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With news this week that the Waldo Canyon fire is the most expensive wildfire for insurance companies in Colorado’s history, rumors started to fly about increasing premiums and full coverage becoming harder to get. “I think there’s a concern that there will be an immediate impact to insurance premiums,” said Carol Walker, executive director of… Continue Reading Insurers say Waldo fire not enough to bump premiums

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A scammer is calling Colorado residents promising refund checks from the “Colorado Insurance Commission” in an effort to get banking information. The Colorado Division of Insurance sent out a warning this week to consumers saying that they should never give out personal banking information over the phone. Here’s the setup: a caller claims to be… Continue Reading Colorado Division of Insurance warns of phone scams

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Florida-based Brightway Insurance is looking for people interested in opening one of its insurance stores in Colorado Springs. The company’s CEO David Miller said he expects to expand his franchise into the Springs this year. He wants to open 40 stores in the state. It might seem like a big goal. But, Miller started the… Continue Reading Brightway Insurance moving in, looking for franchisees

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Driving in 2012 is more expensive

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It costs almost $9,000 more this year than last year to own and operate the average sized car. Continue Reading Driving in 2012 is more expensive

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In the Wild West of the cyber world, high-tech outlaws, hackers and thieves are targeting small and large businesses alike, and not even mom and pop are safe anymore. Continue Reading Cyber attacks spawn niche business opportunities

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A perfect storm of declining sales, increasing claims and no way to recoup investments during a down economy has hit the property and casualty insurance industry hard this year. That will mean increased rates for businesses and a buyer’s market left blowing in the wind. It’s humbug news for 2012. “It won’t go up dramatically… Continue Reading Insurance barometer on the rise for businesses in 2012

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More than 1,400 Colorado consumers may be eligible for compensation under a class action settlement reached in Oklahoma. The suit involved Allstate Corporation and American Heritage Life Insurance Company, also known as Allstate Workplace Division. According to settlement documents, more than 226,000 consumers may be affected in all 50 states. In Colorado, the number of… Continue Reading Some Colorado residents could benefit from Allstate settlement

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State insurance website offers premium answers

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A new health insurance website launched today from the Colorado Division of Insurance hopes to answer the questions about the cost of health insurance — questions that plague Coloradans, officials said. “This new website will help arm consumers with the facts on what drives the cost of health insurance premiums, how to shop smart for… Continue Reading State insurance website offers premium answers

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Colorado’s Senior Medicare Patrol is tough on Medicare fraud and was recently recognized for its efforts. The Colorado Division of Insurance’s Senior Medicare Patrol received three national awards for its role in combating Medicare fraud. Colorado was recognized for being among the states with the highest number of Medicare fraud cases referred for investigation –… Continue Reading Senior Medicare Patrol recognized for fraud-busting

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College students heading back to classes this month should put insurance on their list of must-haves for the coming school year, the Colorado Commissioner of Insurance said. Students living away from home can experience loss of belongings through fires and thefts, said Jim Riesberg, Colorado Commissioner of Insurance. For example in 2009, there were 14… Continue Reading College students should put insurance on back-to-school checklist

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