Insurance Journal » Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/18/350630.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350630 Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

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Indiana County Needs to Find $3M to Pay for Insurance Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/15/350121.htm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:27:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350121 Porter County officials in Indiana are scrambling to find $3 million to pay health insurance bills after the county council failed to set aside enough money to cover costs this year. County Commissioner Laura Blaney told The Times in Munster …

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Indiana Records New Low in Workplace Injuries, Illnesses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/10/349646.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:19:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349646 Indiana officials say nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses across the state fell to the lowest rate on record with 3.8 per 100 full-time workers last year. The Indiana Department of Labor says the annual rate improves on the 2012 rate …

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Ohio and Indiana Joint Venture to Fly Drones to Aid Farmers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/02/348675.htm Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:58:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348675 A joint venture between Ohio and Indiana is teaming up with an Ohio college to fly drone missions aimed at helping farmers boost crop yields. The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center in Springfield, Ohio, and Ohio State University are teaming …

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Erie Insurance Introduces Auto Rideshare Cover in Indiana, Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/19/347583.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347583 Erie Insurance has launched auto insurance coverage to protect drivers who use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft in two Midwestern states, eliminating confusion for ridesharing drivers over what’s covered and when. Erie’s new coverage, currently available in Indiana and …

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Healthcare Overhaul Boosts Earnings at Insurer WellPoint http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/30/345468.htm Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:19:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345468 Indianapolis, Ind.-based WellPoint raised its 2014 earnings forecast again and trumped third-quarter expectations as the overhaul of the healthcare system adds millions to the nation’s health insurance rolls, and at a lower cost than was expected at the nation’s second …

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Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Licensed in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/29/345277.htm Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:20:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345277 Universal Insurance Holdings Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), has been approved as a licensed insurance entity in Indiana. UPCIC expects to file its homeowners insurance rates and forms with the Indiana Department of …

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Indiana-Based Voldico Insurance Hires Robinson as President http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/22/344432.htm Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:52:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344432 Voldico Insurance, based in Osgood, Ind., has hired John Robinson as president. Robinson will oversee strategy setting, operational and revenue growth initiatives for the company. He will be the primary relationship manager with Voldico’s insurance carriers. Robinson will work out of …

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Bus Passengers File Suit over Crash Near Indianapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/17/343998.htm Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:18:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343998 Four people who were on board a double-decker passenger bus that crashed near Indianapolis, Ind., are suing the bus company. The Chicago residents filed the lawsuit Oct. 15 in a Cook County, Ill., court, claiming negligence by the Megabus line …

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Tour Bus Crashes in Indiana, Passengers Injured http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/15/343701.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:23:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343701 A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 14 after apparently swerving to avoid an earlier crash, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others, officials said. The …

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High Net Worth Insurer, Crestbrook, Expands into Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/08/343033.htm Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:45:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343033 Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines offering from Nationwide, announced its expansion into Indiana. Crestbrook offers insurance products through appointed agents and brokers that address the unique coverage needs for home, auto, collections, personal excess liability, secondary residences …

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Kansas Court Ruling on Drivers Applies to Old Practice, FedEx Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/05/342716.htm Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:32:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342716 FedEx Corp. said a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court that, under state law, its drivers are employees rather than independent contractors applies to a business practice it hasn’t been using since 2011. The company said in a statement posted …

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Farm Fatalities Continue Downward Trend in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/30/342004.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:40:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342004 The downward trend of Indiana’s farm-related fatalities continued in 2013 as the state saw 18 deaths, according to a Purdue University report. The total is eight fewer than were reported in 2012, giving Indiana fewer than 30 documented deaths from …

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Workplace Deaths Increase in Indiana in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/17/340789.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340789 State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years. The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker …

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Indiana City Replacing Flooded Homes with Trees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/15/340472.htm Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340472 By the end of next year, a forest planted in Franklin, Ind., to replace dozens of flood-damaged homes will have about twice the number of trees it has now. But residents will have to wait several years before the trees …

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Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Acquires Dezelan Insurance Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/02/339202.htm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:17:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339202 Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc. has acquired Dezelan Insurance Agency located in Indianapolis, Ind. Founded in 1927, Dezelan Insurance Agency (Dezelan) is a retail insurance broker providing property/casualty and risk management consulting services. The firm offers all lines …

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Assured Neace Lukens Hires Seager to Support Midwest Clients http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339056.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:15:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339056 Louisville, Ky.-based Assured Neace Lukens hired Cary Seager as Health & Productivity manager. In her new role, Seager will support Assured Neace Lukens clients in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Ind., markets with customized and results-oriented health …

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Indiana Town Reaches Settlement in Taser Shock Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/28/338969.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:48:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338969 The southern Indiana tourist town of Nashville has reached a settlement with a Michigan man who accused a deputy marshal of shocking him with a Taser gun while he was having a seizure. The Herald-Times reports the terms of the …

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Torrential Rains Bring Floods, Fires to Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338519.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:29:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338519 Residents in central and northern Indiana battled fire and water after torrential rains overnight caused widespread flooding on Aug. 22. Firefighters in northeastern Indiana were cut off from a blaze at an auto repair shop by three to five feet …

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California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/22/338418.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338418 La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

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Berkley Fire & Marine Underwriters Hires O’Connell in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/18/337801.htm Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:21:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337801 Chicago, Ill.-based Berkley Fire & Marine Underwriters hired Kiley O’Connell as territory underwriting manager for the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. O’Connell is responsible for agency relationships and underwriting management for the newly …

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Underground Blasts Force Evacuations in Downtown Indianapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/15/337681.htm Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:52:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337681 A series of small underground transformer explosions rocked downtown Indianapolis on Aug. 13, sending brownish-gray smoke billowing into the streets and forcing evacuations from nearby buildings. The explosions about 1:30 p.m. outside the Circle Centre shopping and entertainment mall rattled …

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Indiana-Based Insurer WellPoint to Change Name to Anthem http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/14/337571.htm Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:35:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337571 WellPoint, one of the biggest players on the health care overhaul’s new insurance exchanges, wants to switch its corporate name back to the Anthem brand its customers know by the end of this year. The nation’s second-largest health insurer said …

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Trucking Company Seeks Limit on Suits over Indiana Highway Repair Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/23/335594.htm Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335594 A trucking company wants the state appeals court to limit the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue over damage done to state highways. The challenge is in court as the highway agency is trying to collect more from those …

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Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

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Cost to Indiana City for Wabash River Levee Repairs Estimated at $2M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335074.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:22:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335074 A southwestern Indiana city will need to spend more than $2 million to repair its Wabash River flood levees, although that is much less than officials previously projected. Vincennes officials say the repairs are needed before the levees can be …

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Iroquois Group Adds Source Insurance in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334813.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334813 The Source Insurance Group & Financial Services LLC of Fishers, Ind., joined agency network The Iroquois Group on June 18. Iroquois, a network of property and casualty insurance agencies, now lists more than 2,000 member agencies in 39 states. Source: …

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Indiana Issues Few Tickets in 1st 3 Years of Texting Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/30/333316.htm Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:41:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333316 A three-year-old law barring Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than tickets from police officers, who say the law makes it hard to prove a driver is in violation. The 2011 law was a follow-up to …

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EF-1 Tornado Touches Down Near Indianapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/26/333044.htm Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:14:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333044 A tornado-producing storm that hit central Indiana on June 24 damaged several homes in Indianapolis and its outskirts, downed power lines and uprooted trees, authorities said. It was one of several thunderstorms that sprang up in southwestern Indiana near Terre …

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Brotherhood Mutual Promotes Rowley to Assistant VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/16/332118.htm Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:31:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332118 Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. promoted Sabra Rowley to the position of assistant vice president – affiliate operations. Rowley will oversee all of the management and operations of Brotherhood Mutual’s subsidiaries — the American Church Group agencies and …

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