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Starkweather & Shepley Names Healthcare Risk Specialist in Massachusetts

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. has appointed Stephen Primiano as healthcare risk specialist. Primiano will be working out of Starkweather’s Westwood, Mass., location, where he will continue to develop risk management strategies for hospitals, physician practices, assisted living communities, …

N.J. Residents Providing Valuable Storm-Proofing Ideas for Post-Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

While scientists, politicians and engineers ponder ways to better protect New Jersey from storms like Superstorm Sandy, some of the best ideas are coming from those who suffered the most. As the second summer after Sandy approaches, several of the …

N.Y. Sen.: TRIA Renewal Vital for Economic Development in Cities Across Country

The U.S. Senate is close to extending an insurance program Sen. Charles Schumer said is vital to New York’s post-9/11 resurgence and economic development in cities across the country. Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a bill on April 10 that would extend …

N.Y. Lawmakers Examining Auto Insurance Costs, Rate Factors

Auto insurers use many factors, including a motorist’s education and occupation, to accurately gauge their risk, industry representatives told state lawmakers on April 10, a week after a consumer advocacy group called the practice unfair. “The more accurate we can …

N.Y. Regulators to Start Licensing Title Insurance Agents for First Time

New York’s new budget gives state financial regulators authority to issue licenses to title insurance agents for the first time. Sponsors say the measure is intended to protect consumers and lower costs for New York homeowners. The state’s Department of …

Massachusetts Judge Criticizes AIG in $7M Decision

A Massachusetts judge has ordered AIG Inc. to pay at least $7 million to a Wellesley, Mass., man injured after he was struck by a bus in a scathing decision that accuses the insurer of hiding evidence and manipulating witnesses. …

New York’s Health Commissioner to Step Down for California Job

New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah will step down in June to take an executive position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California, the health department said Wednesday. During Shah’s tenure as state health commissioner, he became a lightning …

N.Y. Aims to Improve Patient Handling, Protect Hospital Staffs From Injuries

New York is directing health officials and hospitals to identify best practices for safely handling patients in an effort to reduce rough lifting and better protect staff from back injuries. State legislation proposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration …

Aon Accused by N.Y.-N.J. Port Authority of Unauthorized Commissions

Aon Plc was sued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which claims the insurance broker kept unauthorized commissions and failed to return premium overpayments, causing the agency to pay millions of dollars more than it should …

N.J.’s Consolidated Insurance Agents Changes Name to ANE, Eyes Expansion

Consolidated Insurance Agents, a network of independent insurance agencies in New Jersey, is changing its name to ANE, Agency Network Exchange. It also unveiled a plan to add resources and staff to expand its network of more than 40 independent …

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