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Washington Fines Regence BlueShield, Asuris Northwest Health $750K

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined Regence BlueShield and Asuris Northwest Health $750,000 for violating insurance regulations related to consumer access. The fine is for violations that occurred between January 2010 and June 2011. Kreidler says that the companies …

Washington Commissioner Fines Pet Insurer for Violating State Laws

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined a pet insurance company $150,000 for violating state laws. Kreidler sayid his agency issued fines in July against American Pet Insurance, which goes under the name Trupanion. It’s based in New York. Most …

Arrest Warrant Issued in Washington For Hole-in-One Scammer

Golf tournament insurance scammer and convicted felon Kevin Kolenda is wanted on a national extradition warrant after he failed to appear in Snohomish County Superior Court in Washington July 7 to face one felony charge for selling insurance without a …

Washington Doctor Charged with Stealing $359K In Disability, Unemployment Funds

A Washington physician faces charges in connection with insurance fraud following an investigation by the Washington Department of Insurance. Dr. Jian Xu, 59, faces felony charges in King County Superior Court of first-degree theft, filing a false insurance claim and forgery. …

Insurer Fossil Fuel Divestment Focus of Washington Climate Change Summit

Getting insurers to rid themselves of investments in fossil fuels, creating products to deal with climate change and helping the world better understand risk, were among the topics on Wednesday at a summit on the insurance industry and climate change. …

What University of Washington’s Climate Risk and Insurance Summit Has in Common with Paris

It may not be a climate change summit for the ages like last year’s Paris meeting in which world leaders hashed out a historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions, but it does have two things in common with the 2015 United …

Washington Commissioner Fines Insurance Professionals $113K

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines in April totaling $113,600 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who he said violated state insurance regulations. The list, which Kreidler’s office releases periodically, is broken down by insurance company and below that …

Idaho Non-Resident Producer License Revoked

The Idaho Department of Insurance received notice from the Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner revoking the license of Randy W. Tate, a Washington resident. Idaho insurance code gives the director the right to revoke any insurance producer license that has …

Washington Commissioner Fines Insurance Professionals $17K

Wasington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler took enforcement action and issued fines totaling $17,675 last month against insurance companies and producers who he says violated state insurance regulations. Here’s the list of fines and what Kreidler says warranted them: Insurance companies …

Economics of Climate Change, Climate Fiction and Climate Control

With fresh news out on the global economic cost of climate change, an enticing climate fiction contest and a sweet victory for this column, it would take until Christmas to individually cover it all in a bimonthly space. So I’ll give …