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...

As posted at:
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.

As posted at:
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

August 11, 2010

NEW YORK ( -- It's hasta la vista Allstate. The third-largest California insurer said last week it will stop writing new homeowner policies starting in July, pointing at the high risk of catastrophes in the state.

The company said it will continue to serve customers with existing homeowner policies and that it will renew those policies when they expire. If you are an...

August 10, 2010

NEW YORK (Money Magazine) -- Some insurance decisions are easy. Take life insurance. You know you need it to replace the income your spouse and kids would lose if you died. Insurers don't have much leeway to dispute claims for death benefits because "deceased" is a pretty definite condition.

After you decide how much to buy, you can compare various term policies, see which are the...

August 10, 2010

NEW YORK ( - Hurricane season will be here before we
know it. And insurance companies have already been hedging their bets -
canceling and not renewing policies in places like Florida, New York,
Texas and Louisiana.

If you're getting left high and dry by your insurance company,
we're going to tell you what you need to know.

1. Be heard

August 10, 2010

Your house in your hands

From national fires to the approach of hurricane season, it's more important than ever to have good homeowner's insurance. Alisa Roth preps us for the right policy. Your house in your hands.

August 5, 2010

The NY Insurance Department recently proposed important new regulations, 11 NYCRR 222, banning discretionary clauses in New York. These regulations are immensely important because they will dramatically increase court scutiny of long term disability denials.

United Policyholders, a non-profit consumer organization which advocates for fairness in insurance transactions, asked Scott M....

August 5, 2010

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. So consumers need to know these tips to avoid getting the runaround.

Charles Thomas still isn't sure which was worse: The fire that broke out on the deck of his San Francisco home two years ago or trying to get his insurance company to pay up. "I explained to them and they could see that I was flooded," said Thomas.