Insurance Journal » Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:20:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 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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Height of Iowa Bridge a Challenge for Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/25/335842.htm Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:55:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335842 A low bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is proving challenging to motorists. Drivers of tall vehicles have hit the Canadian National Railroad bridge twice this week and at least five times this year. The bridge is on the north side …

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Iowa Town Gets $1M Federal Grant for Flood Protection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/23/335603.htm Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335603 The city of Eddyville, Iowa, is getting more than $1 million to improve its stormwater handling system to protect the city from Des Moines River flooding. The funding, announced by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, comes from the Federal Emergency Management …

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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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Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/15/334623.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:05:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334623 A former Des Moines, Iowa, insurance agent was sentenced to 41 months in prison for insurance fraud, the Iowa Insurance Division announced. Melissa Ilene Williams, of Dike, Iowa, also was ordered to pay restitution for fabricating and submitting life insurance …

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Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334388.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334388 Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over …

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Grinnell Mutual Names Menary Executive VP, Line Operations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/10/334220.htm Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:24:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334220 Jeff Menary has been appointed executive vice president of line operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Line operations include direct underwriting/production, direct claims, reinsurance and crop hail. Menary has served in leadership roles at the company for more than …

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Wingert Named Executive VP, Support Operations at Grinnell Mutual http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/08/334032.htm Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:10:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334032 Dave Wingert was appointed executive vice president of support operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Support operations include business information services, finance, and human resources/training and development. Wingert joined Grinnell Mutual in 2011 as the chief financial officer, vice …

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