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Could pet insurance serve as a model for human health care?

A new editorial in the Weekly Standard by Eli Lehrer argues that there are many features of pet insurance that are highly desirable in human health care and that could serve as a model for the future, but it isn’t perfect.

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Letter from Tallahassee: Shifting political fortunes in the Sunshine State

While Gov. Rick Scott should get a boost from improving jobs numbers, state CFO Jeff Atwater recently was rumored to be flirting with the idea of running for U.S. Senate.

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Fla. Citizens prices largest cat bond in history

The successful placement amply demonstrate private sector interest in catastrophe risk, and it comes at a good time for Citizens, which is losing some of its power to lay “hurricane taxes” on the private market.

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Letter from Washington: Flooding the Hill

Nearly everyone agrees on flood insurance reform. So why is it taking so long to pass a bill?

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Mississippi wind pool buys $815 million of reinsurance

The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, which has not raised wind pool rates since 2006, is retaining $71.5 million of risk this year, up from $51.5 million in 2011.

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Could pet insurance serve as a model for human health care?

by Matthew Glans May 2, 2012

A new editorial in the Weekly Standard by Eli Lehrer argues that there are many features of pet insurance that are highly desirable in human health care and that could serve as a model for the future, but it isn’t perfect.

Read More

Letter from Tallahassee: Shifting political fortunes in the Sunshine State

by Christian R. Camara May 2, 2012

While Gov. Rick Scott should get a boost from improving jobs numbers, state CFO Jeff Atwater recently was rumored to be flirting with the idea of running for U.S. Senate.

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Fla. Citizens prices largest cat bond in history

by R.J. Lehmann May 1, 2012

The successful placement amply demonstrate private sector interest in catastrophe risk, and it comes at a good time for Citizens, which is losing some of its power to lay “hurricane taxes” on the private market.

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Letter from Washington: Flooding the Hill

by Eli Lehrer May 1, 2012

Nearly everyone agrees on flood insurance reform. So why is it taking so long to pass a bill?

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Mississippi wind pool buys $815 million of reinsurance

by R.J. Lehmann May 1, 2012

The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, which has not raised wind pool rates since 2006, is retaining $71.5 million of risk this year, up from $51.5 million in 2011.

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Drenner on TWIA rate hike in Insurance Journal

by R.J. Lehmann April 30, 2012

According to TWIA’s own actuaries, there is a 27 percent chance it would not be able to cover all of its liabilities during the 2012 hurricane season if it doesn’t move to raise rates.

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Okla. bill for voluntary workers’ comp goes down to defeat

by R.J. Lehmann April 30, 2012

Bill sponsor Rep. Fred Jordan has held the bill for reconsideration, meaning it could still come back to the House floor.

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Vitter pushes for long term NFIP reauthorization

by Matthew Glans April 28, 2012

The issue of extending and reforming the National Flood Insurance Program continues to stall in Congress. While the U.S. House version of a reauthorization bill passed in July 2011 by a significant margin, the bill has yet to get a floor vote in the U.S. Senate. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., sponsor of a five-year extension [...]

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FIRE Podcast- Bruce Babcock: Growing waste with federal crop insurance

by R.J. Lehmann April 27, 2012

Iowa State University economist Bruce Babcock discusses the perverse incentives, taxpayer waste, and environmental harm caused by federally subsidized crop insurance.

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Lehrer: Be proactive with police on accident reports

by Matthew Glans April 27, 2012

Anyone who has ever been involved in an automobile accident knows that one of the most important components of the claims process is the accident report police file on the incident. How these reports are worded can make a huge difference in how an insurance company will respond to the claim. Given the important role [...]

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