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Insurance Pros: What Are Your Thoughts on Climate Change?

President Barack Obama and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush declared a war of words within the war on climate change this week. The two diametrically opposed politicians’ verbal clash in the media may be a portentous glimpse at one of …

IronHealth Launches Provider Protection for Bundled Payment Contracts

IronHealth, the specialty healthcare unit of Ironshore Inc., has introduced a program to protect healthcare providers from the financial risks associated with bundled payment contracts. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as commercial payors and self-funded …

Smartcars Could Cause Traffic Headaches

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study. By 2024, mobile networks …

Top 5 Risks For Grocers That Are Often Uninsured

Grocery retailers traditionally face a number of risks that are not covered by typical property, crime or cyber insurance programs. A new white paper report from global independent insurance broker Lockton — “Insuring the Operational Risks of Grocers with Intangible …

BP Settles Gulf Oil Spill Cross Claims with Halliburton, Transocean

BP Plc has settled with oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. and contract driller Transocean Ltd. cross claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history. BP still faces a potential fine of …

Car Owners Seeking Air Bag Recall Information Swamp NHTSA Website

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who yesterday were urged to check a government website and see if their air bags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is …

Here’s What’s Happening to Healthcare Costs for Typical Family

The cost of healthcare for a typical American family of four will rise about 6.3 percent this year, or $1,456, driven in great measure by higher prescription drug prices. The latest study by the consulting and actuarial firm Milliman Inc. …

Senate Bill Would Raise Amtrak Liability Limit

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has filed legislation aimed at helping victims of the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment. Nelson’s bill would raise the current $200 million cap on the amount a passenger rail company is obligated to pay victims …

Takata Agrees to Recall 34 Million Cars for Air Bag Replacement

Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. is doubling a recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. The recall involves passenger- and …

Vertafore’s Answer to Google Compare for Agents

Some consumers may be agog over Google Compare, but insurance industry vendors like software provider Vertafore have been working to deliver quotes and ratings more quickly and conveniently for years. That’s the message from Dave Bevan, director of product management …

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