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2019 Press Releases by subject

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Automobile Insurance
Climate Change
Disasters – Earthquakes
Disasters – Flood
Disasters – Wildfires
Fraud/Investigations – Auto
Fraud/Investigations – Health care
Fraud/Investigations – Other
Fraud/Investigations – Workers’ compensation
Health care
Homeowners Insurance
Workers’ compensation

Automobile Insurance

December 23, 2019
Department of Insurance proposes major course correction on auto insurance group discounts

September 24, 2019
Commissioner Lara Sees “Disturbing” Disparities in Auto Insurance Discounts for Millions of Drivers

Climate Change Back to Top

July 24, 2019
Commissioner Lara and United Nations Announce Nation’s First Sustainable Insurance Roadmap to Reduce California’s Climate Risks

January 4, 2019
New analysis of climate risk exposure of insurers’ investments released

COIN Back to Top

April 4, 2019
Commissioner Lara reappoints board members for COIN and WCIRB

January 3, 2019
Commissioner announces COIN impact investments estimated to reach $29 billion

Disasters – Earthquakes Back to Top

July 11, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to send notice to insurers regarding earthquake insurance misinformation

Disasters – Flood Back to Top

March 4, 2019
Department of Insurance assists with Russian River flood recovery, urges state homeowners to consider flood insurance

Disasters – Wildfires Back to Top

December 19, 2019
Commissioner announces more than 1 million homes now have protection from insurance non-renewal

December 5, 2019
Wildfire insurance crisis leads commissioner to call for first-ever statewide non-renewal moratorium

October 30, 2019
LA County residents forced to evacuate could tap insurance for cost reimbursement

October 24, 2019
Sonoma County residents forced to evacuate could tap insurance for cost reimbursement

October 18, 2019
Insurance Companies Agree to Extend Time for 2017 Wildfire Survivors to Access Additional Living Expense Benefits Past Two-Year Cutoff

October 11, 2019
Southern California residents forced to evacuate could tap insurance for cost reimbursement

August 20, 2019
New Data Shows Insurance Is Becoming Harder to Find as a Result of Wildfires

August 8, 2019
Commissioner Lara Announces Insurance Strike Team During Meetings with County Leaders

May 29, 2019
Commissioner Lara takes action to assist 2017 wildfire survivors facing expiration of living expense payments

May 8, 2019
Wildfire insurance losses from November 2018 blazes top $12 billion

May 2, 2019
Insurance Commissioners visit site of California’s most destructive wildfire during Risk and Resilience Summit

March 5, 2019
Photo Release - Department assists wildfires survivors at insurance claims workshops

February 12, 2019
Commissioner Lara supports Governor Newsom’s call for creative approaches to reduce wildfire risk to our communities

January 28, 2019
Insurance Commissioner reports insured losses from November 2018 wildfires up to $11.4 billion—a 25 percent increase from initial report

January 14, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara responds to PG&E’s intent to file bankruptcy

Fraud/Investigations – Auto Back to Top

December 6, 2019
Department arrests suspects in San Diego organized auto fraud ring in $500,000 Operation Dealer’s Choice

September 24, 2019
Yuba City resident convicted and sentenced after committing auto fraud

September 23, 2019
San Diegan arrested for allegedly attempting to defraud auto insurer

September 5, 2019
Three San Jose residents arrested in separate automobile fraud cases

June 21, 2019
Four in custody for alleged involvement in Sacramento organized auto insurance fraud ring

Fraud/Investigations – Health care Back to Top

June 10, 2019
Criminal Charges for Dentist Who Fraudulently Billed Insurance Companies Nearly $600,000

May 6, 2019
Pasadena insurance broker allegedly commits identity theft for unearned commissions

February 15, 2019
Inland Empire medical office employees arrested for alleged $540,000 insurance fraud scheme

February 13, 2019
LA podiatrist arrested for alleged inflated billing and kickback scheme

Fraud/Investigations – Other Back to Top

December 10, 2019
Former Orange County agent sentenced in $590,000 fraudulent life insurance and investment scheme

December 9, 2019
Southland bride tied up in fraud scheme through The Knot

November 7, 2019
Ringleader of family arson crew pleads guilty in $4 million Operation Firebird insurance fraud case

November 5, 2019
Santa Barbara insurance agent arrested after allegedly leaving client uninsured during 2018 mudslides

October 24, 2019
LA insurance agent arrested after allegedly stealing $148,000 and leaving a client uninsured

October 22, 2019
Long Beach insurance agent arrested for identity theft and forgery

October 3, 2019
Bay Area man sentenced to two years in prison for $250,000 insurance fraud scheme

September 27, 2019
Whittier ex-insurance agent arrested for grand theft and identity theft

September 20, 2019
Huntington Beach former adjuster gets 180-day jail sentence after stealing over $130,000 from clients

September 19, 2019
Former Orange County agent allegedly steals $590,000 in fraudulent life insurance and investment scheme

September 16, 2019
Case Update - Former Southland agent convicted after guilty plea on multiple felony counts

September 6, 2019
Victims of Investment Fraudster Receive Restitution Totaling More than $1.4 Million

August 16, 2019
Marina del Rey dentist arrested for identity theft in life insurance fraud scheme

July 12, 2019
San Diego scammers target military personnel in $4.8 million life insurance scheme

July 1, 2019
Bay area man pleads guilty to federal charges for $250,000 insurance fraud scheme

June 6, 2019
Sentencing Update -Search for fugitive former insurance agent charged with multiple felonies underway

May 30, 2019
LA insurance agent charged with grand theft and forgery

May 16, 2019
LA insurance agent allegedly steals over $65,000 from small business owners

May 9, 2019
Unlicensed insurance agent sentenced to jail time for stealing nearly $30,000 from clients

April 25, 2019
Southern California insurance agent’s license revoked for illegal action targeting seniors

April 22, 2019
Southland agent arrested in bogus policy scam

April 11, 2019
Elderly Santa Barbara woman target of insurance fraudsters for a decade

April 10, 2019
West Hollywood insurance producer charged with felony fraud, burglary and grand theft

February 28, 2019
Southern California agents charged with embezzlement and theft after allegedly stealing over $60,000 combined

February 22, 2019
Unlicensed agent allegedly steals $174,000 in insurance premiums from truck drivers and charter bus companies

Fraud/Investigations – Workers’ compensation Back to Top

December 11, 2019
Modesto business owner sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

October 21, 2019
Rancho Murieta roofer arrested for workers’ comp fraud

July 18, 2019
Long Beach financial advisor sentenced to over 10 years in state prison after embezzling nearly $1 million

May 7, 2019
Psychologist and doctor charged with fraudulent workers’ compensation evaluations in Central Valley

Health care Back to Top

December 20, 2019
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issues statement on latest Trump attack on women’s health care

August 13, 2019
Commissioner Lara calls on Trump administration to stop attempts to deny needed healthcare to transgender Californians

August 5, 2019
Commissioner Lara calls on Trump administration to stop undermining health care protections for transgender Californians

June 20, 2019
Department warns insurers against discriminating over HIV prevention medication

May 24, 2019
Commissioner Lara Vows Support for Transgender Californians Despite New Discriminatory Trump Administration Health Rule

May 3, 2019
Statement of Commissioner Lara on Trump Administration Damaging New Health Rule

March 4, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Lara Promises Full Support for California Lawsuit Over Women’s Health Funding

February 22, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Lara Denounces Trump Administration Attack on Women’s Health

February 19, 2019
Commissioner Lara asks Trump Administration to withdraw proposed changes that ‘wreak havoc on the Affordable Care Act’

January 29, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Lara submits testimony to US House of Representatives Committee on protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions

January 4, 2019
Commissioner Jones blasts Trump Administration rule that interferes with access to abortion and creates confusion that will cause some consumers to lose their health insurance

January 2, 2019
Department of Insurance Issues Report on the Impact of Prescription Drug Costs on Health Insurance Premiums

Homeowners Insurance Back to Top

December 19, 2019
Department issues revised plan of operation for FAIR Plan in response to Commissioner’s order to modernize coverage for California consumers

Legal Back to Top

November 20, 2019
Commissioner Lara issues emergency notice to help expedite insurance claims from California fires

November 14, 2019
Growing need for FAIR Plan leads Insurance Commissioner to order increased coverage options

November 5, 2019
Court issues order to conserve California Insurance Company to protect policyholders

October 21, 2019
Department of Insurance denies application for approval of sale of California Insurance Company

October 2, 2019
Historic $41 million payment closes book on decades-long court battle with Mercury Insurance Company

September 17, 2019
Advisory - Department Holds Hearing Looking Into How Automobile Insurance Groups Affect Driver Premiums

August 15, 2019
Department of Insurance wins 20-year court battle against Mercury Insurance as Supreme Court Denies Insurer’s Petition, upholding historic $27.6 million fine

May 10, 2019
Commissioner Lara to Hold Hearing Into How Automobile Insurance Groups Affect Driver Premiums

May 7, 2019
Court upholds Department of Insurance $27.5 million fine against Mercury Insurance for overcharging for auto insurance -- largest in the Department’s history

January 2, 2019
$10 million penalty in Wells Fargo case

Legislation Back to Top

October 17, 2019
California consumers to see increased insurance protections as Governor signs important wildfire and long-term care legislation

October 2, 2019
Commissioner Lara thanks Governor Newsom for signing Department-supported wildfire bills to protect California consumers

April 11, 2019
Insurance Diversity Bill Aims to Promote California’s Woman-, Minority-, LGBT- and Veteran-Owned Businesses

February 14, 2019
Senator Dodd, Commissioner Lara, Treasurer Ma Launch California Disaster Insurance Bill to Stabilize State Budget Costs from Catastrophic Events

Miscellaneous Back to Top

September 6, 2019
Commissioner Lara Appoints Members to Insurance Diversity Task Force

May 1, 2019
NRA agrees to stop unlawful solicitation of Carry Guard insurance

February 15, 2019
Department issues Cease and Desist Order to protect California employers from unauthorized “self-insured” health plans

January 23, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara pledges support for transgender troops

January 18, 2019
Commissioner Lara urges insurers to assist California workers affected by federal shutdown

January 17, 2019
Commissioner Lara announces new members of Department of Insurance Executive Team

January 10, 2019
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to Governor Newsom: Department of Insurance Ready to Expedite Health Care Subsidies and Drug Cost Savings

January 7, 2019
Ricardo Lara pledges to confront climate-fueled wildfires, fight fraud, expand health care as next Insurance Commissioner

January 4, 2019
Supreme Court denies review of decision upholding Commissioner’s Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations

January 3, 2019
Commissioner issues regulations prohibiting gender discrimination in automobile insurance rates

Workers’ compensation Back to Top

November 14, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Lara approves ninth reduction to workers' compensation average advisory pure premium rates since 2015

February 22, 2019
Insurance agent who allegedly faked insurance to rob small businesses to be arraigned on February 25

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