June 22, 2010

Group that learned from the '91 Oakland blaze provides step-by-step help for rebuilding your life.

Even though Southern Californians have endured countless disasters, they rarely are prepared when one hits them. Amy Bach, a San Francisco attorney, has spent her career helping people recover from disasters.

June 22, 2010

Industry observers say damage payouts shouldn't pose any difficulty, but the weak global economy could lead to eventual premium increases.

Once again, thousands of Southern Californians reeling from days of
destructive wildfires have been forced to exercise the home insurance
policies they hoped they would never have to use.

June 21, 2010

Young adults are one of the largest groups that lack health care coverage in the United States. With the new health care reform bill going into effect in a few months, dependents under the age of 26 will be able to be added onto their parents health care policy even if they're married, have a pre-existing health condition or are no longer in college.

But some may have to wait an entire...

June 18, 2010

LOS ANGELES-- Experts say insurance companies are sufficiently well
capitalized to handle the flood of claims that will arise from the
Southland's latest wildfires, it was reported today.

"The majority of those who lost their homes do not need to worry
about the solvency of companies they're insured with," Amy Bach,
executive director of United Policyholders, a...

June 18, 2010

Some policyholders believe companies deliberately sold them less coverage than they would need to rebuild. An industry group says the issue is overblown.


When Dave Wilder and his wife, Lynn, surveyed the remains of their
Running Springs house after it burned to the ground in a wildfire near
Lake Arrowhead in October 2007, the thing that struck him most wasn't...

June 18, 2010

Many homeowners in California have discovered that their homes that were destroyed by recent wildfires were underinsured. So who is to blame, the homeowners or insurance agents?


When Dave Wilder and his wife, Lynn, surveyed the remains of their
house after it burned to the ground in a wildfire near Lake Arrowhead
east of Los Angeles in October 2007, the thing...

June 18, 2010

The Tea Fire is out but many of our neighbors are just beginning the process of putting their lives back together from the ashes that remain. Montecito Rotary Club President-elect shared the following information
from Karen Reimus, who has experience in the aftermath of fire destruction and has become very active in helping others to rebuild their lives.

Disaster Recovery...

June 18, 2010

SACRAMENTO - Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner rode to victory in
2006 partly on the effects of a TV ad ridiculing his opponent, Cruz
Bustamante, for taking bagloads of cash from the industry he wanted to

Two years later, Poizner has held firm to his pledge to refuse insurance
industry contributions, even as he lays the groundwork for what will be...

June 18, 2010

San Francisco, California - 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...

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June 18, 2010

Dealing with an insurance company is never on anyone's list of favorite
things to do, but you'll be more successful if you know how to make your
case when filing a claim.

That includes what not to say to your insurance company.

Charles Thomas still isn't sure which was worse - the fire that broke
out on the deck of his home two years ago, or trying to get his...