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Analysis: The rollout is over — Obamacare now the law
Recently in Portland, Ore., at the beginning of nearly every segment, KXL radio talk show host Jim Villanucci warned his vast audience to make sure their insurance is active before visiting a doctor, hospital or medical facility. Obamacare is in full swing and Villanucci and others in media quoted horror stories of people wanting care being rejected by doctors because their insurance isn't valid. People are confused. Doctors and hospitals are confused.
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Coming up: Obamacare 2014
In 2013 the Obama administration stumbled all over the place with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Though the website — HealthCare.gov — is said to be running smoothly, insurers say the back end is a disaster and they're not getting a lot of information about insureds. Or payments for the insurance.
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AM Best on 3/4 of 2013: Very good
A.M. Best is impressed with the results of the first nine months of 2013. The rating firm found the underwriting profits for commercial, personal and reinsurance lines in fine form. Here's what A.M. Best found.
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2014 — a buyer's market?
Lockton took a look at the results of 2013 and did an analysis of how things look for 2014. It's an interesting picture.
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Autos 1: Vehicle technology, Gen Y and more
Generation Y are those born in the 1980s to the early 2000s. They're also known as millennials. Technology is almost second-nature to them. They grew up with it where other generations grew into it. These days you're hearing a lot about new technologies from auto manufacturers. The biggest deal is the driverless car. If you want to know the reason behind the driverless car and the big auto technology push, look no further. It is Gen Y.
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Autos 2: The best holidays to steal a vehicle
Assuming you're into that sort of thing, the National Crime Information Center says New Year's Day is the best holiday of all to steal a vehicle. In 2012 there were 2,228 vehicles stolen on the first day of the year. Labor Day is second with 2,158. New Year's Eve is third at 2,152.
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Cyber risks increase around the new year
Three major cyberattacks occurred during the holidays. Target, Skype and Snapchat got hit with data breaches. The Target attack netted credit and debit card information for 40 million customers. Snapchat got hit and 4.6 million users had their personal information compromised. Skype said no personal information was compromised in its attack.
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The state exchanges — still a disaster
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gave states the right to operate their own health insurance exchanges, to partner with the federal government to run one or to opt out of the law completely. In the end, 36 states said no and the federal government is doing the exchange for them.
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PCI, ISO on the 1st 9 months of 2013: Improvement continues
Property-casualty insurers had a positive first nine months of 2013. Or so says the quarterly report from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the Insurance Services Office.
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Obamacare closes 2013 with negative opinion, including Michael Moore
Just before 2013 ended CNN/ORC International and Rasmussen Reports did surveys on public opinion of the Affordable Care Act. To no one's surprise, the newly and almost fully implemented law is not very popular. Also chiming in on Obamacare is documentarian Michael Moore who did a 2007 attack on health insurance in the movie "Sicko."
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Sen. Tom Coburn's annual wastebook
It's not a story you see in prime time news or even on some of the more commercial news channels. Each year, a few of the main stream publications carry the story, but it's never highlighted. More conservative news outlets pay close attention. In late 2013, Sen. Dr. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., — who is the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — released the annual "Wastebook 2013." It shows 100 examples of wasteful government spending. This year’s total is $30 billion.
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NAIC's new board of directors
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has a new president. He is Adam Hamm who is North Dakota's insurance commissioner. Sharon Clark of Kentucky is the new secretary treasurer. Also in leadership roles at the NAIC are Julie Mix McPeak of Tennessee and Wayne Goodwin of North Carolina. The term of Louisiana commissioner Jim Donelon has expired.
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3 insurance ETFs leading the financial sector higher
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With QE3 tapering on the table and an improving economic scenario, the insurance industry is performing remarkably well compared to other corners of the financial space.

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Continuity and context in 2014
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In insurance technology, it often seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite the rapid changes in technology across the economy, the main story of 2014 when it comes to insurer IT budgets and project priorities is one of continuity. However, the rapid changes in the context in which insurers are operating are having an effect on strategies and priorities as well.
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Ideas to promote your LinkedIn profile
By Mayur Kisani
LinkedIn, with its user base of 260 million-plus professionals worldwide, has become a hub for business people from all walks of life who are on the lookout for new opportunities. Such a vast digital space can be the source of your next great opportunity, whether it be for your business or a great job. When you search for yourself on Google, observe that your LinkedIn profile is at the top of the search results. This in itself proves how powerful a tool LinkedIn is. Here are a few ways to promote yourself and your personal brand on LinkedIn.
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