Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Affordable Care Act Does Not Crowd Out Workers’ Compensation Claimants: NCCI Research

New industry research has found that while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the number of people who are medically insured, it has not hurt access to medical care for workers’ compensation claimants, which had …

Federal Judge Upholds Airbnb Arbitration Clause in Racial Bias Case

A man who claims that the online lodging site Airbnb violated his civil rights must take his complaint to arbitration with Airbnb and cannot sue the online service, a federal judge has ruled. In a Nov. 1 ruling, Judge Christopher …

Progressive’s Barbagallo Elected Chair of PCI

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) elected new officers to its board of governors this week during the association’s annual meeting. John Barbagallo, commercial lines group president, Progressive Insurance Group, was elected PCI’s chair; Kurt Bock, CEO, Country …

The Insurance Industry of Tomorrow

There was a great turnout for the future of the insurance industry early this month in Las Vegas. The occasion was the first InsureTech Connect Conference, which brought together an estimated 1,500 tech entrepreneurs, investors and insurance executives from around …

Could Allstate’s ‘5 Minute’ Small Business Policy Transform Commercial Lines Sales?

At a time when technology startups are also targeting the small commercial insurance market, giant Allstate has debuted a hi-tech business insurance quoting platform that it says makes it possible for  small business owners to buy a policy in about …

10 Takeaways from the Future of Insurance and InsureTech Connect Conference

You’ve probably heard. There is tremendous investor interest right now in technology-first insurance startups, or insurtech firms. The first InsureTech Connect Conference in Las Vegas in early October attracted an estimated 1,500 tech entrepreneurs, investors and insurance executives from around …

Commercial Lines Tech Startup Embroker Now Open for Business

Technology-inspired startup insurance broker Embroker, which bills itself as the first modern business insurance platform, has officially launched. Embroker is a commercial lines platform that empowers — hence the name, Embroker — businesses of all sizes to manage, buy, analyze, …

Esurance Doubles-Down on Election Coverage Prank with Sweepstakes

Online insurance seller Esurance, which offered fake Election Insurance in an April Fools’ Day prank that it says created a “furor of demand” from Americans this election year, has created a sweepstakes for people who want to “explore their future …

Startup P2P Insurer Lemonade Reveals How First 48 Hours of Business Went

Lemonade, the peer-to-peer insurtech startup that launched only a few weeks ago on Sept. 21 selling renters and homeowners insurance in New York, sold 142 policies and generated $14,300 in gross written premium in its first 48 hours. In an …

Betting on the Insurance Industry of Tomorrow at InsureTech Conference

There was a great turnout for the future of the insurance industry this week in Las Vegas. The occasion was the first InsureTech Connect Conference, which brought together an estimated 1,500 tech entrepreneurs, investors and insurance executives from around the …