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N.C. Department of Insurance OKs Rate Increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield ACA Plans

Winston-Salem Journal (NC) (10/18/17) Craver, Richard On Oct. 18, the North Carolina Department of Insurance approved an average 14.1 percent premium increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s 2018 Affordable Care Act health...

State’s Insurance Report Card Shows Fewer Enrollees, More Insured

Hartford Courant (CT) (10/18/17) Schmidt, Christine The 20th annual report card of insurance providers serving Connecticut shows that the 15 organizations submitting data — six HMOs and nine indemnity organizations — saw the number...

State to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Rates

Inside Indiana Business (10/18/17) Brown, Alex The Indiana Department of Insurance has approved a 12.8 percent reduction in workers’ compensation rates, effective Jan. 1. According to Indiana Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson, the...

Two Weeks Before Health Care Sign-Up, Iowans Don’t Know What to Expect

Iowa Public Radio (10/18/17) Sostaric, Katarina Consumers in Iowa who purchase their own insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not certain how they will sign up for coverage for 2018. Thousands of Iowans have received notifications...

Commissioner Honored as One of the Top Influential People in Mississippi

Vicksburg Post (10/18/17) On Oct. 17, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney was honored as one of the top 50 most influential people in Mississippi. The awards, sponsored by Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi, recognize...

Workers’ Compensation Rate Cut Eyed

News Service of Florida (10/18/17) Sexton, Christine Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier held a workers’ compensation rate hearing in Tallahassee on Oct. 18. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) proposed an overall...

President’s Health Subsidy Shutdown Could Lead to Free Insurance

Associated Press (10/19/17) Alonso-Zaldivar, Ricardo If President Donald Trump succeeds in eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy that reimburses insurers for reducing copays and deductibles, insurers would need to raise premiums...

Sonoma County: ‘There’s More Love in the Air Than Smoke’

KTVU.com (Calif.) (10/18/17) Villalon, Debora California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones discussed the wildfires ravaging Sonoma County with KTVU outside a local assistance center in Glen Ellen. “We’re here to go to bat for consumers...

Loss of Subsidies Fuels State Exchange’s Record-High Rate Increases

Santa Fe New Mexican (10/18/17) Krasnow, Bruce New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John Franchini says that he had anticipated the end of the federal subsidies for health insurers when he approved record-high rate increases last month for individual...

Why Renters Insurance Is Worth Buying

Consumer Reports (10/18/17) Kiviat, Barbara Recent natural disasters are impacting many people as a result of loss or damage to their homes and belongings. One group in particular that is at higher financial risk is those who rent their homes...