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More Than 10 Million Adults Gain Health Coverage Since Obamacare Began

An estimated 10.3 million American adults have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrollment began last October, with the biggest gains among young adults and Hispanics, according to a study published this week. The findings by researchers from the Harvard School …

Congress Urged to Help Miners with Black Lung Disease

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress this week to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease. “I look to y’all to help us to get that which we …

Hartwig Turns Back King Hammurabi’s Playbook on Resilience

The U.S. government today may be starting to embrace concepts that date back to Babylonian King Hammurabi’s reign some 3,800 years ago. When President Barack Obama on July 16 issued a set of climate change initiatives encouraging steps like guarding the …

Are Storm Shutters Unsafe?

Esther Mibab felt nervous in her home in The Acreage in West Pam Beach, Florida. So nervous that she kept her accordion-style hurricane shutters closed, even in the off-season. Closed and locked. From the outside. Authorities say that cost her …

Insurers Overemphasizing Digital Service Risk Alienating Customers: Bain

Global top performers in the high-churn personal insurance industry win over customers with consistent outreach that relies on multiple channels for customers to connect including phone, internet or face-to-face.  However, insurers that overemphasize digital channels at the expense of traditional …

1 in 4 Young Adults Don’t Leave Home; Trend Expected to Rise

The share of young adults living with parents or other family members in the U.S. continues to grow in the aftermath of the most severe recession in the post- World War II era. A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1 …

Ascent Increases U.S. Medical Billings E&O Limits, Adds Reputational Harm Cover

Ascent Underwriting, a managing general agent (MGA) specializing in emerging and professional risks, has enhanced its CyberPro medical billings errors and omissions product and increased limit availability to $5 million. The insurance product was launched at the end of last …

Liberty Mutual Launches Towing Program Through Trinity Transportation Services

Liberty Mutual Insurance, through its program administrator Trinity Transportation Services, LLC, is now offering coverage for towing companies. The Liberty Mutual Trinity Towing Program offers commercial auto, general liability, property, inland marine and excess/umbrella coverages for towing operations and vehicles. …

Supreme Court Could Get Obamacare Subsidies Question

The U.S. Supreme Court may not be done with Obamacare yet. With appellate courts reaching opposite conclusions on the same day about a crucial financing provision of the 2010 law, a third showdown before the justices is probable. Splits among …

Big ‘I’ Group Names Cantor Ex-Aide Stewart to Capitol Hill Lobbying Team

Wyatt Stewart has joined the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”) Capitol Hill team as director of federal government affairs. Stewart, a native of Washington, D.C., joins a bipartisan lobbying team primarily as a liaison to Republican …

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