March 2, 2019
After reeling from property damage caused by recent wildfires, North Bay residents now are confronting another natural disaster in flooding — a threat that is not covered by property insurance and which could escalate as storms become more volatile in a changing climate. Unlike fire-related claims, home and business owners have to buy a separate policy to insure structures and contents damaged by...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

February 21, 2019
Community organizations representing consumers, low-income workers and communities of color petitioned Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today to ban the use of occupation and education to set auto insurance premiums. Many California auto insurance companies charge lower-income and less-educated drivers up to 15% more in order to give discounts to doctors, lawyers, other well-paying professions...
As posted at: YubaNet

February 17, 2019
Tom and Tamara Conry were dead set on returning to Paradise after the deadly Camp Fire destroyed the town last November. The couple's home was barely touched by the fire, and most other survivors had a much steeper climb to recovery. But when their property insurer, American Reliable, notified them in December that it wasn't renewing the couple's homeowner's coverage, they realized that returning...
As posted at: Capital Public Radio

February 1, 2019
A San Diego condo owner says his insurance rate increased by a whopping 45 percent. He says his insurance agent blamed it on the deadly Camp Fire, 600 miles away. “I was just kind of dumbfounded,” says condo owner Neal Dunn. That was his reaction when he says his mail arrived with a massive annual premium increase of more than $580 to insure his one bedroom condo. It’s located in University...
As posted at: ABC 10 San DIego

January 30, 2019
Listen to the radio clip Transcript ...on that front trying to get various insurance company to do the right thing we've been dragging into mediation and you know ready to go House in one case according to the consumer advocacy group United Policy holders two thirds of the homes lost in wildfires are grossly under insured Jenna laine KCBS held for is...
As posted at: KCBS-AM

January 28, 2019
Not all homes in Paradise were destroyed by November’s deadly Camp Fire. Approximately 10 percent of buildings in the town of Paradise are still standing, according to a rough estimate from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But families who still have their houses in the area, and who may be considering returning, could have trouble keeping their home insured, at...
As posted at: Capitol Public Radio

January 18, 2019
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently named 34 consumer liaison representatives for 2019. Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison Program promotes consumer interaction with state insurance regulators at meetings and throughout the year. The 20 funded and 14 unfunded consumer representatives began their terms Jan. 1. NAIC-funded representatives are those who are...
As posted at: Insurance Journal

January 13, 2019
Stacie and Jad Elkhoury avoided tragedy two years ago when flames from the Nuns wildfire stopped just short of their home southeast of Sonoma. The house did suffer some smoke damage to upholstery and rugs, for which they filed a claim with their insurance company, Nationwide, for reimbursement. However, a few weeks ago, the Elkhourys were notified by a different insurer the coverage on their...

January 2, 2019
  BOULDER — A few months after Chris Cook and his family moved from California into a four-bedroom house nestled among ponderosa pines in the foothills here, they received a letter saying their home insurance policy had been canceled. The insurer, Allstate, had concluded — after an assessor visited the property — that the house was too likely to be destroyed by a wildfire. Cook, a tech...
As posted at: The Denver Post

December 28, 2018
Some 40,000 homes could be left "unsold" for each month the government shutdown lasts, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). And in its latest monthly housing report, the NAR predicted "slower economic growth" if employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remain off the job, unable to approve the flood insurance that can be key to home sales. "Unlike...
As posted at: CBS News