Insurance Journal » Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:32:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Keystone Adds 3 Missouri Agencies to Network http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/09/374586.htm Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:53:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374586 Keystone Insurers Group added three new partners in Missouri. The partners are: Jerome L. Howe Inc. of St. Louis; Schroepfer Bauer Insurance Agency of Union; and Custom Insurance Services Inc. of Crystal City. Jerome L. Howe offers insurance and benefits …

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Report Says Police Actions Escalated Ferguson Unrest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/01/373705.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:36:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373705 Police antagonized crowds gathered to protest in Ferguson, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report summary obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The summary cited “vague and arbitrary” …

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Valley Insurance Agency Alliance Hires Gamble as Recruiter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/07/367261.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 01:04:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367261 St. Louis, Mo.-based Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), comprising nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, hired Grady Gamble as a recruiter for Missouri. Gamble will implement a regional plan to pursue and enlist new partnerships with …

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Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Midwest Healthcare Consulting Firm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/01/366598.htm Fri, 01 May 2015 16:46:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366598 Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Integrated Healthcare Strategies located in Kansas City, Mo., and Minneapolis, Minn. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With operations dating back to 1974, Integrated Healthcare Strategies (Integrated) provides strategic human resources consulting services specifically …

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Grove Named Sr. VP- Business Development at Safety National http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/27/365712.htm Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:08:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365712 St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. has appointed Tom Grove to the position of senior vice president – business development. In his new role, Grove is responsible for leading Safety National’s business development, broker relations and sales functions. Grove …

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Parents of Missouri Teen Killed by Police Sue City of Ferguson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/24/365620.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:42:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365620 Ferguson, Mo., was sued by the family of an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a police officer triggered nationwide protests, while subsequent deaths at the hands of police fueled a national debate about how law enforcement treats minorities. …

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Missouri Bill with Medical Malpractice Caps Sent to Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/23/365479.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:20:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365479 A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps. The Missouri House voted 125-27 to …

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Missouri’s POWERS Insurance and Benefits Opens Satellite Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365361.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:37:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365361 Independent insurance agency, POWERS Insurance and Benefits, headquartered in Clayton, Mo., announced it has opened a satellite office at 17998 Chesterfield Airport Rd. in Chesterfield, Mo. POWERS hired four new associates to establish the West County presence, bringing the total …

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Safety National Rebrands Reinsurance Platform: Safety National Re http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365331.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:41:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365331 St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. announced it has rebranded its reinsurance platform as Safety National Re. Safety National Re will continue to offer its existing products and solid financial security, which includes over $1.25 billion in surplus as …

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Missouri Lawsuit Targets Anthem Insurance Subsidiaries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364561.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:33:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364561 A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance subsidiaries of failing to safeguard sensitive consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem Inc.’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf …

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Adjusters Say Hundreds of Cars Damaged by Hail in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364480.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:27:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364480 Insurance adjusters are still trying to figure out just how many cars on dealership lots and at private homes in the Farmington and Park Hills area of eastern Missouri were damaged by last week’s hail storm. Severe storms dumped pea- …

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Missouri Bills Include Insurance Subsidies for Dairy, Agriculture http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/13/364127.htm Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:04:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364127 Gov. Jay Nixon has signed bills aimed at boosting Missouri’s dairy and $12.5 billion-a-year agriculture industries through insurance subsidies, scholarships, eased restrictions during parts of the year and other provisions meant to help crop and livestock farmers. One measure would …

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Court Blocks Parts of Restrictive Missouri Health Care Navigator Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/13/364125.htm Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:02:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364125 An appeals court has ruled that Missouri can’t limit health insurance navigators’ ability to help people obtain insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law — a ruling that advocates say could have implications for other states that have instituted …

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Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/09/363851.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:43:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363851 States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

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Missouri Police: At Least 20 Trucks Stolen as Part of Theft Ring http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/31/362675.htm Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:36:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362675 Authorities in eastern Missouri are trying to determine just how many trucks were stolen in a theft ring that struck several Missouri towns along Interstate 44. The Washington Missourian reports that police now believe at least 20 trucks were taken, …

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Regulators: Auto Insurance Rates Continue Downward Trend in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/26/362259.htm Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:26:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362259 Auto insurance premiums have declined significantly since 2000, according to figures released by the Missouri Department of Insurance. The average annual cost for full coverage peaked in 2003 at $740 — it dipped to $726 in 2013. In inflation-adjusted dollars, premiums …

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Arkansas, Oklahoma, Warned of Hail, High Wind-Packing Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/25/362086.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:48:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362086 While there has been a curious lack of tornadoes throughout the country’s midsection, that may soon change, according to federal weather forecasters. A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility …

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Missouri Man Admits Role in Arson-for-Insurance Schemes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360995.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:15:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360995 A man implicated in an arson-and-insurance fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty in Missouri to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, of Kansas City, entered the pleas …

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POWERS Insurance Associate Earns Missouri CSR of the Year Award http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/13/360485.htm Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:25:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360485 St. Louis, Mo.-based POWERS Insurance and Benefits announced that Christen Beardall, a POWER associate, has been named the “2014 Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year” for Missouri. The award was presented by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & …

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Missouri Senate Backs Caps on Medical Malpractice Jury Awards http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/11/360210.htm Thu, 12 Mar 2015 02:13:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360210 The Missouri Senate has moved forward a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors or hospitals. The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to limits on noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, in medical …

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Kansas Hotel Owners Hired Illegal Immigrants, Didn’t Pay Taxes, Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/09/359842.htm Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:14:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359842 When a suburban Kansas City couple bought two Clarion hotels, they systematically replaced lawfully employed workers with immigrants not authorized to work in the United States, cutting labor costs by 40 percent. Not only were the illegal workers paid a …

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Medical Malpractice Award Caps Endorsed by Missouri House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/06/359713.htm Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:21:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359713 The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers. Supporters said the limits, approved 101-53, are needed to make …

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Lockton Names Linden as Sr. Claims Consultant in St. Louis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/04/359344.htm Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:17:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359344 Lockton’s St. Louis office named Jim Linden as assistant vice president-senior claims consultant in its mining risk management practice. The industry veteran will guide clients as their claims advisor and advocate. Linden will advise Lockton clients in developing robust and leading-edge claims management programs, …

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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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Columbia, Missouri’s Ride-Booking Regulations Include Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/18/357758.htm Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:24:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357758 The Columbia, Mo., City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft that include insurance requirements. The regulations approved require ride-booking services to get business licenses and license their drivers as chauffeurs. The drivers must …

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Turley Joins J.M. Wilson as Branch Manager in Kansas City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/11/357197.htm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:11:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357197 Managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has added Andy Turley as branch manager of its Kansas City, Mo., office. Turley will plan the day-to-day operations of the Kansas City office, coordinate the staff, and work towards building …

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Ferguson, Missouri, Receives $500K for Rebuilding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/05/356721.htm Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:53:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356721 St. Louis County, Mo., has allocated $500,000 to help Ferguson raze and rebuild property that was damaged in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Residents and county officials want several blighted sites in Ferguson and surrounding …

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Cotnoir Named VP, Large Casualty at Safety National http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/04/356422.htm Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:47:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356422 Steve Cotnoir has been appointed vice president – large casualty at St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. In his new role, Cotnoir will be responsible for leading large casualty field underwriting operations for several strategic regional office territories, including …

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Cost of Safety Mandate Places Missouri Passenger Rail Service at Risk http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/02/356157.htm Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:36:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356157 The expense of installing mandated train collision avoidance technology is putting passenger service in Missouri at risk, according to the state Department of Transportation. The equipment, which is designed to override human error, is supposed to be in place by …

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Republican Lawmakers in Missouri Considering Lawsuit Caps Again http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/20/354458.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:29:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354458 Nearly a decade after Missouri last limited some civil lawsuit awards, Republican lawmakers are organizing to reinstate caps overturned by the state’s highest court. Businesses can now face lawsuits with unlimited punitive damages in civil injury lawsuits after the Missouri …

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