Nebraska News

Nebraska to Consider Residential Carbon Monoxide Detector Mandate

An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing on Jan.29 would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require …

After 17 Years, Florida-Nebraska Insurance Dispute Continues

Seventeen years after it started, a multimillion-dollar insurance dispute between the state of Florida and a Nebraska company continues to meander through the courts. The Nebraska Supreme Court has already ruled on aspects of the case four times, and the …

Iowa, Nebraska Officials Seek to Close Insurance Co-Op

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 …

Arson Trial Begins over 2008 Fire at Nebraska Plant

A federal trial has begun for an Omaha, Neb., businessman accused of paying someone more than six years ago to set fire to his manufacturing plant in eastern Nebraska. A prosecutor said in his opening statement on Jan. 20 that …

Crash Toll in Nebraska Likely to Hit 5-Year High

Nebraska’s highway safety administrator says the number of people who died in Nebraska crashes in 2014 likely will be the highest number in five years. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that as of the morning of Dec. 31, 2014, 221 …

$7M in Flood Money Being Waited on by Nebraska Cities

Nebraska cities along the Missouri River are still waiting for nearly $7.2 million in reimbursement from state and federal agencies, more than three years after extensive flooding. Five cities have yet to receive payments between $275,000 and nearly $4 million, …

Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice

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 …

IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 …

Nebraska Governor to Consider Nominees for Workers’ Comp Court

Nebraska’s Judicial Nominating Commission for the Workers’ Compensation Court has forwarded the names of three nominees to Gov. Dave Heineman for his consideration. The nominees are Shirley Williams and Anne Winner, both of Lincoln, and Julie Martin, of Omaha. The …

Mutual of Omaha CEO Neary to Retire; Blackledge Named President, Successor

Omaha, Neb.-based Mutual of Omaha Chairman and CEO Dan Neary announced that he will retire in 2015. He will retain the role of chairman of the company’s board of directors. Executive Vice President James T. Blackledge has been appointed president of …