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Missouri Insurance Regulator: Aetna/Humana Plan Would Limit Competition

Missouri’s insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation’s third-largest health insurer to buy another insurance company. State Insurance Director John Huff says Aetna’s planned purchase of Humana would sap competition from an already concentrated market. …

North Dakota Governor: Oil Industry ‘Solid’

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple told industry and government officials on May 25 that the state’s unprecedented oil boom that made it the economic darling of the nation is far from going bust. “From our perspective, we think that this …

Indiana Department of Insurance Approves Anthem’s Cigna Acquisition

The health insurer Anthem Inc. announced it has received approval from Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson for the acquisition of Cigna HealthCare of Indiana Inc., a subsidiary of Cigna Corp. On July 23, 2015 Anthem and Cigna …

Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Closer to Passage in Ohio

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has squeaked through a critical Senate panel over opposition of some Republicans and Democrats. The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee’s 7-to-5 vote sets the stage for probable passage of the bill …

Stortzum Joins Alliant’s ProQuest Division in Chicago

Lawyers professional liability specialist Nate Stortzum has joined the ProQuest division of Alliant Insurance Services as vice president. Stortzum is based in Chicago Prior to joining ProQuest, Stortzum was Midwest regional manager for the IronPro division of Ironshore. There, he was …

Tornadoes Destroy Homes in Western Kansas, Damage Assessment Begins

Crews were evaluating the damage Wednesday after tornadoes destroyed several homes and left two people critically injured in western Kansas as a series of severe storms swept across the Plains. Meanwhile, one person drowned in central Oklahoma after a vehicle …

North Dakota Company Settles Racial Discrimination Suit for $250K

A Williston, N.D.-based oil field service company will pay $250,000 to a worker it fired after he complained of harassment to settle a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit filed a year …

Omaha Bills Minnesota Excavator that Struck Gas Line, Causing Explosion

The city of Omaha, Neb., has billed a Minnesota excavation company nearly $104,000 for the costs of fighting a fire that erupted after a natural gas explosion. The city and safety regulators say North Central Service of Bemidji, Minn., workers …

South Dakota Reminds Surplus Lines Insurance Brokers of Policy Filing Changes

The South Dakota Division of Insurance has issued a bulletin to surplus lines insurance brokers of changes in store for the filing of surplus lines policies. The changes are due to the wind down of the Nonadmitted Insurance Multi-State Agreement …

American Family Insurance Signs Baseball’s Jeter as Brand Ambassador

Madison, Wis.-based American Family Insurance has tapped Derek Jeter – retired New York Yankees shortstop, 14-time All-Star, future Hall of Famer, businessman and philanthropist – as the company’s newest brand ambassador. American Family Insurance said it will partner with Jeter …

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