Wisconsin News

Wisconsin Insurer Fails to Activate Coverage for Nearly 300

Nearly 300 people who applied for stand-alone dental coverage from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Wisconsin through the federal health care exchange thought they had policies but didn’t have them activated, according to enforcement records from the state’s Office of …

New Wisconsin Law Aims to Protect Against ‘Storm Chasers’

There’s a new state law that aims to protect homeowners against unscrupulous contractors who offer to repair the sort of storm damage that occurred last week in southern Wisconsin. The law’s provisions seem to protect insurance companies as much as …

CNA Promotes Szabo to Commercial Underwriting Officer in Chicago

CNA Financial Corporation promoted Matt Szabo to assistant vice president, commercial underwriting officer for the Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin branches. Szabo will work with leadership to provide additional strategic underwriting support for all areas of CNA’s commercial offerings. This includes …

Wisconsin’s AVID Risk Solutions, Brent Harris Agency Merge

AVID Risk Solutions of Madison, Wis., announced a partnership with the Brent Harris Agency of Prairie du Sac, Wis. The merger of the two companies is effective June 1, 2014. The Brent Harris Agency will continue to service current and …

Wisconsin Office Building Closure Delaying Some Workers’ Comp Checks

Some workers who have been injured on the job are seeing delays in their workers’ compensation payments, due to a fire that closed a major state office building earlier this month in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the …

Wisconsin Researchers Test Affordable Wooden Shelters

Bob Falk is frugal and a realist. The research engineer at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. could have used expensive lumber, pricey nails and high-grade plywood in his tests to create an almost impenetrable tornado shelter made of wood. …

Outlook Revised to Negative for Badger Mutual Insurance; A- Rating Affirmed

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of Badger Mutual Insurance Company (Badger Mutual), of Milwaukee, Wis. The revised outlook reflects Badger …

The Starr Group Hires Nyarangi as Benefits Consultant

The Starr Group, based in Greenfield, Wis., added Taylor Nyarangi as benefits consultant. Nyarangi has more than five years of professional experience in employee benefits. She will advise both large and small employers on fully-insured and self-funded benefits offerings. The Starr …

Wisconsin’s HNI Announces Personnel Changes

New Berlin, Wis.-based risk management, insurance and business advisory firm, HNI, reported a number of personnel changes. Teresa Bundy, Pat Madden and Brittany Swinton have been hired as account managers, and Dominique Beaudin has been added as director of information technology. …

Wisconsin Loggers Stealing Valuable Walnut Trees

Loggers spurred by the high price of walnut wood have been illegally cutting down trees on private property in southern Wisconsin, a sheriff said. Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden told Wisconsin State Journal this week that landowners confronted loggers on …