Lawmakers in Florida want to reshape the state's imperiled property-insurance industry through a series of proposals this spring, reports the Insurance Journal (3/3/21, O'Connor).
Early damage estimates from the historic ice storm in Texas put potential losses at $90 billion, with about $20 billion of the total covered by insurance, reports IBA magazine (3/3/21, Grzadkowska).
President Biden's pandemic-relief proposal includes a big expansion of the Affordable Care Act, reports USA Today (3/2/21, Groppe). More than 200,000 people have signed up for Obamacare plans during a recent special enrollment period, reports the Associated Press (3/3/21, Alonso-Zaldivar).
A long-planned project to rebuild
coastal land through diversion of Mississippi River water would save Barrataria
Bay but could kill about one third of its dolphins by increasing water
salinity, according to new research, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune (3/2/21, Schlieffen). The $1.4 billion diversion could
kill the marine mammals when it is operated at full strength, scientists
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 90 percent of the cost of clean-up from Hurricane Laura, reports the Associated Press (2/23/21). State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon issued a reminder to insurers of their obligations to policyholders as hurricane recovery continues, reports the Insurance Journal (3/3/21, South Central News).
Texas and Mississippi are among four states to roll back mask mandates this week after steep declines in new COVID-19 infections, reports USA Today (3/3/21, Hayes). Some retailers in those states are keeping mask requirements and other measures in place, however. In Louisiana, Gov. Edwards loosened safety restrictions, but some restaurants in Baton Rouge say the benefit to business could be “negligible," reports The Advocate (3/3/21, Boone). This week's easing of pandemic rules is a move to the loosest restrictions in about a year, reports The Advocate (3/2/21, Karlin).
Researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Tulane University are working on new methods to reduce flood risks and improve floodplain management as part of a $15 million statewide effort, reports The Advocate (2/27/21).
The National Hurricane Center will begin issuing tropical forecasts on May 15 instead of June 1 after the historic 2020 hurricane season, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune (3/3/21, Schliefstein). Experts are considering pushing the official yearly start of the Atlantic hurricane season to mid-May but have not made a final decision, reports the Times-Picayune (2/26/21, Wells).
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Technical Advisory 346
LDI Regulation 30 - Certificates of Insurance Regulation 30 was originally promulgated by the Louisiana Department of Insurance, Commissioner of Insurance, on April 23, 1969, and then amended LR 46:1687 in December 2020.
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Technical Advisory 347
Important Notice Regarding Open 2020 Hurricane Claims; 180-Day Notice Requirement; Homeowners Loss Settlement Provisions Some policyholders who suffered losses from the unprecedented tropical storms of 2020 have not finalized claim settlements or finalized repairs. In about 20 days, we will mark 180‐days since Hurricane Laura devastated Louisiana. One of several Loss Settlement provisions in certain Homeowner’s policies require written notice to the insurance company of the policyholder’s intent to repair or replace the damaged building in order to protect their right to recover the difference between Actual Cash Value settlement and Replacement Cost settlement.
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Technical Advisory 348
Time Periods for Proof of Loss Submission and for Completion of Repairs Under Replacement Cost Coverage For Damages Related to Catastrophic Events Bulletin 2021-02 is issued by the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) and is addressed to all authorized (admitted) and approved unauthorized (surplus lines) insurers that provided property coverage to Louisiana citizens who were impacted by the multiple catastrophic events of 2020 resulting in property damage claims by their policyholders.
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Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced today his appointments of James “David" Caldwell, Jr. as Executive Counsel and Rebecca Mowbray as Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs.
“The Louisiana Department of Insurance is lucky to have recruited someone of David's caliber and experience to the Executive Counsel position," said Donelon. “His work in both the public and private sectors as a prosecutor and as a civil litigator gives him a broad base of experience, and his extensive background in criminal investigations will be invaluable to the department as we continue our work in protecting consumers from scam artists."
Caldwell served as Deputy Director of the Criminal Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice from 2008 to 2016. In that role, he was responsible for the daily operations within the Criminal Division, which included oversight of the Medicaid Fraud, Insurance Fraud and Investigations divisions, and drafted legislation on behalf of the department. While at the justice department, he created the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Division in 2008 to address the need for focused state enforcement of public corruption and complex white-collar crimes in the state and led the group as its director. Most recently, he has worked in private practice and as Field Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Texas.
Caldwell earned a Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School and studied English and Russian at Louisiana State University.
Mowbray covered property insurance issues and rebuilding for the Times-Picayune after Hurricane Katrina. She worked as a journalist for more than 15 years at the Times-Picayune, the Houston Chronicle, and other publications. Most recently, she served as Assistant Inspector General for Inspections and Evaluations at the City of New Orleans Office of Inspector General.
“Rebecca has really been in the trenches of insurance issues since she covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina," said Commissioner Donelon. “Through her work in journalism, she has honed the ability to make complicated subjects relatable to general audiences and has a keen grasp on what information is important to consumers looking for assistance. I am happy to welcome her to the team."
Mowbray earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University and a master's in international relations at Tufts University. She studied political science and English at Skidmore College.
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