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Allianz Expands Entertainment Division to NYC With New Hires

Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has expanded its Entertainment division with the appointment of four key hires, based in New York City. Allianz Group said this new team in New York City represents a …

Pennsylvania Regulator Offers Consumer Tips for Airbnb Users

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller is offering consumer tips for both guests and hosts of home sharing sites like Airbnb, as use of these sites may rise in Pennsylvania with the state hosting two major national events — the U.S. …

New York Health Insurers Propose Hikes for Individual, Small Group Rates

New York health insurers have proposed premium increases averaging 17.3 percent for next year in the market for individuals and 12 percent for small groups. The New York State Department of Financial Services often reduces proposed increases before approving them. …

Massachusetts Police Wrote 6,131 Tickets for Texting While Driving in 2015

Massachusetts state data show that the number of people getting ticketed by police for texting while driving in Massachusetts has steadily increased since it became illegal six years ago. The state Transportation Department says 6,131 were given tickets for texting …

Ascinsure Hires White as Underwriting Manager in Pittsburgh

Ascinsure Specialty Risk has hired David White as underwriting manager and assistant vice president. He is based in Pittsburgh. Within this role, White will manage and oversee underwriting of all new and renewal business. He will also work to enhance …

Former New Jersey Agent Sentenced for Bilking $1M From MassMutual

A former insurance agent in Essex County, New Jersey, is going to prison for bilking Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company of more than $1 million in commissions and bonuses. A judge sentenced 33-year-old Stanley Jerome of Orange, New Jersey, to …

Main Street America Group Expands Private Passenger Auto Coverage to Conn., N.H.

The Main Street America Group has expanded its private passenger auto insurance program to Connecticut and New Hampshire. Highlights of the Main Street Protection Auto program, which was first launched in South Carolina and Virginia last fall, include a lineup …

Pittsburgh-Based Highmark Sues Federal Government Over ACA Payments

Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark Inc. is suing the federal government saying it’s owed about $223 million under the Affordable Care Act for losses in 2014. Highmark filed the lawsuit in a Washington federal claims court on Tuesday. The health insurer …

Brightway Insurance Announces 2 Agency Owners in Pennsylvania

Brightway Insurance, a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has announced two agency owners in Pennsylvania. Kate Gowen has opened a new Brightway agency in Lansdale, and Rob Richardson has opened …

Lockton Acquires Outland Consultants in Connecticut

Insurance broker Lockton announced Thursday that it has acquired Outland Consultants, a global employee benefits consultancy in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Since 1998, Outland Consultants has worked with international companies to help assess and manage …

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