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Burning Down a House to Show How to Build for Wildfire Defense
After only a year into his job as CEO and president of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Roy Wright is setting the place on fire. The IBHS conducted a demonstration in early March simulating an active wildfire …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 6:00 PM
Relation Names Brennan Account Executive in California
Relation Insurance Services has named Sean Brennan an account executive at Pan American Insurance Services, a Relation company. Brennan will be based in Relation’s Walnut Creek, Calif., office. He will work on increasing Pan American’s footprint in the San Francisco …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 5:51 PM
Study Examines Impact of California Workers’ Comp Formulary
Since California implemented its workers’ compensation formulary last year, an increasing share of drugs prescribed to injured workers are either “Exempt” from prospective utilization review or “Not Listed” in the formulary, while “Non-Exempt” drugs that require UR before they can …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 5:16 PM
Texas Body Shop Owner Sentenced in Auto Insurance Fraud Case
A Travis County body shop owner has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to reporting wrecks that never took place and damaging vehicles to increase insurance payouts, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The fraud took …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:27 PM
FMH Insurance Collaborates With Start-Up FindBob to Offer Agents Perpetuation Tool
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa (FMH) has a new web-based tool designed to help FMH insurance agencies identify growth opportunities. The new tool, called FMH Bridge, was developed in collaboration with FindBob, a tech start-up company focused on …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:17 PM
Farm Bureau: Flooding-Related Ag Losses in Nebraska Nearing $1B
The Nebraska Farm Bureau president says farm and ranch losses to the devastating flooding could reach $1 billion in the state. President Steve Nelson estimates $400 million on crop losses because of crops that will be planted late _ if …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:14 PM
Houston-Area Petrochemical Blaze Extinguished, Company Says
Firefighters on Wednesday extinguished a fire at a Mitsui & Co. petrochemical storage site outside Houston that has been billowing acrid smoke for days, the company said. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park, Texas, was …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:10 PM
Ohio Sues Pharmacy Benefit Manager over $16M in Alleged Drug Overcharges
Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the fund for injured workers. Attorney General Dave Yost says OptumRx Administrative Services managed …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:05 PM
White Named VP, Chief Internal Auditor at LWCC
Baton, Rouge, Louisiana-based workers’ compensation insurer, LWCC, has hired David White as vice president, chief internal auditor. White brings over 40 years of audit experience in the insurance, reinsurance, telecommunications and retail industries, and expertise across multiple disciplines such as …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:03 PM
Washington Blizzard Killed 1,850 Cows, Yakima Farmers Reeling
The unexpected blizzard that swept through the Yakima Valley on Feb. 9 was just one more clobbering for the region’s dairy farms. The number of dairy farms in the state has plummeted from 2,500 in 1993 to 377 in 2018, …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 2:47 PM

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