Insurance Journal » Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:44:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Iowa Man: City Should Pay for Tear Gas Damage at Rental Home http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/26/362186.htm Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:34:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362186 A Marshalltown, Iowa, man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect. Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council that he filed a …

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Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362084.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:39:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362084 Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

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Iowa House Panel OKs Car Insurance Tracking Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360998.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:18:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360998 People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel. Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill before sending it to a full …

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90% of Parents Waive Teen Driving Restriction in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360634.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:26:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360634 An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt their kids out of the requirement. According to data …

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Insurer Sues Owners of Iowa Building Ravaged by Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360626.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:16:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360626 An insurance company that owns structures next to a downtown Younkers, Iowa, building ravaged by a massive fire last year has a filed a lawsuit against the building’s owners and the companies responsible for its renovation. In the lawsuit, EMC Insurance …

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Arnold Promoted in ACE Agriculture’s Iowa-Based Rain and Hail Division http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/11/360098.htm Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:45:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360098 ACE Group appointed Scott Arnold as deputy division president of Rain and Hail, a division of ACE Agriculture based in Johnston, Iowa. Arnold was previously executive vice president of Rain and Hail field operations, where he oversaw the company’s 10 divisional offices …

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Safety Concerns Block Effort to Raise Interstate Speed Limit in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/09/359852.htm Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:19:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359852 Iowa drivers will stay out of the fast lane for now, after lawmakers did not advance a bill that would have boosted the speed limit on interstate highways, bringing it in line with many nearby states. The bill sought to …

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Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/03/359151.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:33:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359151 Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

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Liquidation Looms for Midwest Insurance Cooperative http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/02/358994.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:08:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358994 An insurance cooperative created to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska will be formally liquidated this weekend. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said that a Polk County judge has agreed to approve the liquidation plan. CoOportunity is a federally …

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Iowa Bill that Would Help Pregnant Workers Advances http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/12/357323.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:08:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357323 A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require Iowa businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees. Members of a labor and business relations subcommittee approved the bill Feb. 10. It now heads to a full committee for …

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Nationwide to Move 175 Jobs from Iowa to Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/02/356145.htm Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:06:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356145 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has plans to move 175 jobs out of Des Moines, Iowa, to its Ohio headquarters. Company spokesman Eric Hardgrove tells the Des Moines Register the company’s home mortgage operations will be relocated to headquarters in Columbus, …

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Iowa Insurance Broker Plans to Add 90 Jobs over 3 Years http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/02/356125.htm Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:48:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356125 A Dubuque, Iowa-based insurance broker has announced plans to add 90 jobs over the next three years. Cottingham & Butler President and CEO David Becker tells the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that it could add as many as 45 jobs this …

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Iowa Testing System to Determine Safer Speeds on Icy Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/30/355909.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355909 The Iowa Transportation Department is testing a new system that could help motorists drive more safely on icy roadways. Des Moines television station KCCI says the testing is underway on an 11-mile stretch of Interstate 35 north of Des Moines. …

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Indiana City Moves to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355487.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:35:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355487 A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity. Muncie’s parks department has placed bales of straw around trees at the bottom of a popular sledding hill in McCulloch Park. The department also …

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Iowa, Nebraska Officials Seek to Close Insurance Co-Op http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/25/355274.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:39:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355274 Iowa’s top insurance official announced plans to ask a court to end a cooperative that was selling health insurance to residents in Iowa and Nebraska – a move that will limit options for consumers in both states. Iowa Insurance Commissioner …

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Study Finds New Predictors of Workers’ Comp Outcomes in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/23/354970.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:10:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354970 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Iowa improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury ― leading …

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Hub International Acquires Iowa-Based Brokerage, Ruhl & Ruhl http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/23/351027.htm Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:34:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351027 Global insurance broker, Hub International Limited (Hub), announced that its Chicago-area region Hub International Midwest (Hub Midwest) has acquired the assets of Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, based in Davenport, Iowa. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 1862, Ruhl …

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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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AssureStart Adds 5 States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/16/349384.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:17:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349384 Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

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Sheriff: Woman Critically Injured in Iowa Warehouse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/09/349361.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:37:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349361 Iowa authorities say a worker at a beef jerky distribution facility has been critically injured after a pallet fell on her head. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office tells KETV-TV the woman was hospitalized in Council Bluffs. The accident was reported …

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Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Iowa-Based Miller-Harrison Insurance Services http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/20/347664.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:35:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347664 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced it has acquired Miller-Harrison Insurance Services in Muscatine, Iowa. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1919, Miller-Harrison is a retail insurance broker providing commercial property/casualty, risk management consulting and personal lines insurance …

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Iowa State Building Contaminated with Lead http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/11/346507.htm Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:28:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346507 Testing has identified lead dust contamination on the first two levels of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa, which houses 495 state employees. The Des Moines Register reported that it learned of the contamination through a state …

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Arson Suspected in Dubuque, Iowa, Vehicle Fires http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/27/344887.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:12:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344887 Dubuque, Iowa, police and fire department officials say they are investigating two vehicle fires as arson. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reportsthat the fires were reported before dawn on Oct. 23 in a parking lot. Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says …

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EMC Insurance Office to Replace Downtown Des Moines Buildings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/20/344102.htm Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:25:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344102 An insurance company plans to begin demolishing three downtown Des Moines, Iowa, structures to make room for a new office building. EMC Insurance spokeswoman Lisa Hamilton tells The Des Moines Register that crews will begin tearing down the three brick …

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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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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/08/339679.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:25:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339679 Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

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Two Plead Guilty in Iowa to Defrauding AIG, Face Decades in Prison http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/04/339638.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:46:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339638 Former Iowa resident Christina M. Pender and California resident Robert K. Taylor have pled guilty to defrauding insurance company AIG out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa announced. Taylor also …

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Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/03/339389.htm Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:25:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339389 The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

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Coast Guard: 12 Injured in Iowa Water Taxi Accident http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/12/337379.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:18:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337379 The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s investigating a water taxi accident in Iowa that injured 12 people, including two children who were sent to the hospital. Passengers told KWQC-TV and the Quad-City Times that a Channel Cat water taxi crashed …

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Report: Few Iowans Acknowledge Smoking on Insurance Applications http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/01/336544.htm Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:33:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336544 Surveys show about 20 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but a much smaller percentage acknowledged their habit when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 percent …

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