, as a senior vice president of underwriting. He is responsible for underwriting primary and excess business within the retail and wholesale insurance communities, fostering strong broker relationships and achieving profitable growth for Berkley Construction Professional’s contractors’ and owners’ professional liability portfolio. “Dennis’ extensive experience at several global leaders in insurance broking will help us better understand the professional liability needs of our customers and enable us to develop…

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Wawanesa reports a spike in fake insurance job postings

Insurance job postings - Fake

As insurers work hard to hire new talent, they are struggling with fraudsters in their way. Wawanesa has issued a news release cautioning people looking for insurance job postings that while insurers are typically hiring right now, there are many fraudsters out there looking to scam job hunters. Insurers have been a particular subject for scams having to do with employment opportunities. The scam insurance job postings mentioned in the Wawanesa report are described as attempting to trick job seekers into applying for what they think is a position with…

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

Home flame retardant - South Lake Tahoe

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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Almost three quarters of insurers charge fees or co-pays for COVID-19 insurance coverage

COVID-19 insurance - health insurance increase

An infection leading to hospitalization will now be more expensive to policyholders than it used to be. COVID-19 insurance coverage in a case of hospitalization will now come at a higher price even to those with a health plan due to increased co-pays and fees when compared to earlier in the pandemic. The Kaiser Family Foundation recorded that fewer insurers are waiving out of pocket costs. Researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that early in the pandemic, 88 percent of the largest American insurers voluntarily waved COVID-19 insurance out…

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New York state pushes insurance companies to provide faster storm claim response

Insurance companies - Home Insurance Claim

The remnants of Hurricane Ida brought record-breaking rain, flooding large parts of NYC. Insurance companies are braced for a massive wave of claims in New York following record-breaking rains left behind by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. State officials are calling for insurers to step up their processing, to help flood victims to recover more quickly from the damage they suffered. Large areas of New York City were submerged by the massive rainfall that came on fast. The New York State Department of Financial Services, which regulates insurance companies in…

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Allstate and USAA to provide insurance coverage for additional Ida expenses in Louisiana

Insurance coverage - Hurricane Evacuation Route

The two large insurers have responded to a call made by President Joe Biden for living costs. Allstate and USAA have responded to President Joe Biden’s call to insurers to provide additional insurance coverage in Louisiana for policyholders in the state affected by Hurricane Ida. The additional assistance is meant to help customers evacuated from their homes without specific orders. The insurance coverage is being extended to Louisiana residents who were evacuated from their homes ahead of the storm without being under specific mandatory evacuation orders. President Biden called for…

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California Supreme Court rules life insurance stoppage requires proper notice

Life Insurance Stoppage ruling California

This decision would restore policy premium payments to thousands of people across the state. The California Supreme Court has ruled that a life insurance grace period and other protections must be provided to consumers in the state before insurers are allowed to cut off coverage due to a missed payment. The ruling could restore life insurance payments to affected customers dating back to 2013. In 2013, the state governor at the time, Jerry Brown, signed a law that had passed without any opposition, ending the previous authority that life insurance…

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