Regulators look at how "big data" may contribute to racial bias in insurance rates

Nov 30, 2021
Some advocates say the industry needs to move more quickly to address the issue.
While many insurance companies leverage big data and artificial intelligence to calculate insurance rates, advocates say it can produce disparities between urban and suburban residents. Above, a suburban neighborhood in Richmond, California, viewed from an Amtrak train.
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How insuring ecosystems could help communities adapt to climate change

Dec 22, 2020
“We were trying to insure something that no one owns,” says Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.
Coral reefs, which are threatened by rising ocean temperatures, protect coastal communities by acting as a natural sea wall. Now, thanks to an experimental financial product developed by environmental groups and insurance companies, they’re also insurable.
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How the decline of Black-owned insurance firms widened the wealth gap

Jul 20, 2020
Many of the agencies survived the Great Depression but later died out. Their loss meant less money invested into Black communities.
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New survey shows the number of adults with no health insurance is on the rise

Oct 20, 2017
Gallup is out with a new survey today. It shows a steady increase in the number of uninsured adults in the U.S. That’s in spite of a fairly healthy economy, and falling unemployment rate. So what’s going on?   Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

It's deadline for health insurers. Will they stay in Obamacare exchanges in 2018?

Sep 27, 2017
Today is the deadline for health insurers to fully commit — are they’re going to sell policies on the federal exchange in 2018 or not? A number of insurance carriers have pulled out of several markets, saying they were losing too much money. Can insurers find their financial footing amidst so much uncertainty? Click […]

The part of Obamacare even Republicans like

Jul 24, 2017
The ACA's Innovation Center finds ways to slow spending while looking out for patients.
Ariel Fernandez, left, sits with Noel Nogues, an insurance adviser with UniVista Insurance company, as he signs up for the Affordable Care Act in 2015 in Miami.
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The media blitz on health care bill begins as lawmakers head home for holiday

Jun 30, 2017
Advocacy groups prepare to petition Senators undecided on the health care bill.

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Will health insurers pull out of Obamacare exchanges in 2018? The deadline looms.

Jun 21, 2017
Today  is the deadline for insurers to submit plans for selling policies on the Obamacare exchanges in 2018. The political climate has destabilized the market for many insurers, and 44 counties have already decided to pull out entirely, leaving thousands potentially without coverage. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Insurance industry sees drones taking claims work to new heights

Sep 29, 2016
Instead of climbing ladders to check for roof damage, or walking through a disaster area, insurance adjusters may be able to deploy drones.
The insurance company Travelers is considering giving this assortment of drones to insurance adjusters for use in the field.
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