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Will Google enter the insurance industry?
TechCrunch
When it comes to collecting and organizing information, Google is well on its way to establishing its hegemony through the registration of 6 billion daily unique searches and indexing of more than 50 billion Web pages. What remains to be seen is how this information is being made universally accessible and at what price. One of the industries that has particular advantage of access to the world's information is insurance.
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PIA Oregon's 2nd EXPO: A super success
PIA Oregon's 2nd Annual EXPO is history. The revolutionary one-day agent and company gathering was held June 18 and education was available June 17-18. The trade show featured 50 exhibitors and 203 agents attended. That number is up from last year's 150 agents.
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Auto insurance: Fewer going shopping
Auto insurers spend millions to get people to shop their product and eventually purchase. It's not working as well as it used to work. Or, so says the TransUnion Auto Insurance Shopping Index.
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Employers on employee benefits
MetLife's 12th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study is out. The results are not surprising — especially if you're an employer. First up is employee satisfaction. The study is for 2013 and the good news is employees are happy with their benefits at a record level. In this case, a record level is 50 percent.
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TRIA renewal advances in House Committee — PIA optimistic
The House Financial Services Committee has passed a version of an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act onto the full House. It doesn't jibe with the version passed a few weeks ago by the Senate Banking Committee.
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Subsidies: The cost of Obamacare
The Department of Health and Human Services recently released statistics about how the Affordable Care Act helped people purchase insurance who were unable to afford it and saved money for those who signed up.
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Who enrolled in Obamacare?
Critics of Obamacare have been wondering just who signed up for the Affordable Care Act. Many have pointed fingers and said most that are signing up already had insurance.
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Update 1: Cover Oregon's new head
The Cover Oregon board of directors has picked Aaron Patnode as the new head of Oregon's Obamacare exchange. Patnode currently is a manager for Kaiser Permanente and recently received a promotion.
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Update 2: Oregon republicans and Cover Oregon
Oregon's House Republicans have a goal. They want to take Oregon back. At least that's the name of a new website Republicans have launched with that goal in mind. It's called Take Back Oregon.
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NARAB II: House Committee moves on formation
As part of its legislation to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, the House Financial Services Committee attached an amendment that creates the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers.
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Cybersecurity: The Senate, a handbook and more
Soon, the Senate Intelligence Committee is going to look at a bill that will pave the way for companies threatened with cyberbreaches or who have experienced a breach to share information with other companies and the government.
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Why the insurance industry is taking aim at Uber, Lyft
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The conflict between the taxicab industry and ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, has just taken a new turn. Taxi drivers and fleet operators feel threatened by the less-regulated startups, but now they're being joined by insurance industry trade associations.

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Tips for preventing internal fraud
PIAW
Whether a company is big or small, the potential for internal fraud is there. We often are seeing news reports of such crimes. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners released some startling facts in a report titled The 2014 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud & Abuse.

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Insurance 2024: Culture change or bust?
Insurance Networking News
Insurance business and technology experts agree that a successful C-level vision is not just about keeping up with technology; it's about more focus on the customer and less on caution-drenched decision making.

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Moody's, 2014 insurance rates
Moody's Investors Service issued a report on rates for property and casualty liability lines. They are workers compensation, commercial general liability, professional liability, commercial auto liability and commercial multiple peril. The conclusion is that they will continue to rise but not at the same rate we saw in 2013.
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Your employees: Midafternoons are dangerous
It's midafternoon. A bit after lunch. Your workers, co-workers or even you are in danger of falling asleep. Or you have — or others have — already fallen asleep.
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New technology promises rewards, poses risk
Insurance Networking News
With the goal of improving profitability through better decision-making and greater efficiencies in core functions, property/casualty insurance executives are counting on advanced technology to help them get the job done. Improvement initiatives range from data integration to investing in new technology for pricing, underwriting and claims, according to a survey by The Nolan Company.
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