May 2, 2018
Two bills inspired by the 2017 mudslides and fires in California that are designed to help prevent homeowners from being underinsured when disaster strikes passed the Assembly Insurance Committee on Wednesday. The bills, sponsored by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, passed out of the committee with a unanimous vote. Assembly Bill 1797, authored by Assemblyman Levine, D-Marin County,...
As posted at: Insurance Journal

April 30, 2018
ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Retired and on a fixed income, Victor Reyes needed work done on his teeth. Victor had dental insurance, but it didn’t cover the crowns he needed, so when the dental office gave him the option to pay cash up front for a discount, Victor jumped at the offer. He says the crowns fell out four days after the dentist put them in. “I was thinking something’s got to be wrong here,” he...
As posted at: CBS News 13 Sacramento

April 27, 2018
Congress may have forced Mark Zuckerberg to reveal more about personal data gathered on Facebook (FB). But consider this: Your insurance company likely knows a lot more about you.  Insurers' cache of private information includes credit reports, the market value of your home, age, marital status, education and, in the case of a life insurance policy, the status of your health. In...
As posted at: Ed Leefeldt

April 24, 2018
Appeals court earlier this year slashed mall’s insurance payout by $150M Industry groups and prominent Tennessee businesses are urging the Tennessee Supreme Court to take up Opry Mills Mall owner Simon Property Group’s appeal of a lower court decision that cut its insurance payout for a major 2010 flood from $200 million to $50 million. One group, which includes the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce...
As posted at: Nashville Post

April 15, 2018
Welcome, everybody,” Susan Gorin said. “I’m sorry you’re here.” The county’s First District Supervisor addressed 30-plus residents who attended a town hall meeting at the Kenwood Depot on a chilly, rainy Thursday evening, April 11. Gorin had assembled county and private experts to talk about how to move forward through the myriad county regulations and insurance problems that seem to plague...
As posted at: The Kenwood Press

April 9, 2018
Two sisters. Two paths to recovery. Susan Komar and Lynn Van Fleit each lost a home last fall when the Tubbs fire ravaged northern Santa Rosa. Six months later, Komar and her husband, Chris, said they plan this year to start rebuilding their home in Coffey Park. But Van Fleit said she can’t afford to replace her house near the former Sweet T’s restaurant in Fountaingrove, a recently purchased...

April 9, 2018
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Retired Air Force combat fighter pilot Scott Rooks and retired military medic Laney Wall lost their home in Santa Rosa to the firestorm. When they bought their home, 4 years ago, Rooks said he wanted more insurance than USAA, an insurance company that caters to veterans, wanted to offer.  Rooks said the sales representative told him not to worry if the worst...
As posted at: KTVU FOX 2

April 1, 2018
  For many homeowners, the full extent of the devastation from the October fires is still unfolding — on their calculators. As Staff Writer Bill Swindell spelled out in his front-page story a week ago (“Painful insurance reality,” Sunday), the number of people in Sonoma County who lost their homes and were underinsured or uninsured has exceeded the fears of many local leaders and even some...

March 26, 2018
  Josh Nix thought he was doing everything right in August when he renewed the insurance policy for his Mark West area home just east of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Nix answered the questions posed by his carrier, USAA, in an online form used to determine the proper amount of coverage for his three-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Willowgreen Place. The home, which he bought in 2013...

March 25, 2018
If you take action to make your home less likely to be seriously damaged or destroyed in a wildfire, your insurance company should reward you with a discount on your premium ... or at the very least keep you as a customer and not drop you. United Policyholders’ Wildfire Mitigation and Insurance Project aims to make this common-sense concept a reality.
As posted at: Willits Weekly