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Health insurers to refocus marketing efforts to reach uninsured
As media interest in health insurance exchanges decreases over time, the insurance industry will need to develop more effective communications to reach the uninsured. More than half of previously uninsured Americans who shopped for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act say they first heard about the marketplaces through the news media, while only 4 percent learned about them in a notification from a state or federal agency, finds a new enrollment satisfaction survey from J.D. Power.
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PIA National's Webb on NIPR board
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Update: The raging cybersecurity battle
As we all know, cybersecurity is becoming a
huge problem in the U.S. The threat of attacks
by hackers stretch from government to
businesses to individuals and their personal
And these criminals are growing more and
more successful and more and more dangerous by the day.
Small business and the Affordable Care Act
The final regulations for tax credits for small
businesses offering health insurance to
employees have been set by the Internal
Revenue Service. The first thing the IRS did was
define small business. To do so, it follows the law.
An employer with 25 or fewer full-time employees
is considered a small business under the
TRIA: The push to get it extended
Congress still has a couple of weeks left before the annual August recess.
Once its back from the recess, there will be
some time to pass legislation, but not much before breaking again for the upcoming — and very important —
NFIP issues flood refunds, explains changes
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Flood Insurance
Program have issued their first set of
instructions on premium refunds demanded by
Congress with the passage of the Homeowner
Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. It reversed some of the raises called
for in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. Instructions on the refunds can
be found in the NFIP bulletin w-14035.
Disasters: An expensive 1st half
Two firms tracking disasters have issued reports on
the first half of 2014. The picture isn't pretty, but it's
not bad either. Relatively and monetarily speaking,
of course. Aon Plc said the tornadoes, windstorms and
accompanying hail in the nation's midstates and in the
Rocky Mountains likely cost insurers more than $1 billion.
June was pretty bad. In 2013, there were 125 tornadoes in June. This year,
there have been more than 300.
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Obesity more dangerous than smoking
The National Cancer Institute did a
study that compared obesity health
problems to those of smoking.
Published recently in PLOS
Medicine, it found the troubles
caused by obesity, like strokes, heart
disease, cancer, diabetes and other
illnesses, can be worse than a heavy cigarette habit.
Missouri veto of bill requiring navigator background checks
On July 7, Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., vetoed a
bill that would have required criminal
background checks for individuals applying for
state licenses as health insurance navigators.
The bill would have prevented those with past
convictions involving fraud or dishonesty from
June P&C rates: Holding pattern continues
MarketScout CEO Richard Kerr said June rates didn't
look all that bad. Rate increases are declining overall
but they're still on the plus side. "The commercial market
continues to adjust downward as a result of improved
underwriting results and an abundance of capacity. In
the aggregate, rates still are up slightly, but the trend for
rate moderation continues."
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As part of Insurance Business America's look into the next generation of insurance professionals, they surveyed millennials nationwide on their preconceived notions about the industry. They also spoke with millennials already working in and studying insurance to ask for their insights on how companies can improve in their recruitment and training practices. They selected the five most insightful comments.
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Americans tap retirement savings and regret it
Against the better advice of advisers who say it's best not to dip into retirement savings, 29 percent of Americans who participate in a retirement plan say they have taken out a loan from the savings in their plan, according to a new survey.
The wind down: 2 insurers answer the big 'if'
AIG and Prudential Financial insurers presented plans to the FSOC that will be shared
with the U.S Treasury and the Federal Reserve on how they'll unwind if they get into the
kind of financial trouble AIG got into just before the Great Recession and before the
federal government bailed it out to the tune of $189 billion.
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