Insurance Journal » Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:18:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Missouri DOI Recommends Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/15/350181.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:54:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350181 The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.4 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs for 2015. The key driver of the decrease is the favorable loss experience in 2012, according to the department. “A decrease in large …

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Unlicensed Uber Drivers Ticketed by Plainclothes Officers in Missouri Town http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/09/349363.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:41:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349363 Plainclothes Columbia, Mo., police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ridesharing company Uber. City staff and Uber had been negotiating regulations that would have licensed rideshare drivers after an application process that included a background check, proof …

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Rewards Offered for Information in Missouri Protest Arsons http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/09/349359.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:35:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349359 The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to arrests in the intentional fires set after the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting. The ATF announced the …

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Lockton Promotes Fischer to VP in St. Louis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/05/349072.htm Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:22:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349072 The St. Louis, Mo., office of independent insurance broker, Lockton, has promoted Diane Fischer to vice president, unit manager of risk management. Fischer joined Lockton in 2007, with more than 20 years of national account underwriting and broking experience. Since that …

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Missouri Seeking Administrator/Insurer for Workers’ Comp Residual Market http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/25/348252.htm Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:38:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348252 The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration is seeking to contract with one or more entities to administer and provide workers’ compensation insurance for the state’s Workers’ Compensation Alternative Residual Market Plan (ARM Plan). All bidders must …

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Hlasney Named Director, of Lockton Health Risk Solutions in Kansas City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/18/347391.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:42:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347391 Todd Hlasney has been promoted to director of Lockton Health Risk Solutions for Lockton’s Kansas City benefits operation. Hlasney joined Lockton in 2013 as a Health Risk Solutions consultant, partnering with client leaders and Lockton account teams to establish the cultural, financial, and operational …

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Missouri-Based Cameron Mutual Names Lindquist CFO/Treasurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/17/347258.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:39:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347258 Cameron, Mo.-based Cameron Mutual Insurance Co. has appointed Peter A. Lindquist as chief financial officer/treasurer. Lindquist, a CPA who holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, comes to Cameron Mutual from Monitor Liability Managers LLC, in Rolling Meadows, Ill., …

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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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