March 30, 2020
When Salvatore Ferro saw his Commack-based home remodeling business plummet by more than half due to the coronavirus pandemic, he contacted his insurance broker to find out how to make a claim on his business interruption insurance. He was shocked to learn the policy – which is intended to compensate businesses for lost revenues and reimburse expenses under certain  circumstances, such...
As posted at: Newsday

March 9, 2020
EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — A bill introduced into the California Legislature on Tuesday would add protections to some homeowners at risk of nonrenewals.   The “Renew California Bill” would require insurance companies to write or renew policies for existing homes in communities that meet state standards for fire-hardening. The bill would also require insurers to offer financial...
As posted at: KCRA 3 News

February 28, 2020
Will Abrams and his family barely escaped from their house in the Riebli-Wallace neighborhood of Santa Rosa as the flames from the 2017 Tubbs fire bore down on their residence.   “I had my (two) kids under my arms running to our cars and we barely escaped with our lives,” said Abrams, a 49-year-old consultant who has background in high-tech businesses and government under former New...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

February 21, 2020
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, and United Policyholders on Tuesday introduced legislation to give insurance companies a greater role in protecting communities from devastating wildfires. Renew California (AB 2367) would require insurance companies to write or renew policies for existing homes in...
As posted at: Escalon Times

February 21, 2020
Requiring insurance companies to write and renew homeowner insurance policies for hardened homes and communities that meet statewide standard February 19, 2020 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Yesterday, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, and United Policyholders introduced legislation to give insurance...
As posted at: Sierra Sun Times

February 21, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Recent firestorms have increased the profile of wildfire modeling companies, firms that rate homes by their likelihood to burn.   Most California homes have a wildfire score, but about the only homeowners who know they have one are those who have been denied insurance coverage, at least in part, because they got a high score.   One of the best known...
As posted at: ABC7 News

February 20, 2020
Insurance companies have been dropping coverage for homeowners living in fire-prone areas, leaving them unprotected at best and unable to keep their homes at worst. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A wildfire-related crisis facing counties all over the state could have one solution in sight.   As the risk of destructive wildfire grows, tens of thousands of California homeowners are finding...
As posted at: ABC10

February 20, 2020
A group of state lawmakers, regulators and consumer advocates hope the insurance industry can encourage homeowners and communities to harden their homes and neighborhoods against wildfires.   That’s the intent behind a newly introduced bill that would set statewide standards for fire-hardened homes and communities. It would then require state-licensed insurance companies to offer and...
As posted at: San Francisco Chronicle

February 11, 2020
The actor Shannen Doherty has revealed her battle with terminal breast cancer in an interview about her ongoing fight with State Farm, California’s largest home insurer, to receive compensation for her wildfire-damaged home.   Doherty’s Malibu home was damaged by smoke from the Woolsey fire in November 2018, which killed three people, destroyed more than 1,600 buildings and burned...
As posted at: The Guardian

February 7, 2020
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Little Lainey Walls came into the world with a big surprise — a $10,000 bill.   Even though her mom had insurance, the newborn was charged room and board for her first two days of life.   “It’s frustrating and I feel like it’s wrong for a new mom to have to fight their health insurance,” Kelly Walls said.   Kelly’s health insurance covered the...