California Insurance Commissioner Lara announces consumer protection appointments

California Insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara

Five reappointments were announced at COIN, and one was announced at the CAARP Advisory Committee. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara recently announced a string of appointments made statewide in his office’s pursuit of consumer protection improvements. There were five reappointments to the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) Advisory Board and one was made to the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP) Advisory Committee. Lara has been placing a substantial spotlight on consumer protection activities by his Department. “Protecting consumers and addressing inequality are top priorities for our Department,” said Insurance…

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GEICO suddenly stops selling California auto insurance policies by phone or in-person

Auto insurance - Online - California

The insurer has shut offices, laid of hundreds of people and isn’t selling in any way other than online. GEICO has stopped selling California auto insurance policies by phone or in person, while regulators have said that they are monitoring the situation. All 38 of the insurer’s agent offices in California have now been closed and workers laid off. California drivers with GEICO auto insurance policies are still covered and it is still possible to sign up for new coverage online. That said, the in-person offices are all closed, and…

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Auto Club Insurance files for $202 million California car insurance rate increase

Car insurance - Increase in Rates

Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s office has received the request to let the company hike premiums. Auto Club Insurance has filed for an overall California car insurance rate hike of 6.9 percent. This will impact 1.44 million policyholders and the total of 2.68 million vehicles they have insured through that provider. The rate increase will mean an average annual hike in premiums of $75 per vehicle ($140 per policy). There have already been several insurers that have filed in California to be able to increase their car insurance rates for new and…

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