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Division of Workers’ Compensation Cautions Community About Coercing Medical Evaluators

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has issued a statement advising that it is “neither ethical nor proper to attempt to coerce medical providers.” According to William Zachry, vice president of corporate workers’ compensation for Safeway and chair of the …

Insurers File Lawsuit to Stop Calif. Auto Insurance Regulations

Three insurance trade groups have filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to stop enforcement of California Department of Insurance (CDI) auto rating regulations, which they say are “unfair” and “will harm millions of California policyholders.” The lawsuit was …

California Announces Protections for Disability Insurance Consumers

California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced a settlement with several insurance industry associations over proposed restrictions on disability income contract provisions. Under the agreement, a framework has been created for submission and approval of group and individual DI contractos tha …

Word & Brown General Agency Introduces California CPA ProtectPlus

The Word & Brown General Agency based in Orange, Calif., has introduced California CPA ProtectPlus, a benefits program designed for certified public accountant (CPA) employers with two to 199 employees, offering it through California licensed health insurance brokers and agents. …

Colorado Casualty Provides Disaster Planning Web Tool for Businesses

Businesses insured through Colorado Casualty, a member of Liberty Mutual Group, will be among the first in the Mountain West and Southwest states to be able to use Open for Business, a free, web-based tool that allows them to plan …

Safeco’s New Auto Policy Designed to Give Customers More Choices

Safeco has introduced a redesigned auto policy aimed at better fitting customers’ lives. The new Safeco Auto Policy* is designed to cover the needs of today’s typical drivers — including coverage of manufacturer-installed audio/video equipment and children’s car-seat replacement in …

Universal Health Care Plan Approved in San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a plan that would give adults access to medical services regardless of their immigration or employment status. Financed by local government, mandatory contributions from employers and income-adjusted premiums, the …

Colorado Seizes $5 Million in Collateral from Bail Bond Agent

Colorado regulators said Tuesday they had seized about $5 million in loan documents and other collateral from a bail bond agent, saying some of it may have been improperly kept from the people who posted it. The state Division of …

Berkshire Hathaway Subsidiary Acquires Two Calif. WC Companies

Columbia Insurance Company, a member of the Berkshire Hathaway Group of Insurance Companies, has agreed to acquire American All-Risk Insurance Services (AARIS) and American Commercial Claim Administrators (ACCA), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Acacia Pacific Holdings (APH). AARIS and ACCA are …

Gomez Joins Bass & Associates Insurance Services

Bass & Associates Insurance Services, a California based wholesale brokerage firm operating in California, Nevada and Arizona announced a partnership with Mario Gomez, formerly vice president of Lemac and Associates. Mario brings more than 20 years experience in wholesale specialty …

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