December 2, 2010
American General Life Insurance Co. markets its policies as protection for "the hopes and dreams of American families" — a promise Ian Weissberger took to heart during his losing battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. But after the Cathedral City mortgage broker died in 2005, American General cancelled his life insurance policy and refused to pay his widow the $250,000 benefit. The Weissbergers'...

November 3, 2010
What Some Companies Don't Reveal Before You Buy Only when you have to use it, you find out, it sometimes doesn't cover your emergency. After several viewers found themselves roadblocked, they called Kurtis to investigate. We've received a number of complaints over the past five years when it comes to trip insurance. These couples thought their policies should cover them! So why didn't...

November 2, 2010
These tools and workshops apply lessons learned by those who’ve lost homes in past wildfires, plus tips from leading safety and construction experts. United Policyholders is a national nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that educates consumers on insurance matters with over 19 years of experience helping disaster victims navigate the insurance recovery process on their own and find the right...

November 2, 2010
Though city officials are shifting their focus to help rebuild the neighborhood where a natural gas pipeline exploded last month, the pace of recovery will depend largely on how quickly the money starts to flow in.   To that end, dozens of residents with destroyed or damaged homes are working to recover losses through insurance claims, a sometimes complex and frustrating process that could...

November 2, 2010
Even though many of the fire victims are still in shock, they must still pull it together and start of the process of rebuilding and this type of tragedy is what homeowners insurance is all about. But dealing with the loss isn't always like one of those TV commercials and there is a lot to watch out for. First the fire victims must deal with the emotional loss of displacement and then they must...

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. Getting paid the full amount they're entitled to for their dwellings, possessions and future expenses will require understanding insurance better than most people care to, and very possibly securing legal...

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 cost of...
As posted at: USA Today

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. Where homes and rebuilding costs are...

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 NAIC funded consumer representative, and Amy Bach,...

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 industry. Katrina's impact still ripples through the region today, and through Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance Cos., the largest home insurer in the U.S. The company fought through a second...