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California Commissioner Sums Up Trump Battle, Discusses Cannabis Insurance

Insurance Journal (09/19/17) Jergler, Don At a recent forum hosted by the Center for Insurance Studies, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones talked about his efforts to maintain the Affordable Care Act while President Trump works to...

Insurance Roadshow Stops in Jacksonville to Help with Irma Questions

Florida Times-Union (09/19/17) Patterson, Steve To get assistance with recovering losses in the wake of Hurricane Irma, residents in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 19 turned to Florida’s “insurance village,” a traveling hub for...

Alaska Sees 26 Percent Drop in Health Insurance Rates

Associated Press (09/19/17) Thiessen, Mark Consumers in Alaska who purchase health insurance on the individual market will see rates decline by 26.5 percent next year, says Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s sole insurer. The...

Hurricane Maria Hammers Puerto Rico with Force Not Seen in ‘Modern History’

Washington Post (09/20/17) Schmidt, Samantha; Berman, Mark; Somashekhar, Sandhya; et al. On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, and it is the strongest storm to hit the island in 80...

Maryland Premiums for ACA Policies Could See Up to a 50 Percent Increase in 2018

WMAR-TV (Baltimore) (09/18/17) Hawley, Catherine According to Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr., some of the 243,000 people enrolled in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act exchange will spend the same amount on...

Florida OIR: Hurricane Irma Claims Statewide Already Exceed $2.1 Billion

BestWire (09/19/17) Harman, Thomas The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) said 372,281 claims totaling $2.16 billion have been filed as a result of Hurricane Irma. As of Sept. 18, OIR said 6.1 percent of the claims have been closed,...

Senator Pulls Plug on Bipartisan ACA Fix

Tennessean (09/19/17) Collins, Michael; Fletcher, Holly U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Sept. 18 abandoned his push for a bipartisan bill to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual health insurance market, saying he...

Trump Administration Pushes Iowa’s ACA Alternative Forward

Quad-City Times (09/19/17) Tibbetts, Ed The Trump administration has taken a step toward final approval of a stopgap measure in Iowa to stabilize the state’s individual insurance market, according to the Iowa Insurance Division. The division...

Former Insurance Broker Must Pay Fraud Victims $1.8 Million, DA Says

Newsday (NY) (09/19/17) Hampton, Deon J. Kimberly Graziano, owner and operator of Islandia, N.Y.-based K.A.G. Insurance Brokerage Inc., has been sentenced to between three and nine years in prison after pleading guilty to grand larceny and fraud,...

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission: Beware Flood-Related Vehicle Scams

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (09/19/17) Consumers who are shopping for a new vehicle should be aware that flood-damaged cars and trucks from states ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will eventually surface in Tennessee....