April 17, 2020
Daniel Trucios talks to Amy Bach, Executive Director of United Policyholders, about insurance rebates, effectiveness, future charges, good publicity and business interruption insurance.
As posted at: KSRO

April 14, 2020
Among the many impacts of the coronavirus are those on insurance.   Gov. Phil Murphy last week mandated a 90-day grace period for auto, homeowner’s and renter’s insurance payments and a 60-day grace period for health insurance payments.   Murphy’s reprieve, however, doesn’t aid the uninsured and the small business owners who are hurdling obstacles of the federal government’s...
As posted at: My Central Jersey

April 7, 2020
Chris Norlin, like so many others, is hardly ever behind the wheel these days as he follows guidelines to stay at home and play hide-and-seek with the coronavirus.   Which naturally leads him to wonder: Why is he still paying so much for car insurance? His household’s two cars now sit idle in West Los Angeles, aside from the occasional run to the grocery store.   “Surely with...
As posted at: Los Angeles Times

April 3, 2020
In the aftermath of the power shut-offs during the October 2019 wildfire, Berlin Fisher realized he needed to get business interruption insurance coverage for his West County Style Bar in Guerneville because another disaster could put his hair salon on precarious financial footing.   Fisher had to wait until 30 days after the Kincade fire, then bought a policy from Hiscox Business...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

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