Nationwide starts July as fully independent insurance agency carrier

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The company has completed its transition which has been ongoing over the last 18 months. Nationwide has announced that as of July 1, it has become an independent insurance agency carrier. The Columbus, Ohio-based insurer has kept its relationships with 99 percent of its formerly captive agents. For 18 months, the insurer has been working on the transition process to become an independent insurance agency carrier. Throughout that time, it has managed to keep over 99 percent of its agents, who were formerly employed by the company. Now, those insurance…

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COVID-19 pandemic crisis may be the most expensive event for insurance

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Though uncertainty remains regarding the final cost, the coronavirus will be among the costliest. The final total is far from known for the insurance and reinsurance industry in terms of the cost of the pandemic crisis, but it is expected to be one of the most expensive event price tags in history. A new report published by reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter points to record costs. The pandemic is particularly dangerous because of two primary factors. The first is that it comes with ongoing potential for causing unexpected and unpredictable loss…

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Workers compensation insurance market starts to feel the COVID-19 pinch

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The coronavirus is now making itself felt in this additional part of the industry. Workers compensation insurance companies are now working quickly to keep up with the sudden influx of claims resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made all the more complex as the regulatory landscape shifts throughout the country. Many states have been changing the regulations to which the workers compensation insurance companies must adhere in the face of COVID-19. For instance, the state commission for this coverage gave its unanimous approval to repeal a controversial emergency…

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Louisiana business interruption bill may change coverage due to COVID-19

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Legislators are reviewing the bill to decide if insurers should be forced to pay pandemic claims. Legislators in Louisiana are reviewing a business interruption insurance bill. It may require insurers with operations within the state to have to cover claims connected to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislature recently went into session following about 2 months of suspended work due to COVID-19. Both the House and the Senate will need to complete as much as they can by June 1, 2020. The delay they’ve already faced over the last two months…

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Eased truck insurance premiums enforcement gives much needed relief in pandemic

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The goods transportation industry is fighting hard to keep up with new demands in a changing landscape. The trucking industry has stepped up to meet rapidly shifting needs in an evolving arena, but new relaxed truck insurance premiums regulations is offering some relief. This transportation is critical to making sure businesses and individuals have access to essentials. That said, while many truckers are certainly keeping busy, the truck insurance premiums that have been rising over the years have placed substantial pressure on these businesses as they fight to keep up.…

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Chubb CEO calls COVID-19 coronavirus biggest event in insurance industry history

Evan Greenberg cautioned that the pandemic’s impact will cause insurers to face their largest challenges. Chubb Ltd Chief Executive Officer Evan Greenberg released a statement warning that the coronavirus will be the largest event in insurance industry history. The insurance company recorded $13 million in losses linked to COVID-19 during the Q1 2020. Greenberg stated that “this event will be the largest event,” in insurance industry history, on an earnings call in which he shared Chubb’s first quarter results for 2020. The CEO pointed to both the direct impact of…

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California Insurance Commissioner orders premiums returned to businesses

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Ricardo Lara has told insurers to return premiums on six lines of personal and commercial coverage. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurers to return premiums from certain lines to businesses and consumers. This has raised pressure on those insurers to take larger steps to reduce customer financial burden caused by COVID-19. Lara has ordered insurers to return premiums paid for March, April, and possibly May as well. The California Insurance Commissioner’s order applies to six different coverage lines. These include passenger and commercial auto, commercial multi-peril, workers compensation,…

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