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Bill Would Extend Reinsurance Program

Peninsula Clarion (02/19/18) Earl, Elizabeth The Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 22 on Senate Bill 165, which would extend the Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Fund through 2024. The program —...

President Moves to Relax Rules on Cheaper Health Insurance

The New York Times (02/21/18) P. A19 Pear, Robert On Feb. 20, the Trump administration proposed new rules that would make it easier for consumers to buy insurance policies that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Current rules...

Legislature Sends Reinsurance Program to Governor’s Desk

Racine Journal Times (02/20/18) DeFour, Matthew With bipartisan support, Wisconsin’s legislature passed a bill on Feb. 20 to stabilize the state’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace via a reinsurance program, which is supported...

Advances in Big Data Promise Personalization, Challenges for Insurers

Indiana Lawyer (02/21/18) Burgess, Rob Technology has the potential to transform the insurance market. Greg Mitchell, chair of Frost Brown Todd’s insurance industry group, says the Midwest — and Indiana in particular — could...

Proposed State Law to Stop Surprise Out-Of-Network Billing Now in Senate Committee

KOMO News (WA) (02/20/18) Thompson, Connie Balanced billing often occurs when a patient undergoes surgery performed in an in-network facility by an in-network physician, but involves specialists or other providers who are out of network. HB...

Louisiana’s Car Insurance Rates Are Going Up Again

New Orleans Times-Picayune (02/20/18) Larino, Jennifer Car insurance rates are on the rise again this year in Louisiana, which Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon attributes to several factors. He points to a high rate of uninsured drivers on...

Governor Takes Action to Help Local Governments Improve Health Insurance Options and Address Rising Health Costs

New York State Department of Financial Services (02/20/18) New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to publish guidance and provide technical assistance to local governments to ease the process of creating...

Senate Hears of Post Hurricane Insurance Complaints

St. Thomas Source (02/21/18) Many of the complaints received by the Division of Banking, Insurance, and Financial Regulation in the U.S. Virgin Islands since hurricanes Irma and Maria relate to the issues of underinsurance and force-placed insurance,...

Workers’ Comp Losses Expected to Decline 12 Percent in Maine

Portland Press Herald (ME) (02/20/18) Anderson, J. Craig Maine Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa has approved a 12 percent average decline in the recommended estimate for workers’ compensation loss costs in the state, effective April...

State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Use Candles with Care

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (02/20/18) While candles are a popular piece of home décor, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) wants to remind consumers that flamed candles must be used properly to avoid...