March 25, 2019

 

If a home or business owner in the United States can't find property insurance in the private market, they can buy it through a variety of hybrid public/private arrangements, often referred to as "pools" or "Residual Market Mechanisms" (insurance lingo for programs that cover risks private market insurers don't want).  These arrangements are federal and state government sponsored "last resort" programs through which an individual or business can buy insurance for fires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other risks. 

These programs are...

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March 5, 2019

UP weighed in today with a letter to Florida state lawmakers to urge their no votes on three bills that will gut policyholder protections in that state if enacted as written.  House Bill 301, Senate Bill 714House Bill 751.

Honorable Florida lawmakers:

Our non-profit organization speaks on behalf of the millions of Florida home and...

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February 12, 2019

 

Some leaders in the financial services community work hard to weaken consumer protection regulations and the agencies that enforce them.  But it clear from recent history (2008) that the American economy works much better when financial consumer protections are in place and being enforced.

UP is among 80 organizations that co-signed a letter strongly opposing a proposal to seriously weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's...

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January 22, 2019

 

Generally speaking, home insurance companies are free to pick which homes they want to insure and which they don't.  There has been an explosion in tech tools that insurance companies can use to assess risks and decide who and what they are willing to insure and how much they will charge to sell policies and meet their business goals.  Drones, GPS technology, data mining, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics are making it easy for insurance companies to be far more calculated than they had been about their decisions on the types of buildings, people and...

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December 18, 2018

So many home foundations are crumbling in the state of Connecticut that the legislature passed a special law sealing their records, in part to protect their ongoing efforts to secure insurance coverage to help cover repairs and prevent collapse, damage and injuries.  The widespread problem has gotten extensive media attention and the state's highest Court will hear arguments today (Dec. 18th, 2018) in three related cases against various insurers that have rejected property owner claims to cover repairs.

UP weighed in one of the cases, and the issue has been covered...

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