State Farm Releases Non-Renewal Numbers Amid California’s Deepening Home Insurance Crisis

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State Farm “Restructures” California Portfolio The company made it official, in a move to ensure the financial health of its operations within California, State Farm General Insurance Company is set to scale back its insurance offerings in the state. With an estimated 72,000 policies facing non-renewal, customers across California are poised to feel the pinch as they seek alternative coverage solutions. Starting July 3, 2024, State Farm General will cease renewing approximately 30,000 homeowners, rental dwelling, residential community association, and business owners policies, citing the necessity to sustain adequate claims-paying…

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Allstate Changes Down Payment After Insurance Settlement

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Allstate, the insurance giant based in Northbrook, Illinois, has made a significant change to its down payment policy for new auto insurance policies. The move comes after a settlement with the California Department of Insurance regarding the insurer’s rate increase application. The Former Down Payment Restriction In July 2022, Allstate began requiring consumers to pay a 50% down payment on new auto policies. This policy represented a substantial upfront cost for consumers, given that the average annual cost for car insurance in California ranges from $1,500 to $1,999, according to…

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California fire insurance FAIR Plan now has 350,000 policyholders

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The coverage of last resort is now writing more policies, but not all plan members are satisfied. California’s FAIR Plan, its fire insurance coverage of last resort, is now writing a growing number of policies as homeowners turn to the coverage out of a lack of alternatives. The more policies the FAIR Plan writes, the less satisfied homeowners report being with it. Homeowners have been registering complaints regarding the poor services they are receiving from their fire insurance companies, about the rising costs associated with coverage, and about the threats…

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These are the top auto insurance complaints, says California Deputy Commissioner

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The DOI’s Tony Cignarale recently discussed the leading issues filed about coverage or insurers. The California Department of Insurance (DOI) Deputy Commissioner Tony Cignarale recently spoke about the most common auto insurance complaints handled by his department. The discussion also announced a special session in which repair shops could file complaints. The special session for auto insurance complaints was held at a Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) open board meeting. It was held in Palm Springs, California ahead of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). Cignarale is the Consumer Services…

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California legislators fail to repair home insurance market before end of session

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Though several deals arrived at the last moment, none of them included the sought-after proposal. Even as a slew of deals appeared at the last moment ahead of the close of California’s legislative session, none were the home insurance market fix many were waiting for to help keep insurers in the state despite the rapidly climbing wildfire risks. The key deadline came and went without a bill that would help to stave off a crisis in the state. As a new home insurance bill didn’t appear in the last session,…

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