Insurance Journal » Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:50:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A.M. Best Assigns ‘A’ Rating to Missouri’s American Shield Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/30/345491.htm Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:37:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345491 A.M. Best announced it assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a+” to American Shield Insurance Co. (American Shield) in Columbia, Mo. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable. The ratings reflect the implementation …

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Lyft Agrees to Temporary Halt of Rideshare Service in Kansas City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/24/344734.htm Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344734 Ridesharing company Lyft will temporarily stop operating in Kansas City, Mo. while it negotiates with the city over ways to allow it to permanently conduct business in the city. Lyft officials said that the drivers will stop working for up …

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Reiff Appointed to Head Lockton Benefit Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/14/343458.htm Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:41:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343458 Kansas City, Mo.-based Lockton named Bob Reiff to lead Lockton Benefit Group, the broker’s global employee benefits consulting business. Reiff will succeed Mike Brewer, president of Lockton Benefit Group since 2004, who is retiring at the end of the year. …

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Missouri Consumer Group Sues Over Health Insurance Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/06/342586.htm Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:04:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342586 A Missouri consumer group announced that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace. …

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Missouri Insurance Regulators Help Recover $7.4M for Consumers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/01/342160.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:23:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342160 The Missouri Department of Insurance announced it helped consumers who filed a complaint against their insurance company receive an additional $7.4 million in claim payments in the first half of 2014. Health insurance topped the list of complaints. The department …

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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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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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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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Northern Missouri Hit by Heavy Rains, Tornadoes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/11/340298.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:31:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340298 A heavy rain storm has left much of northern Missouri facing low-level flooding and cleaning up mostly minor damage caused by tornadoes and high winds. The National Weather Service says 10 inches of rain was reported in Sullivan County near …

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NORCAL Mutual Expands Medical PL Coverage in Kansas, Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/08/339871.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:36:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339871 San Francisco-based NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. is expanding its coverage area to include Kansas and Missouri, offering a new enhanced medical professional liability insurance policy for healthcare professionals. The company’s subsidiary, Medicus Insurance Co., has been offering coverage in these …

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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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Missouri Insurance Director: Workers’ Comp Insurance Costs Likely to Fall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/04/339640.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:47:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339640 Missouri businesses could see a decline in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums next year. The state insurance department says a new report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance indicates that insurers are likely to see a 3.7 percent drop …

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Lack of Skilled Workers a Challenge for Kansas City Area Manufacturers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/03/339402.htm Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:36:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339402 Manufacturing companies in Kansas and Missouri say there are plenty of high-paying jobs available for people qualified to run sophisticated factory equipment, but there doesn’t seem to be enough local talent to fill them. Industry leaders in both states say …

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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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Missouri Regulators Assisting Ferguson Businesses with Property Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/27/338818.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:29:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338818 Representatives from the Missouri Department of Insurance headed to Ferguson on Aug. 27 to assist businesses that experienced damage during recent protests with filing insurance claims and to answer questions about the claims process. The department said it is encouraging …

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Officials: Fewer Deaths on Missouri Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338622.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:41:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338622 Traffic deaths on Missouri roads have been on a downward trend for nearly 10 years, and a highway patrol spokesman said the declining numbers are likely due to several factors that include education and road improvements. The number of traffic …

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Missouri Volunteer Firefighter Gets 20 Years for Arson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338511.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:26:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338511 A volunteer firefighter from eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year. Police say Dustin Matthew Grigsby was sentenced for setting four fires in occupied buildings last year in Lincoln County, although …

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Robber Shoots Employee at Missouri Insurance Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/22/338420.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:33:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338420 Police in Independence, Mo., are looking for a man who shot an employee while robbing an insurance office. Police spokesman Tom Gentry says the shooting occurred in the afternoon on Aug. 20 at the Dingeldein Insurance Group building. He says …

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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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Focus Is on Teens in Missouri Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/21/338312.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:22:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338312 Stressing the financial consequences resulting from an auto accident, the Missouri Department of Insurance is focusing on distracted driving and teens in its latest safety campaign. The department’s MO Eyes on the Road campaign PSA features a teen whose insurance rates …

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St. Louis Propane Truck Explosion Injures 6 Workers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/11/337272.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:34:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337272 A worker at a St. Louis truck terminal was in critical condition on Aug. 8 after a propane tank explosion that injured him and five co-workers. The explosion happened the previous night at a trucking terminal near downtown operated by …

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Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Missouri-Based Travel Insurance Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/11/337267.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:23:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337267 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Trip Mate Inc., based in Kansas City, Mo. Established in 1989, Trip Mate is a full service travel insurance agency that provides a wide variety of travel protection plans and services for their travel …

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Missouri Voters Deny Highway Funding; Officials Fear Rise in Fatalities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/08/337167.htm Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:23:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337167 Missouri transportation officials warned of a potential rise in traffic fatalities and bridge closures, after voters defeated a sales tax hike that would have funded hundreds of highway and transportation projects across the state. The three-quarters cent sales tax had …

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Home Depot Sued Over Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/06/336967.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:02:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336967 A woman whose husband and two children were among eight people killed while taking cover in a Home Depot during the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado contends in a wrongful death lawsuit that the building was negligently constructed. Edie Howard Housel, …

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Columbia Insurance Group Hires Klug as New CFO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/22/335386.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:47:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335386 Missouri-based Columbia Insurance Group (CIG) welcomed Kansas native Kelly Klug, as its new chief financial officer, senior vice president and treasurer. Klug is a trusted insurance and financial professional with over 30 years of proven success. Throughout his career, he …

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Lightning Rod Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/20/335278.htm Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:45:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335278 A 52-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to probation in a lightning rod insurance scam that targeted elderly residents. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that Donald Anthony Moses of Neosho, Mo., was sentenced to two years …

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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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Ban Against Lyft Ride Sharing Service Extended in St. Louis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334816.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:34:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334816 A St. Louis, Mo., judge extended a temporary restraining order that bans the ride-sharing service Lyft from operating in the city or St. Louis County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty said this week that Lyft cannot operate until a …

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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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‘Drafting Error’ Leads to Veto of Missouri Health Insurance Navigator Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/09/334130.htm Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:18:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334130 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation. The vetoed bill would have …

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