Connecticut flood insurance rates rise, and fewer homes are covered

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Though the last 12 months have been essentially free of flooding, there have been several near misses. Even though there have been only 18 Connecticut flood insurance claims filed in the last 12 months ending at the close of June, the rates in the state will still be rising. The rates are causing many state residents to take the risk without coverage for their properties. There have been several recent reminders that storms are fierce and quite close – Hurricane Fiona washed full structures away in Nova Scotia and other…

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Louisiana home insurance coverage at risk as Atlantic hurricane season picks up

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The state is facing problems that have been compared to the coverage crisis in Florida. As has been the case in Florida’s market, Louisiana home insurance struggles are leaving thousands of residents of the state wondering how to find coverage. The need is becoming particularly urgent as the US predicts a busy Atlantic hurricane season. Meteorologists have been warning that the Atlantic hurricane season will be an active on this year. With theses risks ahead, a number of Louisiana home insurance companies have withdrawn from the market, just as has…

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Lightning insurance claims were highest in these 5 states last year

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About 9,000 customers filed for this type of damage with State Farm last year, for a total of $107 million. Last year, State Farm paid almost 9,000 lightning insurance claims to homeowners’ policyholders, who received a total of about $107 million to repair the damages caused. Some states have seen substantially more claims of this nature than others across the country. According to State Farm, the states that experienced the most lightning insurance claims were:  Texas, with $7.7 million in total claims. Georgia, with $7.3 million in total claims. California,…

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State Farm boosts insurance agent training and catastrophe research

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Climate change is changing the nature of natural disasters and the insurer aims to keep ahead of it. As climate change changes the nature of storm damage, and as technology continues to progress, State Farm has invested into advanced catastrophe research and insurance agent training. The insurer wants to make sure its tech and teams are prepared for current and upcoming trends. State Farm is using the additional insurance agent training and catastrophe research to help keep ahead of the impact of climate change for more rapid claim handling, quicker…

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Insurance industry official calls for more climate change risk assessment

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At the same time, the III CEO said that what is not needed is for politics to get in the way. Insurance Information Institute (III) CEO Sean Kevelighan has said that it’s time for the insurance industry to focus on assessing climate risk while putting aside politics that stand in the way of assisting communities most vulnerable to those risks. The non-profit III has a focus on public education and outreach with over 60 insurer members. The III, also known as Triple-I, has been working hard to educate and support…

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Insurers remind consumers about Earthquake Awareness Month

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February is meant to be a time for property owners to review their coverage in case of a tremor. February is recognized as Earthquake Awareness Month, and insurance companies are reminding their customers to take this opportunity to review their coverage and ensure that they are prepared for the worst. This time is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of preparedness and coverage. Insurance companies use Earthquake Awareness Month to help make certain that their policyholders know how to keep themselves and their families safe in case a…

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Over 100 insurance companies sue ERCOT and 37 Texas power generators

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The insurers filed their lawsuit over the winter storm losses they incurred in February 2021. Over one hundred insurance companies have filed a lawsuit against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and 37 other power generators over the property damage and other losses sustained during the February 2021 winter storm. The lawsuit was filed in Travis County District County, labeling the power entities as “at fault”. The insurance companies allege in the lawsuit that ERCOT and 37 other power generators were “at fault” for the grid failure and losses…

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