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Local governments are finding that cyber insurance costs have jumped, as have the requirements they must meet to get a policy.

Across the United States, many local governments and states — as well as private companies — are discovering their cyber insurance premiums have skyrocketed and that they must meet stricter guidelines if they want to get coverage or renew their policies. Read more»

Hospitals say the transparency push alone won’t help consumers much, because each patient is different — and individual deductibles and insurance plans complicate matters.

Under a Trump administration price transparency rule that took effect at the start of this year, hospitals are required to post a range of actual prices, but some hospitals bury the data deep on their websites or have not included all the categories of prices required. Read more»

The U.S.-Mexico border, just outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. More than 7,700 people died of COVID in the border area during as of January.

In Texas border communities, not only did people die of COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than elsewhere, but people under age 65 were also more likely to die, highlighting higher-than-normal prevalence of underlying health issues combined with high uninsurance rates and flagging access to care for residents. Read more»

'The fact is that life insurers do not consider whether or not a policyholder has received a COVID vaccine when deciding whether to pay a claim,' Paul Graham, said senior vice president for policy development at the ACLI.

Insurance companies do not deny claims when someone dies after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the American Council of Life Insurers, but a viral social media post has falsely claimed that beneficiaries of a person who dies after getting the vaccine cannot collect life insurance payments. Read more»

Policymakers and insurers across the country say they are eliminating copayments, deductibles and other barriers to telemedicine for patients confined at home who need a doctor for any reason. But in a fragmented health system, the shift to cost-free telemedicine for patients is going far less smoothly than the speeches and press releases suggest. In some cases, doctors are billing for telephone calls that used to be free. Read more»

A Consumer Federation of America study of auto insurance rates in 10 large cities showed married drivers were generally charged less than non-married drivers.

Single, widowed and divorced drivers in Phoenix are likely to pay higher insurance rates than married drivers with identical driving records, according to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America. Read more»

A recent WalletHub study estimates 10.6 percent of Arizona’s drivers are uninsured, but even insured drivers may not have enough to cover potential damages.

A recent study shows many Arizona drivers don’t carry any vehicle insurance – or they don’t have enough. This fact, combined with lenient insurance requirements, put Arizona among the most financially risky states for drivers. One state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would adopt stricter liability insurance requirements. Read more» 1

An attorney for insurance giant State Farm said a case by the company "should give Arizonans a better understanding of how their insurance works when conducting a direct sale." The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the company is allowed to press a claim over whether a vehicle's ownership was transferred before a 2008 collision. Read more»

For the ninth year in a row, the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report named Phoenix the safest city with more than 1 million residents in terms of car crashes.

Anyone who’s been tailgated, cut off or rear-ended while driving on the streets and freeways here may be surprised to learn that Phoenix drivers rank as the safest around. Tucson and Mesa also ranked as the top cities in their respective population sizes. Read more» 1

A study of auto insurance rates in 10 cities, including Phoenix, found that blue-collar. high-school-educated drivers were likely to face higher premiums than drivers with a college education or white-collar job.

A Phoenix driver with only a high school diploma could be charged as much as 12 percent more in auto insurance premiums than a plant supervisor with a college degree, according to a report released Monday. Read more»

Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president, may be the face of the Tea Party favorite caucus in Congress. But big business interests have also contributed mightily to the budget chairman’s campaign, according to analyses from the nonpartisan political money trackers at MapLight. Read more»

The U.S. government’s bailout of AIG in 2008 may end up being a profitable move, according to the Government Accountability Office. Read more»

A proposed Treasury Department rule says workers and their families cannot qualify for those subsidies unless their employer's plan is unaffordable because it exceeds 9.5 percent of their household income. Read more»

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini caused quite a stir when he said at a Las Vegas conference a few days ago that the insurance industry as we know it is, for all practical purposes, a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. Read more» 1

HB 2713 would allow Arizonans to subtract long-term care insurance premiums and money deposited into long-term care savings accounts from taxable income on their state returns. Read more» 1

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