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South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile
SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 9:02 PM
Marijuana extract sharply cuts seizures in severe form of epilepsy
It says the oil, not yet available, cuts violent seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 8:23 PM
'I ain't fit to live': Police say Mississippi gunman kills 8
The gunfire spread to two homes, with a sheriff's deputy and two boys among the dead.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 8:18 PM
Kushner's Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media 'lies'
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law may need to be revoked.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 8:18 PM
Muslims thankful for support after rant, deadly attack
PORTLAND, Ore. — Muslims in Portland, Ore., thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women — one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 7:34 PM
Following Trump's trip, Merkel says Europe can't rely on U.S. anymore
LONDON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Donald Trump last week, saying that Europe "really must take our fate into our own hands."

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 7:13 PM
Seven children, 1 to 16, escape serious injury when vehicle flips on I-4
TAMPA — Nine passengers 1 to 16 years old escaped serious injury when the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban lost control on Interstate 4, causing the vehicle to flip, spin and hit a fence, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 7:10 PM
Sheriff's Office: Drug dispute preceded fatal Largo motel shooting
LARGO — A fight over drugs preceded the shooting death of a 47-year-old man Thursday night at a Largo motel, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 6:16 PM
Thirty-two taken to hospital on Sunset Music Festival's first day, more than last year
TAMPA — To cut down on medical emergencies this year, sponsors of the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium brought in more security and safety measures.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 4:54 PM
Woman killed in overnight Temple Terrace apartment fire, city says
TEMPLE TERRACE — Firefighters searching the scene of an apartment complex fire Sunday found a women dead in the rubble, city officials said.

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 4:10 PM

Southeast News – Insurance Journal

Report: Florida Resident Sparked Wildfire With Lawn Mower
A lawn mower is being blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed five structures in Florida. The Naples Daily News reports that the state’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement concluded its investigation into the fire that started April 20 in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:50 AM
Zenefits to Pay North Carolina $104K to Settle Licensing Violations
The North Carolina Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with YourPeople, Inc., dba Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (Zenefits) resulting in a $104,500 penalty, according to a statement from Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Department of Insurance Agent Services Division …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:43 AM
West Virginia Gov Orders State to Step-Up Cybersecurity Efforts
Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information required by law to be kept private. In an …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:28 AM
1 Dead After Florida Driver Crashes Into Gas Pump, Causing Fire
A fire at a gas station ignited by a car slamming into a pump has killed one person in Florida. Local news organizations report the fire erupted at a BP station in Dania Beach on Tuesday night after a driver …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:00 AM
Collision Between School Bus, Truck Sends 3 Students to Hospital
Three students have been taken to the hospital for minor injuries after a school bus and a truck collided in eastern South Carolina. The wreck was reported around 8 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 52 in Moncks Corner. Berkeley County school …

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:25 PM
AXIS Adds Martin, Ross to Georgia-Based P&C Team
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited has announced the appointments of James Martin and Russ Madore, each as vice president, U.S. Programs, within AXIS Insurance’s Property and Casualty team. Martin and Madore will each be responsible for oversight of select AXIS Insurance …

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:24 AM
Damage Reported in North Carolina From Severe Storms That Spawned Tornado
Officials in a North Carolina county say a tornado has destroyed a fire department. The Fayetteville Observer reports Sampson County Emergency Management said the Autryville Fire Department was destroyed by a tornado on Tuesday. Reports indicate the roof of the …

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:00 AM
Family of ‘Voice’ Contestant Killed in Florida to Refile Suit Against Venue
An attorney for the family of singer Christina Grimmie says he will refile an amended wrongful death lawsuit against the promoter and venue where “The Voice” contestant was fatally shot. Attorney Brian Caplan said Tuesday that Grimmie’s family will file …

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:00 AM
Florida CFO: $8M Recovered in Q1 Through Insurance Consumer Helpline
Insurance specialists working to assist Floridians through Florida’s insurance consumer helpline recovered nearly $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to a statement from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Recoveries included insurance claim payments and premium refunds …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:44 AM
4-Foot Sinkhole Opens Outside Trump’s Florida Resort
A small sinkhole has opened on the road just outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that the 4-foot-by-4-foot (1-meter-by-1-meter) hole was discovered Monday in Palm Beach County just west of one the resort’s …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:30 AM
Driver of Tanker Truck Killed in Fiery North Carolina Crash
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a tanker truck overturned and caught fire, killing the driver. The patrol told local media outlets that the truck apparently veered off the road in the town of Clayton and hit two culverts, causing …

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:00 AM
Florida Woman Caught Faking Workers’ Comp Injury Gets Probation
A South Florida woman was convicted of fraud May 3 and must serve 18 months of probation after she was caught hitting herself in the head with a ceiling sprinkler at work. The incident happened in October 2015 at CinqueáTerre …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:22 PM
AXA to Add 550 Positions to North Carolina Location
Insurance company AXA plans to add 550 jobs in Charlotte, N.C., over the next five years, nearly doubling its local workforce. North Carolina officials announced the move May 9 after approving state tax breaks that could be worth nearly $12 …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:08 PM
North Carolina Woman Awarded $1.5M in Construction Safety Whistleblower Suit
A federal jury has awarded $1.5 million to a former North Carolina fire investigator who said she was fired after complaining about the safety of construction work at an office building. The Charlotte Observer reported that a jury ruled May …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 5:45 AM
Tennessee Insurance Producer Fined $400K for Misappropriation of Client Premiums
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has taken disciplinary action against Carey R. Carroll, Jr., a Knoxville-based former Tennessee insurance producer who was found to have violated multiple provisions of Tennessee law resulting in a $400,000 penalty and …

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 5:19 AM
Florida Motorcyclist Injured After Collision With 10-Foot Gator
A man riding a motorcycle hit an alligator that was crossing a rural Florida road, throwing him from his bike. The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 27-year-old Calun Nelson was riding his motorcycle south of Tampa …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:59 AM
South Carolina to Enact Moped Safety Law
Gov. Henry McMaster signed a moped safety law Friday that allows intoxicated drivers to be prosecuted for drunken driving and requires teens to wear a helmet. McMaster’s signature capped a seven-year effort to close the so-called liquor-cycle loophole, though it …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:47 AM
Family of N.C. High School Football Player Who Died After Head Injury Sues
The family of a North Carolina high school football player who died after sustaining a head injury during practice is suing the Wake County school system and members of the athletic staff. The News & Observer reports 17-year-old Isaiah Langston …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:44 AM
Florida Hurricane Cat Fund Ready for Storm Season
The Florida fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a hurricane continues to be in strong shape ahead of storm season. Estimates prepared by Raymond James show the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund will have $17.6 billion available this …

POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:22 AM
Family of Florida Man Fatally Shot by Deputy Settles Suit for $2.5M
The parents of an unarmed man fatally shot by a Florida sheriff’s sergeant at the family’s nursery announced Monday that they have agreed to a $2.5 million settlement and called for the reopening of a criminal investigation into their son’s …

POSTED MAY 19, 2017 4:20 PM
Feds Grant Additional $3.2M to West Virginia for Flood Recovery
West Virginia will receive an additional $3.2 million from the federal government for disaster recovery efforts for last year’s major floods. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the community development block grant funding Monday. A statement released …

POSTED MAY 19, 2017 4:13 PM
Ex-Vanderbilt Student Sues University for $10M Over Assault Allegations
A former student has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Vanderbilt University, claiming he was wrongfully accused of sexual assault. The Tennessean reports the lawsuit was filed May 5. It claims the student, identified only as “Z.J.,” was expelled three …

POSTED MAY 19, 2017 4:32 AM
14 Arrested in Miami Assisted Living Facility Insurance Fraud Scheme
A year-long investigation led by insurance fraud investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services has ended with 14 arrests of assisted living facility owners in the Miami area, according to a statement by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. According …

POSTED MAY 19, 2017 4:11 AM
Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act to Remain in Place, For Now
Alabama’s workers’ compensation law, ruled unconstitutional by a county judge last week, will remain in effect for the immediate future. The Alabama judge who on May 8 declared the state’s workers’ compensation act unconstitutional has issued an indefinite stay to his …

POSTED MAY 18, 2017 12:00 PM
Number of Florida Wildfires Tops 2,100 So Far This Year
State officials say 170,000 acres in Florida have burned from wildfires since the start of the year. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said that more than 127 active fires were burning in Florida as of Monday. Since the start of …

POSTED MAY 18, 2017 5:09 AM
FCCI Appoints New Leadership in Gulf Coast Region
FCCI Insurance Group (FCCI), a provider of commercial property and casualty insurance, has promoted Tiffany Hawkins to regional vice president, and Trey Stone to assistant vice president in the Gulf Coast Regional office located in Ridgeland, Miss. In her new …

POSTED MAY 18, 2017 4:17 AM
Ex-Coal CEO Blankenship Urges Trump to Probe 2010 Mine Blast in West Virginia
A former coal executive who last week finished a yearlong prison sentence for conspiring to violate safety standards at a mine where a deadly blast occurred, has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “get to the truth” about the incident. Donald Blankenship, …

POSTED MAY 18, 2017 4:07 AM
North Carolina Accuses 4 of Deliberately Damaging Roofs During Inspections
North Carolina has arrested four men on allegations of attempting to defraud an insurer by damaging roofs during inspections, according a statement from the North Carolina Department of Insurance. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the arrest of Phillip …

POSTED MAY 17, 2017 4:36 PM
Alternative Service Concepts Promotes Patterson to Claims Manager in Nashville
Alternative Service Concepts (ASC), a national third party claims administrator (TPA), has promoted Tracy Patterson to claims manager. Patterson will be responsible for managing a staff of ten dedicated to serving a large municipality client.  She will report to Assistant …

POSTED MAY 17, 2017 4:58 AM
Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Ridesharing Law
Georgia’s highest court has handed a victory to ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Atlanta taxi drivers and upheld a state law regulating and …

POSTED MAY 17, 2017 4:52 AM

Health and Benefits – Insurance Journal

Aon Buys International Benefits Brokerage Portfolio of Mayfair Group
Aon plc announced it has completed its acquisition of the international health and benefits brokerage portfolio of Mayfair Group, a solutions provider to Indian multinational companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Aon now will assume responsibility for all …

POSTED MAY 05, 2017 7:49 AM
Aon Completes Acquisition of Brazil Health & Benefits Firm, Admix
Aon announced it has completed its acquisition of Admix, the São Paulo, Brazil-based health and benefits brokerage and solutions firm. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Admix’s brokerage and operational platform combined with Aon’s world-class actuarial, brokerage, and consulting capabilities creates the …

POSTED JANUARY 18, 2017 12:59 PM
Aon Agrees to Buy Brazil Health & Benefits Broker and Solutions Firm, Admix
Aon announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Admix, a leading health and benefits brokerage and solutions firm in Brazil. Financial terms of the agreement, which was announced on Nov. 25, were not disclosed and the acquisition is subject to …

POSTED DECEMBER 01, 2016 10:53 AM
Southern California School Reopens After 2-Year Asbestos Closure
The last of three Southern California schools closed two years ago after asbestos was found has reopened following a complete overhaul. The Orange County Register reported Lake View Elementary opened its doors Wednesday to more than 320 students as a fully …

Report Shows Higher Smoking, Drinking Among Utah Construction Workers
Utah residents who work in construction and manufacturing are more likely to smoke and binge drink than workers in other industries, according to a new report from Utah’s Department of Health. The data is based on a telephone survey of …

Lockton Adds Employee Benefits Leader Georgia in Milwaukee
Independent insurance broker, Lockton, announced it has added Patrick Georgia as senior vice president and employee benefits practice leader in Milwaukee, Wis. As part of Lockton-Milwaukee, Georgia will help clients by developing benefit programs to meet their needs and manage …

POSTED FEBRUARY 09, 2015 5:15 PM
Health and Wellness Consultant Peter Mangiola Helps Consumers Maximize Health Insurance Benefits
Health and Wellness Expert Peter Mangiola R.N. MSN Has Launched a New Jersey Consultancy Focused on Helping Consumers Gain Access to the Resources Necessary to Prevent and Treat Health Issues Medford, NJ, February 3, 2015: Peter Mangiola R.N. MSN has …

POSTED FEBRUARY 03, 2015 11:00 AM
Hylant, Liazon to Offer Private Benefits Exchange
Toledo, Ohio-based insurance brokerage firm, Hylant, has entered into a partnership with Liazon, operator of the Bright Choices Exchange, a private benefits exchange for businesses across the U.S., to provide clients with benefit alternatives to traditional options as the health …

POSTED OCTOBER 03, 2013 4:25 PM
Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #39
AOR/BOR Procedures for Benefits. For some unknown reason, I continually find Benefits Producers thinking the P&C AOR/BOR procedures are not applicable to them because the risk on the P&C side does not exist on the benefits side. This belief is …

POSTED JULY 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The Hanover Expands Healthcare Capabilities
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. has expanded its healthcare industry options with an increased appetite and capabilities for the rapidly growing areas of the healthcare industry, including allied healthcare centers and home healthcare and medical equipment. The company also will …

POSTED JULY 17, 2013 4:53 PM
Lockton Adds Milwaukee Insurance Brokerage Operation
Insurance and employee benefits advisor, Lockton, has opened a new operation in Milwaukee, Wis., appointing two veteran employee benefits consultants as senior executives. John O’Connor and Bill Crowley have joined Lockton as senior vice presidents in Lockton’s new Milwaukee office. …

POSTED JULY 09, 2013 4:07 PM
New ‘Obamacare’ Exchanges Could Miss Enrollment Deadline: GAO
New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government report said on Wednesday. The launch …

POSTED JUNE 19, 2013 4:29 PM
Wisconsin Bill Would Require $50 Tobacco Use Fee for Health Insurance
Wisconsin state workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a Gov. Scott Walker proposal that has won approval by the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee on voted 13-3 to approve …

POSTED MAY 23, 2013 4:02 PM
Bliss & Glennon Launches Nutraceutical, Nutrition, Lifestyle Program
Redondo Beach, CA-based Bliss & Glennon, Inc.’s Complex Casualty division of has launched a new specialty program for the nutraceutical/health/nutrition/natural products industry. The product is supported by a national AM Best “A+” rated insurance company with claims servicing expertise in …

POSTED MAY 10, 2013 10:00 AM
Indiana State May Charge Tobacco Users More for Insurance
Next year, Indiana State University employees who smoke or use other tobacco products could face a $1,200 per year surcharge if they have university health insurance. Also, employees who voluntarily agree to health screenings and health risk assessments would receive …

POSTED MAY 08, 2013 4:26 PM
Partner Benefits Stand for Michigan State Workers
Same-sex domestic partners of state employees will continue to qualify for health insurance after the Michigan Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal filed by the state. In a short order released May 2 and dated May 1, justices …

POSTED MAY 06, 2013 3:58 PM
Texas AG: Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Unconstitutional for Public Entities
Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion on April 29. The cities of Austin, El Paso and Forth Worth already offer …

POSTED MAY 01, 2013 3:41 AM
Montana Panel Hears Wrongful Birth, Life Bill
A Senate panel is considering a bill that would prohibit the parents of children with genetic abnormalities from suing their doctors for withholding that information from them before birth. House Bill 310 sponsored by Republican Rep. Cary Smith of Billings …

POSTED MARCH 13, 2013 3:23 PM
Commentary: Agents Act Now on Healthcare Reform
For agents and brokers, 2013 is a relatively quiet period related to Affordable Care Act requirements. However it should be a busy time for agents and brokers to begin preparing their clients for what is coming in 2014. Helping human …

POSTED MARCH 05, 2013 4:04 PM
Assurex Global Launches Employee-Benefits Marketplace Platform
Assurex Global has launched a new private marketplace employee benefits platform for employers to offer a wide-range of administrative flexibility and employee health benefit options. “Employers have been struggling for years with ever-increasing medical costs,” said Assurex Global President and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2013 5:43 PM
HUB International Acquires Louisiana-Based Brokerage Benefit Concepts
Insurance broker Hub International Limited (Hub) has acquired the assets of Benefit Concepts Inc. (BCI), a Shreveport, La.-based employee benefits brokerage firm. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. BCI will become part of the Texas operations of Hub International …

POSTED JANUARY 09, 2013 4:55 PM
Digital Insurance Acquires Missouri-based Health Star Consulting
Digital Insurance announced the acquisition of Health Star Consulting of Clayton, Mo. The benefits firm merged with the St. Louis office of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), a division of Digital Insurance. Health Star Consulting Principal Devin Bernstein joined the DBA …

POSTED JANUARY 09, 2013 6:39 AM
Only 15 States Plan to Operate Own Health Insurance Exchanges
Only 15 U.S. states plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting prospect of creating and operating the new online marketplaces in at least two-thirds of the country. On the eve …

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2012 3:28 PM
Study: North Dakota Health Insurance Market Near Monopoly
An American Medical Association study concludes that North Dakota’s health insurance market is almost a monopoly but the state’s dominant health insurer says consumers are not getting gouged. The study says a concentration of health insurance among a handful of …

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2012 5:31 PM
Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cuts Worker Hours to Avoid Health Insurance
Officials in Cedar Falls, Iowa, plan to reduce dozens of part-time public employees’ hours in order to avoid having to offer them insurance under a requirement of the federal health care overhaul set to take effect in 2014. Cedar Falls …

POSTED NOVEMBER 29, 2012 5:25 PM
Hobby Lobby Appeals Morning-After Pill Decision
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court to block part of the federal health care law that requires the Christian family-owned arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills. The Oklahoma City-based company …

POSTED NOVEMBER 27, 2012 7:15 AM
Health Plan Cost Rate Hikes Lower for Large Employers in 2012: Aon
In 2012, large U.S. companies and their employees saw the lowest health care premium rate increases in six years, according to an analysis by Aon Hewitt, the global human resources firm. The average health care premium rate increase for large …

POSTED OCTOBER 03, 2012 1:20 PM
Digital Insurance Buys North Carolina’s Strategic Benefit Solutions
Employee benefits agency Digital Insurance in Atlanta has acquired Strategic Benefit Solutions of Raleigh, N.C., and merged it with its local office of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA). Strategic Benefit Solutions President Henry D. Stewart joins the DBA team in Raleigh. …

Arkansas: Consultant’s License Required to Charge Compensation Fee
Insurance producers who assist group health insurance customers with coverage in Arkansas may collect a compensation fee from clients to make up for reduced commissions from health insurance companies, state regulators say. Producers who do wish to charge to charge …

POSTED AUGUST 08, 2012 4:45 PM
Democrats, Republicans Offer Rival Views to Control Health Costs
Democrats and Republicans agree that the next U.S. president will have to contend with rising healthcare costs that pose a growing, destabilizing burden for families, employers and government budgets. But two articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine …

POSTED AUGUST 02, 2012 3:13 PM

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