Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Independent Insurance Agents Defying Doomsayers

According to analysts, technologists, aggregators and others, the independent agency system is in trouble. Somebody forget to tell independent agents. Or more to the point, the doomsayers perhaps didn’t notice that independent agencies have been adapting and getting more into …

H.R. Haldeman’s Son Recalls Life Before, After Watergate; Own Entry Into Insurance

Visiting his father in jail was a “blessing” of sorts for Hank Haldeman, son of H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon’s chief of staff who was convicted in the Watergate scandal and spent 18 months in jail. He would bring lunch for …

Might Human Drivers Be Outlawed?

Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO Elon Musk thinks that human-driven cars could eventually be outlawed as computers show they can do a more efficient and safer job of driving. “In the distant future, [legislators] may outlaw driven cars because they’re …

Exclusive Sneak Peak: Hank Haldeman on Carrying Family Name in Insurance

The son of one of the central figures sent to prison as part of the Watergate scandal of the 1970s says that the family name has been more of a benefit than a burden, perhaps because he works in the …

Exclusive: Haldeman, Son of Watergate, Remembers His Father and President Nixon

H.R. “Bob” Haldeman bears some responsibility for the Watergate scandal but he was innocent of the criminal charges brought against him, says the son of President Richard Nixon’s former chief of staff. In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Wells Media …

AIG Buys Controlling Interest in Program Manager NSM Group

American International Group Inc. has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in NSM Insurance Group, a managing general agent and insurance program administrator, from ABRY Partners and NSM management. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected …

Independent Insurance Agents Defying Doomsayers

According to analysts, technologists, aggregators and others, the independent agency system is in trouble. Somebody forget to tell independent agents. Or more to the point, the doomsayers perhaps didn’t notice that independent agencies have been adapting and getting more into …

Public Radio Report Puts Spotlight on Workers’ Compensation’s ‘Grand Bargain’

Last week’s ProPublica/National Public Radio report putting a spotlight on the workers’ compensation system caught the attention of  experts who were meeting in Boston to share research on how the system is performing at the same time the series was …

How Group Health Claims-Shifting Affects Workers’ Compensation: WCRI

Workers’ compensation insurers should expect more cost shifting from group health plans as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes hold, according to new research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The claims shift is already …

Who Is Tough Enough for a Conference in Wintry Boston?

It was 78 degrees and sunny yesterday when Tammy Perdue was packing her suitcase and the local forecast called for more of the same all week. Perdue, general counsel for Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) in Tallahassee, is on her …