Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Bush Beats Trump! And Other Insurance Political Giving News

Monumental views on insurance and risk in the nation’s capital?  Surely we jest. Well,  we will  take an occasional dip into the Potomac waters to poke fun, but overall we hope this reporting on insurance and risk as seen from the nation’s …

New Study Backs Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Low Back Pain

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) adds to a growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as a first line treatment for acute low back pain, according to the American Chiropractic …

Identifying Surgical Patients at Risk of Becoming Long-Term Opioid Users

Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user. About six percent of people who hadn’t been taking opioids before their …

Making a Federal Case Out of ‘Legal’ Marijuana Insurance Claims

Michael Johnston, the great, great grandson of the founder of one of the first Baptist churches in Texas, grew up being constantly warned about sin, including the evils of television and dancing.  Thus it is a bit strange even to …

Through the Roof: Drone Startup Cites Milestone of 6,000 Inspections

BetterView, an insurance technology startup that captures and analyzes data from drones, said it has performed more than 6,000 roof top inspections for insurers since its inception two years ago. San Francisco, California based BetterView has software that streamlines the inspection process using a …

ProPublica Report Alleges Auto Insurers Overcharge Minorities

A new report published by ProPublica accuses the auto insurance industry of pricing discrimination against minorities. The report, titled Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas with the Same Risk, claims insurers overcharge drivers in minority zip …

AIG Latest to Bring Cyber Insurance to Personal Lines High-Net Worth Clients

American International Group Inc., the biggest seller of cyber insurance to businesses, is bringing cyber insurance and risk mitigation services adapted from its CyberEdge commercial insurance product to its high net worth personal lines insurance clients. AIG is offering the new product, called Family CyberEdge, to …

Insurtech Startups Take Note: Traditional Insurers Score Highest Ever Satisfaction Grades

Those uppity insurtech startups might want to take note: About one of every 15 U.S. homeowners insurance policyholders files a claim each year, and these claimants are now giving insurers their highest ever satisfaction ratings. The J.D. Power 2017 U.S. …

Court Blocks U.S. Suits by Jewish Families Against Palestinian Authority

A federal appeals court says the families of Jewish worshippers who were killed or wounded during a 2011 attack in the West Bank can’t sue the Palestinian Authority for damages in U.S. courts. The decision last Friday upheld a lower …

4 Million Driving Jobs at Risk from Autonomous Vehicles: Report

As many as four million truck, bus, delivery and taxi driving jobs could be lost if fully autonomous vehicle technology is adopted in a short period of time, according to a new report. With more than 30 companies—including automakers BMW, Daimler …