Central Pacific Hurricane Season has started, so it’s policy review time

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Insurance companies in Hawaii are reminding homeowners to ensure they’re covered. The Central Pacific Hurricane Season has begun, and Hawaii insurers are reminding homeowners to make sure they have adequate insurance coverage. The state insurance commissioner has also reminded owners and renters to review their policies. Reviewing a policy at least once per year to ensure that coverages and exclusions are appropriate for covering a homeowners property and possessions is highly recommended. Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida has reminded state residents of the importance of this annual practice, particularly as…

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Low-income Americans to receive flood insurance cost support

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The Biden administration’s budget includes a plan for helping people to purchase the coverage. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the President Biden is seeking to bring down the flood insurance cost for low-income Americans. The budget proposes a new program that would provide $358 million to support the effort next year. That money would help low-income families to cover their flood insurance cost and to take additional action to prevent their properties from flooding. This new program was a…

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Lemonade insurance accused of discrimination from its AI comments

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The popular insuretech faced backlash from social media users in response to a tweet. Last week, Lemonade insurance company tweeted that its AI technology could “pick up on non-verbal cues” in the analysis of videos its policyholders submit to explain their claim details. Social media users quickly spotted the tweet and asked whether the AI would spot certain minorities. The Twitter users asked Lemonade insurance whether that AI technology would flag people from minority backgrounds or individuals with conditions such as autism. Later that week in a Forbes report, the…

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California wildfires may need to be a way of life, say insurance officials

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After 2020’s record-breaking fire season, officials warn that this may be an ongoing trend. California wildfires caused the destruction of over 10 million acres in 2020 according to a progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlining the resilience strategy. The progress report’s focus is on efforts to reduce fire fuel through forest thinning strategies. Details from the strategy show that federal efforts will be rising by “two to four times more” than the current levels for reducing destruction from the blazes. This plan was released by the Biden…

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Most Expensive Insurance in Australia

Most Expensive Insurance in Australia

Insurance is perhaps one of those expenses you wished you could avoid. Sometimes premiums go up, and it can be painful to dish out the money without a quantifiable product given at the time. It can seem like one of those expensive necessities. Talk to your insurance broker Perth for information on insurance premiums and coverage. But is your insurance premium actually expensive? What about compared to the rest of Australia? Better yet, where in Australia is insurance – on average – the most expensive?  The answer is…  Northern Australia…

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Three more Florida property insurance companies cancel policies

Florida property insurance - damage from hurricane

Over 53,000 additional homeowners’ policies across the state are being cancelled due to hurricane claims. Three Florida property insurance companies have added their names to the list of insurers that have been cancelling policies in the state due to hurricane claims. Together, the three insurers will either cancel or not renew over 53,000 policies starting in June. These Florida property insurance cancellations are occurring just before the start of the 2021 hurricane season. Affected customers will be receiving a letter to advise them of the fact that their policies will…

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State Farm to provide free tech to detect electrical fires before they start

Electrical fires - wires in wall

The Ting sensors are able to spot hazards before they have the opportunity to spark a blaze. Electrical fires comprise about 13 percent of all blazes that affect homes. They kill hundreds of people every year and result in almost $1.3 billion in home damage every year, according to a National Fire Protection Association 2019 Survey. State Farm has invested in Whisker Labs and will provide the Ting Sensor to its home customers. The Ting sensor technology is meant to help mitigate hazards associated with electrical fires in homes. It…

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