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Hurricane Maria Exposes a Common Problem for Puerto Rico Homeowners: No Insurance

Wall Street Journal (09/21/17) P. B10 Scism, Leslie; Friedman, Nicole; Jones, Coulter About 50 percent of Puerto Rican homeowners have insurance against wind damage, with average deductibles of 2 percent, and fewer than 1 percent have flood...

Illinois Submits Big ACA Rate Increases to the Feds

Chicago Tribune (09/20/17) Schencker, Lisa On Sept. 20, the Illinois Department of Insurance submitted 2018 health insurance rates under the Affordable Care Act to the federal government, with average rate increases for the lowest-priced plans...

States Play the 1332 Waiver Waiting Game

MedPage Today (09/20/17) Firth, Shannon At a Sept. 19 briefing of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, the challenges of implementing the healthcare marketplace waivers were tackled. Brian Webb, assistant director of health policy and...

States Back Big Insurance Increases Amid Health Law’s Uncertainty

Wall Street Journal (09/21/17) P. A4 Mathews, Anna Wilde; Armour, Stephanie Many state regulators are approving significant rate increases for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance plans that will be sold next year amid uncertainty about the law’s...

2018 ACA Premium Requests Get OK from State Insurance Chief

Tennessean (09/20/17) Fletcher, Holly Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak has approved premiums requested by the three insurers offering healthcare coverage on the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange in 2018. BlueCross...

Insurers Often Deny Coverage for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment, Report Says

Chicago Tribune (09/20/17) Schencker, Lisa A new report released jointly by the Kennedy Forum Illinois, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, and the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, among others, indicates that insurers are...

Catastrophe Claims Village Held in Savannah at Home Depot on Abercorn St.

WTOC-11 (Savannah, Ga.) (09/20/17) Robertson, Jarvis An insurance claims village was held at the Home Depot in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 20 so victims of Hurricane Irma could seek help from insurance experts. Several insurance companies, along...

States Need Better Protections for Insurance Consumers in Natural Disasters: Rutgers Report

Insurance Journal (09/21/17) Blosfield, Elizabeth A new report from the Rutgers Center for Risk and Responsibility at the Rutgers Law School examines the essential protections necessary to help consumers recover from disaster across the nation,...

Hurricane Irma Victims Could Face Fight Between Insurers, Contractors

Orlando Sentinel (09/20/17) Rohrer, Gray As homeowners in Florida recover from Hurricane Irma, insurers and regulators have stressed that assignment of benefits (AOB) contracts with repair firms have been abused by contractors who seek unfair...

Insurance Rate Hike Sets Record for New Mexico Exchange

Associated Press (09/20/17) Lee, Morgan New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John Franchini announced on Sept. 20 that his office had approved health insurance premium increases ranging from 17 percent to just over 49 percent for 2018. Average...