Wildfire prone property insurance bill in California due for hearing

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The bill is expected to be heard in upcoming weeks as opposing sites prepare for major battle. A new California bill, the outcomes of which will have a lot to say about coverage for wildfire prone property in the state, will soon be headed for hearing. The hearing is expected to be a heated one as strong opposing opinions have the opportunity to be voiced. Opponents of this bill are calling it a direct attack on consumer protections in insurance. That said, proponents of the bill claim it is the…

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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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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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After California Department of Insurance investigation Libre must face $5.5M settlement

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The company will also bring to an end its transaction of immigration bonds within the state. Following an investigation by the California Department of Insurance, Libre will be facing a $5.5 million settlement, will stop transacting immigration bonds within the state, phase out its GPS ankle monitor use, and will issue credits to the clients who remain in arrears. The firm must also provide $420 in individual cash credits to clients who are not in an owing position. Beyond that, the settlement resulting from the California Department of Insurance (CDI)…

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State Farm auto insurance rate cut gets the nod in Louisiana

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State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon gave his approval to the decrease of 9.6 percent. Last week, Live Insurance News reported that State Farm had requested permission for an auto insurance rate cut. Now, state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has given the necessary approval for the rate to be reduced by an average of 9.6 percent. This means that Louisiana drivers who are covered by State Farm have more savings ahead. State Farm’s auto insurance rate cut follows several others that have occurred over the last while. In 2018, the insurer…

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC joins insurance commissioner to build rural fire houses

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey worked with the insurer to pay for the building construction. Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and the state’s insurance commissioner, Mike Causey, joined together to help fund the construction of rural fire house in the state. The commissioner is seeking to improve the rural fire department quality as a whole. Causey has taken on the project to help the state’s rural fire departments to return to better health. Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC joined him in helping to finance the effort, and he has…

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Special National Association of Insurance Commissioners session to underscore race and diversity

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The NAIC Summer 2020 National Meeting to seek actions to stop discriminatory practices. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has announced its intentions to hold a special session focused on race and diversity in the industry. Its NAIC Summer 2020 National Meeting is meant to place the spotlight on these issues in the insurance sector, said its president, Ray Farmer. NAIC is seeking to open a meaningful and needed dialogue on vital issues regarding discrimination. “As leaders, we need to have meaningful conversations about how to stop discriminatory practices against…

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