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Income — Are in the Top 1% or 5% in Your State?

Posted By Kim Legato, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

We hear the term tossed around a lot. You’re considered really rich if you’re in the top 1% economically and very well off if you find yourself in the top 5%.

In some states there isn’t much of a leap between being in the top 5% and the top 1%. Other states have a gap that is quite large. How well off you are financially just depends. That said, if you’re in the top 5% or the top 1% in any state, you’re not going to be all that unhappy with your finances or financial situation.

GOBankingRates.com used data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 America Community Survey and the Economic Policy Institute’s income equality report to come up with this story’s income totals.

Here’s what it takes to be considered rich in the U.S. starting with the national average:

  Average top 5% income: $284,361

  Lower limit of top 5%: $170,906

The PIA Western Alliance States:

Alaska

  Average top 5% income: $353,052

  Lower limit of top 5%: $223,728

Alaska is a high-cost, high-income state. At $19,027, the average household income in Alaska for the bottom 20% of its citizens is the nation’s highest low income average.

Arizona

  Average top 5% income: $328,778

  Lower limit of top 5%: $195,113

When it comes to top 5%-ers, Arizona sits in the middle of the pack. Those in the top 5% in Arizona —however — bring in about 4.5 times the state’s average income.

California

  Average top 5% income: $447,207

  Lower limit of top 5%: $250,000+

California is one of seven states and Washington D.C. where you have to have income of at least $250,000 to find yourself in the top 5%. That’s a lot but it pales in comparison to the amount of money that must be earned to end up in the 1% category.

That figure is $1.7 million.

Idaho

  Average top 5% income: $286,974

  Lower limit of top 5%: $167,204

Idaho has moderately low salaries across the board. So it’s a lot easier to hit the top 5%. It’s even quite easy to hit the top 1% which is a modest $829,268.

Montana

Average top 5% income: $302,605

Lower limit of top 5%: $176,370

Salaries are moderate in Montana, too. The top 5% is fairly easy to attain and if you bring in $855,976 or more you’ll be in the top 1%.

Nevada

  Average top 5% income: $320,403

  Lower limit of top 5%: $184,901

Nevada is another state where it’s pretty easy to reach the top 5%. Getting to 1% is tougher. You need $1,354,780 and more to make that. It’s over four-times what the average person in the top 5% earns.

New Mexico

  Average top 5% income: $280,094

  Lower limit of top 5%: $173,396

You can very easily reach the lowest limit of the top 5% in New Mexico. It’s even pretty easy to make the top 1% since they earn the third-lowest average 1% salary in the nation. That figure is a minimum of $615,082.

Oregon

  Average top 5% income: $329,517

  Lower limit of top 5%: $199,256

Oregon sits between two very high-earning states. Salaries in Oregon — compared to California and Washington — are stagnant. Less than $200,000 a year makes you a 5%-er. Make over $900,000 and you’re in the top 1%.

Washington

  Average top 5% income: $378,374

  Lower limit of top 5%: $229,199

Tech companies like Microsoft and airplane manufacturer Boing are headquartered in Washington. So it is one of the highest-need states to make the top 5%. A top 1% earner takes home an average of $1.4 million.

Source link: MSN Money

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Around the PIA Western Alliance States

Posted By Kim Legato, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

California — Electric Scooters: Cities all over the country are doing battle over the use of electric scooters on sidewalks, streets and even highways. Some cities have regulations for them. Some don’t.

The California Legislature — at least the Assembly — wants to look at scooter regulations. The bill is Assembly Bill 1286 and it has passed the Assembly and is now off to the Senate.

It is authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. He’s a Democrat and wants cities to be required to make the scooter companies get permits that make them adhere to rules on parking, maintenance and safety.

Muratsuchi thinks the scooters are fun and ecologically friendly but they are also dangerous when ridden improperly on sidewalks or when parked improperly.

Source link: Insurance Journal

 

Idaho — Medicare Workshop: Free Medicare Workshop for individuals turning 65 and those approaching Medicare eligibility are being held in a number of Idaho cities. Caregivers and all those interested in learning how Medicare works are encouraged to attend.

One will be held in Hailey on Wednesday, June 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Hailey Public Library at 7 W. Croy Street.

They are designed to introduce the various parts of Medicare and to share some of the costs and benefits associated with the program. Sessions cover enrollment timeframes for Medigap, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, and how the different parts of Medicare work together.

Staff with the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program, a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, conduct the workshops. To register for the upcoming session, please contact the SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-247-4422.

Nevada — Wildfire Settlement: The state of Nevada has been ruled negligent when a controlled burn got out of control and destroyed 24 homes just south of Reno. High winds reignited the burn while it was smoldering.

The state was sued by 60 plaintiffs. Their attorneys say the Board of Examiners is going to vote on a settlement on June 12th. It is said the settlement will be $80 million.

Source link: Insurance Journal

 

New Mexico — Albuquerque Looking at Billing Drivers Emergency Costs: Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller is proposing the city begin collecting money for emergency services provided by the city when there is a car crash.

The 2020 budget says proposed cost recovery fees will range from $400 for hazard mitigation and cleanup to $1,305 for the use of heavy rescue tools and other equipment. The city will also — if this passes the city council — be allowed to bill $400 an hour for additional time spent at accident scenes.

Proponents say this will pass the cost of complex crash situations onto those directly requiring them. Opponents say these services are already funded by taxes.

Source link: Insurance Journal

 

Washington — Kreidler Issues Fines: Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines in April totaling $401,900 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who violated state insurance regulations.

Insurance companies

Premera Blue Cross, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; two orders:

    Fined $50,000, order 19-0079: Premera underpaid dental providers for certain anesthesia services by $182,766 on 1,008 claims from January through June 2018. The company will reprocess all of the underpaid claims within 90 days.

    Fined $50,000, order 19-0138: A consumer complained to Kreidler when Premera denied a lifesaving specialty formula for a child. Kreidler’s investigation found that Premera improperly handled the appeal, which should have included a review by an independent review organization (IRO). Premera subsequently reported that it improperly handled 59 appeals from June 2016 until July 2018.

Lifewise Health Plan of Washington, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; fined $25,000, order 19-0139

A consumer complained to Kreidler about a claim appeal that was mishandled by Lifewise, a sister company to Premera Blue Cross. Lifewise reported that it delayed 31 appeals to be reviewed by independent review organizations (IRO) from June 2016 until July 2018. 

Delta Dental of Washington, Seattle; three orders:

    Fined $15,000, order 19-0071: The company did not maintain dental provider directories in accordance with state law. Violations included obscuring specialty providers, accuracy of the directories, and reporting providers to Kreidler’s office. 

    Fined $15,000, order 19-0072: The company overcharged and undercharged a total of 3,370 Washington consumers, affecting 4,624 claims. Overcharges totaled more than $13,000, which it refunded to customers.

    Fined $50,000, order 19-0073: The company sold unapproved policies to 6,140 Washington consumers. These policies contained language that was specifically disapproved by Kreidler’s office.  The company also misrepresented the terms of its contracts in its confirmations of treatment and cost in 6,456 instances.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc., Seattle; fined $50,000, order 19-0075

The company improperly processed claims totaling nearly $213,000 for 42,036 consumers in 2017. The company’s plan stated that each policyholder’s first four visits of the year were not subject to the annual deductible. The company processed claims in the order they were received, rather than in chronological order. The result was that policyholders could be subject to higher out-of-pocket charges depending on how fast medical providers submitted claims.

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., Lincoln, Neb.; fined $50,000, order 19-0107

In 2015, Kreidler denied a standalone combined vision and dental policy that the company wanted to sell. In 2017, it sold 1,552 of these plans to Washington consumers, generating $95,997 in premiums. Additionally, from January through July 2017 the company allowed insurance producers to sell the policies without being properly affiliated or appointed. Kreidler suspended $30,000 of the fine under the conditions that the company certify that all of its producers are appointed and affiliated every six months and commits no further law violations for two years.

Kreidler disciplined the following companies for violating state insurance laws:

    Bankers Life & Casualty Co., Chicago; fined $30,000, order 19-0074

    Omni Insurance Co., Springfield, Ill.; fined $20,000, order 18-0079

    Principal Life Insurance Co., Des Moines, Iowa; fined $16,150, order 19-0040

    Banner Life Insurance Co., Frederick, Md.; fined $10,000, rescinding cease and desist, order 19-0172

    Seneca Insurance Co., New York City; fined $3,000, order 19-0175

    Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co., Omaha, Neb., fined $3,000, order 19-0101

 

Agents and brokers

Kreidler fined the following insurance producers for violating state laws:

    Trever Marshall Maestas, Kennewick, Wash.; fined $250, order 19-0173

    Barbara Jean Otiker, Bremerton, Wash.; fined $250, order 19-0202

    Aliyah Hunt, Middleton, Wisc.; fined $250, order 19-0008

    Southwest Risk LP, Dallas; fined $250, order 19-0103

    Brandon Lewandowski, Garfield Heights, Ohio; rescinded revocation and fined $500, order 19-0104

    Sarah Miller, Denver; rescinded revocation and fined $500, order 19-0105

    National Rural Letter Carriers Association, fined $8,500, order 19-0099

    Landcar Agency, Sandy, Utah; fined $4,000, order 19-0053

    Alison Page Newman, El Cajon, Calif., fined $250, order 19-0080

 

Kreidler revoked the licenses of the following insurance producers:

    Ruth Lynn Elder, Melbourne, Fla., order 19-0102

    Victor Inman, Henderson, Nev., order 19-0109

Source link: Washington Department of Insurance

 

Washington — Surprise Billing Legislation: Gov. Jay Inslee has signed Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s request legislation to end surprise medical billing, enacting arguably the strongest law in the country to protect consumers from this unfair practice.

The new law (www.leg.wa.gov) protects consumers from getting a surprise bill when they get either emergency services at an out-of-network emergency room or medical treatment at an in-network hospital or facility but are seen by an out-of-network provider.

“For more than a decade, we’ve heard from people hit with a balance or surprise bill,” said Kreidler. “They’ve shared their stories of receiving a bill on top of what they expected to pay, despite going to the hospital or facility their health plan covers. Many wanted to know how this could be legal. This year, we learned of two consumers who received surprise bills of over $100,000 and who both faced losing their homes and medical bankruptcy.”

Kreidler added, “I think the breadth of these stories – and that no one was immune – finally provided the motivation needed for the sides to come together and find a solution. I’m grateful to Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, and Sens. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, and Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, for their critical work on this legislation and to the other legislators who supported this important consumer protection."

The new law takes effect starting Jan. 1, 2020. Key protections include:

    A consumer who receives emergency care in an out-of-network emergency room or who has a non-emergency medical procedure in an in-network hospital or facility cannot be balanced billed.

    An insurer cannot balance bill a patient if they seek emergency care at an out-of-network facility in a state that borders Washington.

    Insurers must pay the out-of-network provider or facility directly for care their enrollee receives.

    If the insurer and provider or facility do not agree on a commercially reasonable payment for out-of-network services within 30 days, their dispute goes to binding arbitration.

    A disclosure template will be developed and must be given to patients describing when they can and cannot receive a balance bill.

    Insurers, providers, and facilities must include up-to-date network information on their websites.

    Any provider who continues to illegally balance bill may be referred to the state Department of Health for enforcement.

Kreidler’s office will develop rules this summer for the new law. Sign up to get updates.

“There is much more that we need to do to address the challenges facing our health care system,” said Kreidler. “But to finally put this issue to rest lifts a weight for many and should give thousands of consumers more piece of mind. For now, we’ll settle for that victory.”

Source link: Washington Department of Insurance

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A Decision in California’s Paradise Fire — PG&E the Cause

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CalFire has completed its investigation the Camp Fire and the Tubbs Fire.

 

The fire that destroyed the California town of Paradise is the Camp Fire. It killed 85 people, wiped out 18,804 homes and businesses and burned 153,336 acres. Six months after the fire CalFire has determined one of PG&E’s older transmission lines caused the fire.

 

No details were given as to exactly how the power lines failed. It also did not say whether PG&E was negligent in its maintenance of those lines.

 

The Tubbs Fire killed 22, destroyed 5,636 buildings and wiped out 36,807-acres. The fire started with a property owner’s private electrical equipment. Victims and PG&E critics were hoping CalFire would say the blaze was caused by PG&E.

 

What makes it significant is that it ends up being the only major fire in 2017 that wasn’t caused by PG&E’s equipment. Critics say it took CalFire too long to finally make the decision on the Tubbs Fire cause. CalFire spokesman Michael Mohler disagrees.

 

“We don’t work by a clock. We work by what we have to do,” Mohler said. “Timelines are never in our schedule, and every fire poses different challenges.”

 

Roy Miller is an attorney representing over 4,000 people who lost homes in California wildfires. He has been very critical of the Tubbs Fire decision and noted that PG&E is likely to ask the bankruptcy court for a discount that will be applied to the $30 billion in claims that have been filed.

 

Some of those claims are from the Tubbs Fire.

 

Miller says his group will oppose that because they are disputing CalFire’s conclusion for the cause of that fire. He says CalFire’s investigation did not follow its own rules and they’ll be pushing to leave the Tubbs Fire victims in the claims process for now.

 

“We will either try to convince the bankruptcy judge to release us so we can litigate this in a civil trial, or the bankruptcy judge may have a mini trial to determine fault issue in Tubbs,” Miller said.

 

In another issue relating to wildfire and PG&E, the company has put together a plan to cut power in during high winds in wildfire-prone areas. That could cause serious problems for millions of Californians.

 

So it has likely ended one problem and — since power could be cut in some cases for days — created another.

 

California Governor Gavin Newsom says the state is going to toss some resources into those areas to help alleviate the inconvenience. “I’m worried,” the governor said. “We’re all worried about it for the elderly. We’re worried about it because we could see people’s power shut off not for a day or two but potentially a week.”

 

Newsom is going to budget $75 million to help.

 

Source links: Press Democrat, Associated Press, Insurance Journal, PropertyCasualty360.com

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Commercial Insurance Pricing Up Worldwide

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Marsh — like many insurers, ratings agencies and others — tracks commercial insurance prices. The company’s Global Market Index for the first quarter of 2019 has good news for commercial insurers. Prices rose by 3% overall.

Dean Klisura is Marsh’s president of global placement. He said, “While 3% is the largest average increase in insurance pricing we have seen since the index began in 2012, market capacity remains strong in most products and geographies.”

Going back to 2013, Klisura said prices have fallen 0.7% worldwide. That seems to have turned around.

In the U.S. — where most of us are concerned — first quarter rates leaped 1.1%. That’s good news. The news on another front is not so good. Casualty pricing — which has fallen in all but one quarter since 2014 — fell again and dropped another 1.7%.

Here’s the rest of the report’s highlights:

  All regions experienced increases and they’re driven mostly by changes in D&O rates

  The Pacific region saw the most increases at greater than 10%. That has been a trend for the last eight quarters

  Europe and the United Kingdom saw jumps of 2% or higher

  Property risk prices around the globe jumped an average of almost 5%

  Casualty prices fell an average of 1%

  Pricing for financial and professional lines rose close to 6%

As for the U.S. Marsh said the increases are at the highest rate since 2013. Here’s more:

  Property saw a 4% increase and has now gone up each quarter since 2017

  Multilayered property programs led the way with increases of close to 7%

  Financial and professional liability rose 2.8% and — again — is driven by D&O liability jumps

  D&O pricing for public companies rose about 6% and 77% of clients saw an increase

  That is the largest number in several years

Source link: Insurance Journal

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The World’s Most Valuable Insurance Brands

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The most valuable insurance brands in the world won’t necessarily be recognized by the average American. China’s Ping An is at the top of the latest Brand Finance Insurance 100 survey. It is done every year in conjunction with Insurance Business America.

 

The Chinese company grew in value by $50.5 billion. It is the world’s top life insurer and P&C insurer. In the property and casualty sector Ping An, Germany’s Allianz and GEICO sit at the top of the group of 100.

 

If you’re interested in the entire report — and it is fascinating reading — please click here.

 

Here is the top-20 list:

1. Ping An

2. Allianz

3. China Life

4. Axa

5. AIA

6. CPIC

7. PICC

8. GEICO

9. Zurich

10. Allstate

11. Progressive

12. MetLife

13. Prudential (US)

14. LIC

15. Poste Italiane

16. General Group

17. Aviva

18. Prudential (UK)

19. Chubb

20. MS&AD

Just missing the top 20 — Travelers, Swiss Re, AIG, AFLAC

 

Source link: Insurance Business America

 

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Congress & Drug Prices — Bipartisan Agreement Collapses

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Three bills passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee aimed at helping reduce the price of drugs. They will remove the barriers pharmaceutical companies have to keep generic drugs from entering the market. The bills also address tactics used by pharmaceutical firms to keep competition at bay and prices high.

 

They passed on a bipartisan effort with both parties in support. Then the Democrats added some rollbacks to Trump administration’s decisions on ObamaCare. It forced the Republicans to vote no on the bills when they came before the full House.

 

It passed the package 234 to 183.

 

Added to the final bill are bans on short-term insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare requirements and some marketing and outreach funding designed to help people navigate insurance needs in the ObamaCare exchanges.

 

Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon said the Democrats have put politics in front of what was — in effect — a bipartisan effort to help the people. “I have to express my regret that the bipartisan work we did … gets paired up with a purely partisan bill they know we had problems with,” Walden said. “That’s disappointing at best and discouraging and unfortunate, because there’s an opportunity to legislate here.”

 

Walden and other Republicans pushed Democrats hard and asked them to — for the sake of getting real reform done — remove the ObamaCare parts from the legislation and let these bills stand alone.

 

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California called the decision “partisan poison pills. They took a situation where we found common ground on drug pricing and transparency … but before they came to the floor, they put poison pills in it dealing with the Affordable Care Act.”

 

Walden said putting ObamaCare onto the bill means it is less likely the Republican-controlled Senate will even look at it.

 

The president has been up front about the issue. He supports the bipartisan effort and the decisions to get drug pricing under control but says if this somehow manages to reach his desk intact, he’ll veto.

 

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Democrats forced the tough decision upon Republicans because they have continued to support attempts to undermine ObamaCare.

 

“I think, frankly, we have packaged these bills because we think they are all part and parcel of what we pledged to the American people; that is, bringing down prices and making healthcare available at a level that they need to protect themselves and their families,” Hoyer said. “I regret that the administration continues to try to undermine the ACA.”

 

Source link: The Hill

 

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California Commissioner & Auto Rate Settings

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The latest attack on insurers and rate setting comes from California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. He’s going to hold an “investigatory hearing” on September 17th of this year into how insurers use information from occupational, educational and other groups to set auto insurance rates.

 

These affinity groups — like professional groups and alumni associations — are allowed to purchase insurance on a group plan. That lowers the rates of members and — in a roundabout way — causes rates to be higher for the poor.

 

He said the department has been hearing complaints about this practice for years. By offering lower rates to these groups, poorer Californias pay higher rates. That violates — Lara thinks — California law.

 

“Affordable auto insurance can increase Californians’ economic mobility through access to employment and higher-paying jobs,” Lara said. “Since we require drivers to have insurance, I want to hear the facts about how lower group rates for some Californians affect the cost of insurance for all Californians, including lower-income drivers.”

 

California’s insurance regulating Proposition 103 says ratings can be determined by a safe driving record, the number of miles driven, driving experience and from other factors.

 

Lara has already prohibited the use of gender in passenger auto rate-setting to remove factors for rates that are beyond the control of a driver.

 

The commissioner said he is going to invite stakeholders and others that are interested to answer questions in advance of the hearing.

 

Source link: The California Department of Insurance

 

 

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Battling Dementia — Try Exercise

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes 50 million people on the planet have dementia. Each year 10 million cases are added to that number. Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia.

 

Aging — the report says and as most of us already know — is not the reason for dementia. It is a combination of factors including health conditions and behaviors. A new report from the WHO released some new guidelines on how to avoid having it happen to you.

 

The best thing you can do — the report notes — is exercise. Maria Carrillo is the chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Association. She agrees and says the bottom brain-saving line is keeping yourself in good shape.

 

She said exercise — not vitamins or medications — is the key to dementia prevention. Since dementia is incurable and different kinds of experimental therapies have failed, Carrillo says exercise is one of the better choices to keep dementia from attacking you.

 

Plus — as you know — there are lots of other benefits that come from exercise. The National Institute on Aging agrees with WHO and says this is common sense and echoes what it has been saying for years.

 

Here are some of the benefits WHO and the institute say exercise provides. It helps with:

  Diabetes

  High blood pressure

  High cholesterol

 

It also helps with an active social life and assists in helping to avoid:

 

  Smoking

  Overeating

  Alcohol abuse

 

But does doing those things increase the thinking skills and help with the avoidance of dementia? Probably not. They will — however — aid your general health. That said, the WHO notes eating well does help. This is especially true — says WHO Dr. Neerja Chowdhary — if you eat a Mediterranean-like diet.

 

Vitamins — like some providers insist — will not help battle dementia. These would be vitamins B and E, fish oil or multi-complex supplements. Chowdhary says they just don’t work.

 

“There is currently no evidence to show that taking these supplements actually reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and in fact, we know that in high doses these can be harmful,” Chowdhary said.

 

Carrillo agrees, “People should be looking for these nutrients through food ... not through supplements.”

 

The WHO also points to the theory that playing games and other activities will slow down the onset of dementia. For people mildly affected by dementia they might work but not for those at higher risk.

 

Antidepressants are also not recommended to reduce dementia and its risk.

 

Source link: Associated Press

 

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Update: California’s Data Privacy Law

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

 

An effort has been made to improve California’s new data privacy law. It failed. Other bills are being pushed to make changes to make it easier for tech companies to use data they mine.

The bill is complex. This story is not. The California Consumer Privacy Act gives consumers the right to know what data is being gathered and the right to restrict how it is sold — if it is sold — and to force firms to delete the data. 

Congress is considering a similar bill and consumer advocates are rallying around the California law to make that happen. It is — like this new privacy improvement bill did — getting strong pushback from technology companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google.

The bill introduced by California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson — a Democrat — would have allowed consumers to sue companies for violations of the law. It failed to get out of the Senate Appropriation Committee.

Tech companies are delighted.

The bill had the support of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other privacy advocates. He liked that it would give the state more latitude to enforce the law’s provisions. And like Jackson — he’s disappointed.

The senator says the tech firms have too much power and use that power to the detriment of consumers. “The truth of the matter is the tech world is such a behemoth at this point in time, they have so much money, they have really been driving this whole discussion,” she said.

The point — she said — is to make sure companies delete data when asked and her bill would make them more accountable. As the law stands now, it is up to the state to do the enforcement. The bill would have put the consumer in that loop.

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“There are so many aspects to this where violations could occur but the attorney general could be the only entity that could bring a suit,” Jackson added. That’s why the bill did away with the 30-days notice to a tech firm to fix a violation before the attorney general could act.

Business groups jointed Facebook, Google, Amazon and others in opposing the bill. Sarah Boot of CalChamber (the California Chamber of Commerce) said it gives trial attorneys too many money-making opportunities via lawsuits and attorneys fees.

“Compliance with the CCPA should be the goal of any regulatory enforcement and having individual trial lawyers responsible for enforcement as is the case in SB 561 will not serve that goal,” she said.

In the meantime, these same business groups want to change some of the law and give it some exceptions. They are supporting legislation that would allow companies to sell the data from people who’ve opted out. That is illegal now.

Source link: Associated Press

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The Newest Top Insurance Risk — Cyber

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cyber risk is soon going to be the biggest insurance risk of them all.

At least that’s the opinion of the P&C reinsurance firm Scor. Company chairman and CEO Denis Kessler said cyber is going to replace natural disasters for the highest payouts. He suggests developing a comprehensive and common global scale to define the damages from a cyber attack. 

Kessler made the comments at a conference on cybersecurity held by the Bank of France.

“I dream of a kind of Richter scale for cyber security,” he said. “It would be very helpful to have measurement and modeling tools. Unless we can model, it’s very difficult for us to provide coverage. We have scenarios but not modeling tools.”

Kessler said the cost of cyber risks — to date — has been relatively small but it will grow in the future. And grow a lot. The attendees members of the U.S. Federal Reserve and representatives of banks in Europe, Canada and Japan. They all agreed and also agreed that the losses in the future could top $600 billion a year.

That compares to $250 billion presently spent on natural disaster claims.

 

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“The demand for cyber risk coverage well exceeds the supply and this is an issue,” Kessler said and he called for a rebalance, and for more coordination and partnering with authorities “to build databases and a taxonomy to share information.”

During the conference it was determined that the Group of Seven will simulate a border-wide crisis net month. The point is to learn as much as can be learned from the crisis and how to react.

ECB Executive Board Member Sabine Lautenschlaeger asked the financial institutions attending to review their information infrastructures and conduct stress tests and joint exercises.

The point is to improve resilience.

Source link: Insurance Journal

 

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