Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:35:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Welch to Retire as President/CEO at Grange Insurance; Ammendola to Assume the Posts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/29/341879.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:26:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341879 Tom Welch, president and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based Grange Insurance, has announced that he will retire as of January 2015. The company’s board of directors has elected John Ammendola, executive vice president and chief property and casualty officer, to assume …

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Lawmakers Question the Adequacy of Traffic Control After Fire Halts Flights http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/29/341851.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:05:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341851 The havoc created by a suicidal technician at a Chicago-area flight-control center has some lawmakers asking how a single person armed with gasoline and knives could bring down part of the U.S. air-traffic system. Damage caused last week by a …

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Settlement Reached in Missouri Traffic Camera Lawsuits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/28/341809.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:31:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341809 Hundreds of thousands of people who got tickets when their vehicles were photographed running red lights in Missouri could be in line to get some money back, under a proposed legal settlement announced on Sept. 26. Attorneys for ticketed drivers …

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Agents Group to Hold Forum for Kansas Insurance Post Candidates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/28/341804.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:18:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341804 The candidates for Kansas insurance commissioner are having a forum in October in Wichita. The event is Oct. 17 at the Wichita Marriott hotel and is sponsored by the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents. The forum is part of an …

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Ohio BWC Board Approves Additional $1B Rebate to Employers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/26/341761.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:51:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341761 Ohio employers will receive another $1 billion rebate and workers will benefit from a major new investment in worker safety research and training, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The BWC’s board has approved “Another Billion Back,” …

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More Minnesota Counties Qualify for Disaster Aid http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/26/341746.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:45:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341746 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 more Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rain, flooding and cold temperatures from May 1 through July 1. The designation makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible …

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Missouri Contractor Going to Prison for Tornado Repair Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/26/341742.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:09:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341742 A southwest Missouri contractor is going to prison for stealing more than $73,000 from an elderly Joplin couple who hired him to repair their home after the May 2011 tornado. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 59-year-old Terry Alton Parker, of …

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Lahn to Lead Grinnell Mutual’s Legal Division http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341666.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:48:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341666 Pete Lahn has been appointed senior vice president of legal, secretary and general counsel for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.,  in Grinnell, Iowa. The appointment is effective Dec. 19, 2014. Lahn brings more than 25 years of legal and property/casualty experience to …

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9.1% Drop in Local Government Workers’ Comp Rates Proposed by Ohio BWC http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341631.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:42:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341631 The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) proposed to its board of directors an average rate reduction of 9.1 percent for Ohio’s 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special districts covered by the BWC. Overall, due to the proposed …

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New Michigan Law Lets Uninsured Drivers Do Community Service http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341624.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:39:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341624 Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law allowing drivers who owe extra “responsibility” fees for certain offenses to do 10 hours of community service instead. The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines over two years for not …

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Number of Carriers in Missouri’s Health Insurance Marketplace to Double http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341621.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:35:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341621 Missouri could have twice as many health insurers participating next year in a federally run website. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says eight insurers plan to offer policies for 2015 on Missouri’s health insurance exchange. Four offered …

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Willis North America Adds Bur as Producer, VP in Kansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341612.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:29:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341612 Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, has appointed Kevin Bur as producer and vice president at Willis of Greater Kansas Inc. Bur will be responsible for business development within …

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Almost 15K Vehicles Stopped During Crackdown in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/24/341540.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:51:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341540 Michigan law enforcement agencies stopped nearly 15,000 vehicles and arrested 169 suspected drunken drivers as part of a late-summer crackdown. The state announced that officers from 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and Michigan State Police posts also issued more …

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Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Cost County $4.2M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/24/341537.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:51:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341537 The unrest in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer has cost St. Louis County more than $4 million. The county’s chief operating officer, Garry Earls, told KMOV-TV that $2.6 million …

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Kansas Company Hit with $134K in Penalties for Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/24/341536.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:48:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341536 Federal safety officials have proposed fining a Kansas-based company nearly $134,000 for what the officials say were welding safety violations in Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that it has cited Watco Cos. …

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Oil Producers Resist Wholesale Safety Overhaul in North Dakota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/24/341529.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:43:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341529 North Dakota oil producers told the state’s energy regulators that existing field practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are safe and that tougher rules could do more harm than good. The comments, at a special hearing of …

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Ohio Utility Hopes to Deter Metal Thieves with New Fencing, Cameras http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/23/341430.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:52:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341430 A major electricity provider in northeast Ohio is installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves. Akron-based FirstEnergy is spending $15 million this year on such efforts to strength security at substations …

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Deere Mulling Options for Crop Insurance Business http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/23/341427.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:51:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341427 Deere & Company, based in Moline, Ill., announced it is reviewing strategic options for its crop insurance business, which underwrites policies through John Deere Insurance Co., a business unit within John Deere Financial. Deere said no formal decisions have been …

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Taiym Joins Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings as CIO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/23/341426.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:51:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341426 Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has hired Said Taiym as chief information officer. Taiym joins the holding company’s executive team and will be responsible for overseeing information technology solutions across the enterprise. Taiym brings 15 years of experience in technology …

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Kansas City Medical Center to Stop Refusing Health Insurance for Crash Injuries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/22/341305.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:45:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341305 Truman Medical Center in Kansas City has agreed to stop rejecting health insurance for some patients injured in auto accidents in order to collect more money from other sources, according to court records. The agreement, which still must be approved …

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Cost of Fire at Milwaukee Courthouse Totals $19.1M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/22/341299.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:39:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341299 Milwaukee County officials say the final cost of a July 2013 electrical fire at the county courthouse is $19.1 million. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the county’s director of administrative services said there has been a final settlement of insurance …

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Bealhen Promoted to VP, Field Operations at United Heartland http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/22/341295.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:34:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341295 United Heartland has promoted Justin Bealhen to vice president of field operations. Bealhen began his career with United Heartland in 2000 and has served as a senior underwriter and regional underwriting manager. Most recently, he was regional director of operations, responsible for …

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Conklin Named Ohio Insurance Department Legislative Liaison http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/19/341191.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:53:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341191 Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor has named Allison Conklin as the Department’s legislative liaison. Conklin will work in the Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs Division. Conklin’s duties will include interfacing with legislators, government agencies and other …

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Ohio: Man Must Sue State to Fix Damage from Falling Concrete http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/19/341169.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:21:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341169 A man whose car was damaged by concrete falling from a bridge just blocks away from where Cincinnati Bengals fans were tailgating will have to sue to get any money out of the state of Ohio. No one was injured, …

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Michigan Panel: Special Authority Needed to Target Car Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/19/341166.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:18:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341166 Michigan should create a special authority devoted to targeting auto insurance fraud and require insurers to more frequently send electronic verification of drivers’ insurance to the state, a task force recommended. The panel, created a year ago by Secretary of …

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Help Coming for Customers as PreferredOne Pulls Out of MNsure http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/19/341164.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:11:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341164 Help will be available for consumers as PreferredOne, the largest provider of coverage for the first year of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, pulls out of the state-run online marketplace, MNsure’s chief executive said. CEO Scott Leitz told MNsure’s board of …

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Minnesota Man Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $990K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/18/341037.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:50:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341037 A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won nearly $1 million after settling his whistleblower lawsuit. David McIntosh lost his job at M.K. Battery …

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Lockton Adds Gabriel, Koslowski to Employee Benefits Team in Milwaukee http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/18/341034.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:40:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341034 Independent insurance broker Lockton, has added Account Executive Tom Gabriel and Senior Account Manager Lori Koslowski to the employee benefits team in its Milwaukee office. Gabriel joins Lockton with more than 25 years of experience in the employee benefits’ arena. …

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Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Losing Low-Cost Carrier http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/18/341029.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:37:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341029 The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. …

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Judge: Michigan City not Liable for Post-Flood Decline in Property Values http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/17/340828.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:07:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340828 A judge has ruled that Traverse City isn’t responsible for declines in property values that could be linked to officials’ decision to remove a northern Michigan dam. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers effectively dismissed parts …

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