Property insurance expansion approved by Colorado legislature

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The decision was made to provide immediate and practical assistance due to wildfire losses. Victims of Colorado’s wildfires could soon benefit from more assistance from their property insurance companies as the state’s legislature recently approved changes. The goal is to provide policyholders and victims of the wildfires with immediate and substantial help. Should House Bill 1111 be signed into law, it will mean that the number of lost property insurance companies will be required to provide upfront coverage and to lengthen the timeframe victims have in which to apply for…

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DeSantis calls special session for Florida property insurance

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Many have called the state’s current situation a crisis as insurers fold and withdraw coverage. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he is calling a special legislature session to address the widespread property insurance struggles faced in the state. The Republican state governor said that the special session will be taking place in May. DeSantis said that the special legislative session will occur in May. Its primary focus will be on the “reform of the property insurance market” and may also focus on a number of other topics. He…

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California Commissioner Lara places green investment onus on insurance companies

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A new report detailed how insurers have funded fossil fuel companies and the impact it has had. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara recently released a report and webpage in which he detailed the investments insurance companies have made into fossil fuel. The report and webpage are components of the commissioner’s broader efforts by the Commissioner. Commissioner Lara has used this report on investments into fossil fuels by insurance companies as a part of his broader strategy to protect Californian consumers from the impact of climate change. The state is making…

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Insurance commissioners establish new climate risk reporting for insurers

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NAIC announced that 15 states have adopted a new way for these risks to be reported. The spring meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in Kansas City, Missouri, came with an announcement that 15 regulators have adopted a new standard for insurers to use to report risks related to climate change. The bipartisan initiative was led by California’s Ricardo Lara and Florida’s David Altmaier. This initiative led by the California and Florida insurance commissioners complemented the Internal Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The standard of…

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Florida property insurance could get special legislative session

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Lawmakers are calling for the opportunity to work on this critical state in the issue. Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has formally asked his colleagues to support the call he made to hold a special legislative session to focus on the Florida property insurance crisis. The state has been losing insurers as they withdraw or go into liquidation. “We can no longer wait on this issue,” said Brandes, who issued a “template letter” to his colleagues so those lawmakers could send it to the Department of State. The goal is…

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Flood insurance program overhaul began this month

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Despite opposition, Risk Rating 2.0 has gone into effect with revisions expected for 5 million policies. Opponents to the Risk Rating 2.0 did their best to stop the flood insurance program overhaul from becoming a reality, but those members of Congress were unable to do so, and it became effective as of the start of this month. The federal government program’s change will now impact millions of property owners. The Risk Rating 2.0 restructuring has revised the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), impacting the premiums of about 5 million policyholders.…

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Iowa home insurance appraisal bill’s future unclear following tornadoes

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It’s no longer clear whether the bill will advance but critics say it will make claims tougher. It isn’t obvious whether lawmakers will advance an Iowa home insurance bill that would make it tougher for policyholders to make claims for damage related to natural disasters such as the tornadoes that cut their way through parts of the state last weekend. The bill’s design would restrict the appraisal process applied to disputed claims. The restrictions to the Iowa home insurance appraisal process used for disputed claims. If the bill passes it…

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