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Automobile Insurance

October 18, 2013
Parents play a critical role in helping teens develop safe driving habits

October 3, 2013
Insurance Commissioner thanks governor for signing driver license bill

May 22, 2013
$70 million rate reduction approved for Automobile Club of Southern CA drivers

January 4, 2013
California Department of Insurance Announces Approval of Auto Body Repair Regulations to Strengthen Consumer Protection

Disasters Back to Top

October 16, 2013
Californians urged to prepare for disaster by taking simple mitigation steps

August 26, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones reminds Rim Fire evacuees that certain living expenses may be reimbursed from homeowners' insurance coverage

August 14, 2013
Law enforcement agencies work together to provide Silver Fire victims with advice to avoid post-disaster schemes and scams

July 18, 2013
Mountain Fire evacuees should check homeowners’ insurance for reimbursement of certain living expenses associated with mandatory evacuation

January 16, 2013
Department of Insurance Urges Californians to update preparedness plans in light of Northridge earthquake anniversary

Enforcement/Investigations Back to Top

August 15, 2013
Organized crime insurance fraud ring busted by California Department of Insurance investigators

August 12, 2013
Torrance area insurance agent surrenders license after selling unregistered securities to seniors

May 16, 2013
Five arrested in million-dollar mobile phone insurance scam

March 18, 2013
Annuity and home refinance scam cause homeowners' foreclosure

Fraud - Auto Back to Top

December 5, 2013
Sacramento glass harvesting ring files over one thousand false windshield chip repair claims

October 25, 2013
Consumer tip results in arrest of dishonest insurance agent

September 16, 2013
Live demonstration of staged auto collisions that target innocent drivers

January 28, 2013
Eight Los Angeles Area Suspects Arrested for Staging Automobile Collisions

January 28, 2013
Five Sacramento area suspects arrested for staging automobile theft

Fraud - Other Back to Top

December 19, 2013
Former broker-agent charged with multiple felonies for identity theft and forgery; more victims are possible

December 12, 2013
Redding area insurance agent arrested for theft and providing bogus insurance certificates to dupe clients

October 31, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announces Brookdale Lodge owner’s conviction of insurance premium fraud

August 26, 2013
Former Tracy police officer faces sentencing for felony insurance fraud

February 27, 2013
Bay Area business owner sentenced for insurance premium fraud

Fraud - Workers' Compensation Back to Top

December 5, 2013
Fresno business owner to pay millions in restitution for workers' compensation premium fraud

October 24, 2013
$32 million in local grants awarded statewide to assist law enforcement in fighting workers' compensation fraud

September 19, 2013
Investigation leads to conviction of business owner for insurance fraud

September 6, 2013
Wife gets arrested when husband dies, but she continues to cash his workers’ compensation checks

April 5, 2013
Counterfeit workers' compensation insurance leave injured workers without benefits

Health Care Back to Top

December 20, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones responds to President's announcement regarding canceled policyholders exemption from individual mandate

December 2, 2013
Insurance Commissioner congratulates Covered CA for successful launch of SHOP exchange

November 21, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones calls Covered California's extension denial a disservice to policyholders

November 14, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones calls on all California insurers and HMOs to allow policyholders to keep existing coverage through 2014 mandating December 31 policy cancellations

November 12, 2013
Commissioner Jones announces Anthem will delay policy cancellations for some individual market policyholders

November 5, 2013
Insurance Commissioner obtains delay of individual policy cancellations from Blue Shield

November 4, 2013
Sutter Health hospitals agree to pay record payment in Department of Insurance lawsuit involving anesthesia billing

October 9, 2013
Oral anticancer medications become affordable under the Access to Cancer Treatment Act

October 1, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reminds uninsured Californians to enroll for health insurance through the health benefit exchange

September 24, 2013
Department of Insurance taking proactive enforcement steps to protect consumers with rollout of healthcare reform

September 23, 2013
Commissioner Jones Announces Department of Insurance Awarded Federal Grant Funds to Increase Medical Pricing Transparency and Support Rate Review

September 9, 2013
Commissioner Jones approves license allowing insurance agents to assist consumers who purchase health insurance through new health insurance Exchange

August 20, 2013
Healthcare reform continues as a priority for Insurance Commissioner

July 20, 2013
Anthem Blue Cross announces withdrawal of small business exchange bid confronted with CA insurance commissioner recommendation it be excluded due to repeated unreasonable rate increases on California small business

July 2, 2013
Second major health insurer pulls out of California market

July 2, 2013
Statement of Commissioner Jones in Response to Obama Administration Delay of Employer Penalty for Not Providing Health Insurance

June 28, 2013
Expanding Medi-Cal eligibility will result in a remarkable investment in the health and well-being of Californians

May 24, 2013
Insurance Commissioner announces multi-state settlement for improper disability claim handling practices case against major insurer

May 23, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones issues statement on Health Exchange announcement regarding participating insurers

May 23, 2013
Insurance Commissioner applauds Court decision to suspend Anthem's requirement that its HIV/AIDS patients only use a mail order pharmacy

May 1, 2013
United Healthcare Insurance Company rate increase on small businesses excessive and unreasonable

April 2, 2013
Anthem Blue Cross imposes back-to-back excessive and unreasonable rate increases on California small businesses

March 12, 2013
Emergency regulations for children's autism treatment approved

March 7, 2013
Department of Insurance Determines Blue Shield Rate Increase Is Unreasonable

February 28, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announces emergency regulation requiring medically necessary treatment for autism in children

February 25, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Defends Consumers' Right to Appeal Health Insurance Cancellations

February 20, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones issues statement to oppose geographic rating proposals that would result in rate increases for California healthcare consumers

February 14, 2013
Anthem Blue Cross agrees to lower February 1 rate increase for individual and family health insurance products

Homeowner's Insurance Back to Top

September 27, 2013
Southern California residents reminded wildfire season not over

September 24, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones reminds Clover Fire evacuees that certain living expenses may be reimbursed from homeowners' insurance coverage

June 3, 2013
Powerhouse wildfire evacuees may have certain living expenses reimbursed from homeowners' insurance coverage during evacuation and recovery

May 8, 2013
Court denies Mercury Casualty Company's petition to stay Insurance Commissioner Jones' rate reduction order

March 5, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces He Will Defend Rate Reduction Against Mercury Insurance Lawsuit

February 7, 2013
Department of Insurance announces $160 million in savings with homeowner insurance rate reductions - San Diego

February 7, 2013
Department of Insurance announces $160 million in savings with homeowner insurance rate reductions - San Francisco

February 7, 2013
Department of Insurance announces $160 million in savings with homeowner insurance rate reductions - Sacramento

February 7, 2013
Department of Insurance announces $160 million in savings with homeowner insurance rate reductions - Los Angeles

January 31, 2013
California Department of Insurance announces $20.6 rate reduction for homeowners

Miscellaneous Back to Top

December 31, 2013
Four consumer protection bills sponsored by Insurance Commissioner signed into law in 2013

December 13, 2013
Department of Insurance releases results of climate risk survey

December 10, 2013
Multi-million dollar settlement reached in Lincoln National Death Master case

November 15, 2013
Safeco Insurance Company pays $900,000 fine for market conduct violations; refunds more than $3 million to policyholders

November 12, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Jones commends Proposition 103's saving consumers and businesses tens of billions of dollars on the 25th anniversary of its passage by voters

October 30, 2013
Distracted driving is both costly and dangerous, especially on Halloween

October 25, 2013
Consumer Protection Bills Sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Signed Into Law

October 24, 2013
Settlement reached in Death Master case with NY Life

October 7, 2013
Commissioner Jones thanks Governor for signing bill to boost California's economy

September 24, 2013
Insurance Commissioner appoints new deputy commissioner of enforcement

September 20, 2013
Insurance Commissioner delivers keynote speech on diversity initiative at Asian Chamber of Commerce Conference

September 9, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Death Master settlement with Aegon

August 21, 2013
Insurers incorporated in California report no investments in businesses involved in Iranian military, nuclear or energy programs

August 19, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Death Master settlement with ING

August 14, 2013
California’s economy boosted through significant investment by MetLife

August 7, 2013
California Department of Insurance releases first-in-the-nation survey of insurance company procurement from diverse suppliers

July 17, 2013
Insurance Commissioner expands reach of climate change survey: doubles number of insurers required to respond

July 3, 2013
Department of Insurance exam of practices results in $350,000 penalty for Homesite Insurance Company

June 26, 2013
Commissioner Jones Lauds Supreme Court decisions on equal marriage rights

June 24, 2013
TIAA-CREF agrees to major business reforms using Death Master database

June 17, 2013
Emergency regulation requires health insurers to provide coverage for essential health benefits

May 13, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones honored by CA Hospital Association for leadership in government

May 10, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones applauds Assembly passage of AB 584

May 8, 2013
Investigation reveals alleged unlawful title insurance transactions by corporation headquartered in Southern California

May 3, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reminds evacuees of Southland wildfires that living expenses may be reimbursed under homeowners' policies

May 2, 2013
Court of Appeal issues decision upholding Commissioner's authority

March 7, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones applauds Ceres for Climate Change Survey Report

March 6, 2013
Department of Insurance appoints new legislative director

February 26, 2013
Department of Insurance issues warning regarding bogus checks

February 13, 2013
Iran Divestment Program Reduces Insurers Invested in Companies Doing Business with Iranian Energy, Military and Nuclear Sectors

January 23, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones names Dr. Paul Song as Department's First Visiting Fellow

January 17, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Obtains $1.7 Million in Settlement Payments in Death Master File Cases

January 11, 2013
AIG-Related Insurer Pays Nearly $6 Million in Penalties for Claims and Marketing Violations

January 9, 2013
CDI Revokes Central Valley Life Agent's License For Fraud

January 8, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces $1.25 Million Settlement with Fidelity Companies for Alleged Illegal Rebating Activities

Seniors Back to Top

November 26, 2013
Former Orange County life insurance agent arrested and charged with felony elder abuse

June 13, 2013
Commissioner Jones recommends Covered California exclude Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Cross of California from participating in Small Business Exchange

June 13, 2013
Department of Insurance investigation leads to guilty plea from couple who bilked nearly $2 million from hundreds of San Diego senior citizens

May 31, 2013
California Department of Insurance investigation leads to arrest of repeat offender for ripping off senior citizen

April 26, 2013
Department of Insurance investigation leads to arrest in scam bilking millions from hundreds of senior citizens

Workers' Compensation Back to Top

November 25, 2013
Insurance Commissioner recommends lower pure premium rate than suggested by workers' comp rating bureau

October 22, 2013
California Department of Insurance investigation leads to conviction of family for workers' compensation insurance fraud

July 11, 2013
California employers protected from being dragged out of state to resolve disputes with insurer

March 5, 2013
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones praises Michael Nolan for his long-standing commitment to workers' compensation issues

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