November 2, 2010

Owners or renters of the homes destroyed or damaged in the fire that tore through a San Bruno neighborhood Thursday are staring at a long and challenging process to recoup their losses.

November 2, 2010

Five years after Hurricane Katrina leveled a large part of the Gulf Coast, homeowners as far away as Maine are still paying the bill.

Home insurance rates for some coastal areas have shot up 30% or more. Thousands of homeowners who live along the East Coast have had their policies canceled. And when the next disaster hits, many homeowners will be forced to bear a greater share of the...

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October 13, 2010

After every natural disaster, too many people discover an awful truth: They don't have enough insurance to rebuild their homes.

Nationwide, more than two-thirds of homeowners are underinsured, according to a survey by insurance services firm MSB, by an average of 18%.

That means someone whose house cost $200,000 to replace would find herself short by $36,000.

August 23, 2010

SEATTLE—Two consumer advocates told insurance commissioners they would prefer to see regulation of insurance remain with the states, as opposed to a federal takeover.

Speaking before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Regulatory Modernization Task Force at the NAIC’s summer meeting held here, Sonja Larkin-Thorne, an...

August 23, 2010


BLOOMINGTON -- It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina
devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 1,800 people and causing $41.1
billion in insured damage -- a single-loss record for the insurance

August 23, 2010

Press Conference Speakers:

Karen Reimus, ’03 Cedar Fire Survivor and Outreach Coordinator for United Policyholders, a nonprofit organization

Patrick Craft, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim Hills

Karla Rinskopf, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Yorba Linda

Edward Pajarito, ’08 Freeway...

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August 12, 2010

Never settle for less - especially with your insurance company, says Gerri Willis.

NEW YORK ( -- You versus your insurer: It doesn't have to be David and Goliath. Sure, getting your insurer to pay you your fair share can be challenging, but here are the best ways to play hardball with your insurance company.

1: Compile your package


August 11, 2010

They griped, they vented, they asked questions on how to fight back, and they vowed to make their voices heard.

"The insurance companies, I think they gave us bus fare," said Homer Charles, whose family owns several properties in the Lower 9th Ward.

"They gave me $2,300 to fix the roof," complained mother and former bus driver Eiela W. Magee, who owns 1009-17 S. Telemachus St. "I...

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August 11, 2010

GERRI WILLIS, CNN ANCHOR: A Mississippi lawsuit rocks the insurance world and could impact your policy. Avoid a deadly natural gas leak and exactly how to avoid danger and return home safely after a severe storm.

Good morning, everyone. I'm Gerri Willis and this is OPEN HOUSE.

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August 11, 2010

Tips for making sure you have enough home insurance:

  • Get estimates from multiple insurance agents about what it would cost to rebuild your home.

STORY: Wildfires spotlight insurance-coverage issues