covid-19 News

Washington State Asks Insurers to Extend Coverage to Delivery Drivers

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is asking insurers doing business in the state to immediately extend automobile insurance coverage for personal delivery drivers to aid people temporarily assigned this duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kreidler said his office would expedite …

Oklahoma to Issue Temporary New Licenses for Insurance Producers, Adjusters

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready has approved waiving certain requirements for new licenses issued to producers and adjusters. These measures will ensure services remain available during the state’s response to COVID-19. The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) contracts with a national …

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Louisiana Due to COVID-19

President Donald Trump has granted a federal disaster declaration in Louisiana and ordered assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by COVID-19. Louisiana’s governor asked the White House to declare a major disaster in his state to free …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Insurance Provider OKs Deferred Premium Payments

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in the state, is allowing insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May to be deferred until June 1. The BWC serves 249,000 public …

California Commissioner Wants Data on Business Interruption Coverage

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has directed insurance companies to submit data to the California Department of Insurance regarding coverage of commercial business interruption related to COVID-19. It is hoped the data will help state policymakers understand the scope of …

COVID-19 Quarantined Doctors Turn to Telemedicine to Keep Seeing Patients

Marie-Pascale Schuller started feeling sick last week. The 57-year-old doctor specializes in respiratory illnesses, and she had a strong suspicion as to what her fever, cough and aches meant. She wanted to keep seeing patients without the risk of exposing …

Cannabis Deemed an ‘Essential’ Business. Will Insurance Landscape Change?

It’s not just toilet paper and hand sanitizer people have been stocking up on during the COVID-19 crisis. Inventory levels at adult use cannabis stores in the U.S. showed a quick decline after the COVID-19 crisis began, as what was …

In Suit, Nurse Says Chicago Hospital Fired Her for Warning About Masks

A former nurse is suing a Chicago hospital for allegedly firing her in retaliation for warning colleagues that masks provided by the hospital to treat COVID-19 patients would not sufficiently protect them from contracting the disease. Lauri Mazurkiewicz contends in …

Texas Surplus Lines Stamping Office Postpones Launch of New Online Filing System

The release of the Surplus Lines Stamping of Office of Texas’ (SLTX’s) new online filing system, SMART, will be postponed due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. SLTX said the system was originally scheduled for release in March but will …

Oklahoma Commissioner: Allstate Eases Personal Auto Terms for Delivery Drivers

Oklahoma’s insurance commissioner says Allstate Insurance Co. is voluntarily easing certain policy restrictions to aid delivery drivers using their personal vehicles for delivery of food and medicine during the COVID-19 health emergency. The Oklahoma Insurance Department said Allstate has notified …