Articles by Don Jergler

The State of NAIC’s Data Security Model Law

Most states have yet to adopt a cyber security model law for the insurance industry like the one approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2017, but one expert believes the industry should be prepared for what he …

Home Price Appreciation in Highest-Risk Areas Outpaces Overall Rate

Natural hazards are good at grabbing headlines, but they aren’t as good as dissuading people from buying homes in high-risk areas, a new report shows. Median home prices in areas that are in the top 80 percentile for risk of …

San Francisco May Screen Insurers for Their Fossil Fuels Investments

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has become what is believed to be the first U.S. municipal body to try to force insurance companies to stop insuring and investing in fossil fuels. In July, the board voted unanimously in favor …

Report Highlights Climate Change Risks Faced by Insurance Sector

A report that’s being touted as the “first important review of climate risk by an international financial standard setting body” may get the attention of the insurance community. If it does, mission accomplished. That’s what the report from the International …

Campaign Calls on U.S. Insurers to Reject Fossil Fuels

A handful of consumer and climate groups are calling on the insurance industry to ditch fossil fuels as part of a new campaign called Insure Our Future. The entreaty came on the eve of this week’s Global Climate Action Summit, …

Report on California’s Independent Medical Review Shows Continued Progress

An annual progress report from the California Department of Workers’ Compensation’s Independent Medical Review program shows it’s working as intended. IMR is a medical dispute resolution process that uses medical expertise to obtain consistent, evidence-based decisions and is a component …

Washington Fines Insurance Providers, Including T-Mobile, for Illegal Rebates

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines in July totaling $115,050 against insurance companies, agents and brokers for reported violations of state insurance regulations. The alleged violators and their reported violations include: Agents and brokers T-Mobile USA Inc., Bellevue; fined …

California Cites Garment Contractors $570K, Some Lacked Workers’ Comp

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has cited six Los Angeles area garment contractors $573,704 for labor law violations after uncovering a scheme where the contractors illegally operated under one license to avoid compliance. Four of the contractors did not have …

Labor Secretary: Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp $1.3B Annually

Cost savings in the California worker’s compensation system from reforms made five years ago are far more massive than projected, according to David Lanier, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Lanier on Thursday said that $1.3 billion …

State Farm Inks Naming Rights Deal for Arizona Cardinals Stadium

The Arizona Cardinals’ home field is changing its name to State Farm Stadium. The team announced this week that it has reached an 18-year naming rights deal with the insurance giant. The facility has been known as University of Phoenix …