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Oklahoma Seniors Ask for Bill Allowing Electronic Monitors in Care Homes

May 4th, 2013 by melissa | Comments Off | Filed in health insurance, insurance news, insurance specialists

Anyone who has ever had a relative move into assisted living or a nursing home knows the fear of having their loved one abused or neglected by the people paid to care for them.

In Oklahoma, that may soon change, as a bill requested by the Silver Haired Legislature and supported by AARP Oklahoma, which has more than 410,000 members and is the state’s largest organization of senior citizens, was recently passed by the state Senate. (more…)

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Washington Insurance Site Improves Mobile Usability

March 16th, 2013 by melissa | Comments Off | Filed in insurance news, insurance specialists

It’s become the norm for insurance companies to offer consumers apps for their mobile phones, allowing them to file claims, check coverage, or even request roadside assistance all between games of “Words with Friends.”

Less common is for state regulatory agencies to embrace the growing trend toward mobile-user friendliness, but with its recently re-launched website that agency in charge of regulating the insurance industry for the state of Washington has done just that. (more…)

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Connecticut to Consider Covering PTSD Under Workers’ Compensation Insurance

February 20th, 2013 by melissa | Comments Off | Filed in insurance specialists, workers compensation insurance

Most of us are accustomed to hearing about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in connection with soldiers and sailors who have served in battle. We associate it with images of Viet Nam, and the various wars that have occurred – and are occurring – in the Persian Gulf region, and in places like Afghanistan.

The reality is that PTSD can happen to anyone who has been through a traumatic situation. One group of likely sufferers is comprised of emergency first responders – the men and women of local police, fire and paramedic departments who are first on the scene when a disaster takes place. (more…)

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Liberty Mutual to Retire Regional Brands

January 15th, 2013 by | Comments Off | Filed in insurance facts, insurance news, insurance specialists

Yesterday, in an announcement in the Insurance Journal, Liberty Mutual Insurance spokesperson Chris Goetchus shared his company’s plans to retire eight of its regional brand names, currently sold exclusively via independent agents.

The brands affected, all commercial lines, are America First Insurance, Colorado Casualty, Golden Eagle Insurance, Indiana Insurance, Liberty Northwest, Montgomery Insurance, Ohio Casualty, and Peerless Insurance, each of which represents its own region, and none of which does business in more than nine states.

Why retire these names? According to Goetchus, it’s because Liberty Mutual agents wanted to be able to use the more recognizable name of the parent company. Even so, he stressed, each region will retain its own local offices and underwriting authority, as well as its own management structure. Only the names are changing.

Safeco Insurance, another Liberty Mutual company, is not being affected by this decision, and will continue to offer personal insurance product lines under its existing brand, sold by independent insurance agents around the country.

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More Health Care Changes

January 2nd, 2013 by | Comments Off | Filed in health insurance, insurance specialists, video

It’s a new year, which means more of the elements of ObamaCare,also known as the Affordable Care Act, are going live. Want to know how your health insurance might change? This month’s video – our first of the year – explains it all:

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Alabama Still Tallying Insurance Claims from April 2011 Tornado

January 13th, 2012 by | Comments Off | Filed in insurance news, insurance specialists, tornado insurance

The Birmingham News, reported recently that insurers have paid out at least $2.2 billion in claims from a tornado that struck last April 27th, and said there are still over 2,500 claims pending.

Those numbers are from the Alabama Department of Insurance, and include amounts that state-regulated insurance companies have paid for damage to businesses, cars, homes, and other property, but does not include any claims that were paid by insurers such as Lloyd’s of London that have policies in Alabama but are not subject to state regulation.

State authorities say that if every claim was resolved and tallied, the total would probably be near $3 billion, which, according to State Insurance Commissioner Jim Riding, falls within estimates his department has seen.

Friday Filmstrip: French Health Care

October 7th, 2011 by | Comments Off | Filed in alternative health plans, friday filmstrips, health care reform, health insurance, insurance news, insurance specialists

As health care remains a hot-button issue in our government and with our current crop of political candidates, it’s interesting to look at health care around the world. Here’s a video – admittedly three years old – which looks at the French health care system, which is often considered the best in the world.

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