American college-graduates are urging the House Committee on Rules to block GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder’s “country caps” appropriations legislation, saying it will widen discrimination against Americans and expand the outsourcing of U.S. college-grad jobs to Indian visa-workers. “Today we have [workplaces] all across the country that are virtually 100 percent Indian,” said Robert Heath, a software professional who now runs the H1BFacts.com website. Yoder’s amendment “would be worse — it would be ethnic cleansing of U.S. workers from the [science and technology] professions.”“We’re all scared because if H.R. 392 passes, if they get green cards, the discrimination will become rampant,” said Stephen Pushor, a retired programmer in Virginia. The anti-American bias is already widespread in the software sector, and it sidelines many younger and middle-aged American professionals, he said. Yoder’s country cap … [Read more...] about Yoder’s Green-Card Giveaway Will Expand Bias Against U.S. College-Grads, Say American Professionals
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Madison-based American Family Insurance Group is expanding, through a merger with the Main Street America Group, a Jacksonville, Florida insurance company.Main Street America will become part of American Family but the companies will continue to operate separately and Main Street America will keep its brand. They will merge their equity, products and services, forming a company with combined equity of more than $9 billion. (Equity is defined as the value of assets minus liabilities.) The agreement will put American Family squarely in hurricane territory -- a move that company leaders have adamantly opposed in the past -- but exposure to hurricane damage will be limited, officials said.The merger will widen American Family's coverage area along the East Coast, add insurance offerings for businesses, and let independent insurance agents sell American Family policies for the first time, possibly under Main Street America's name."With a heavy concentration on the East Coast, … [Read more...] about American Family adds Florida insurance firm
OLIVIA, Minn. — The owners of a south-central Minnesota home destroyed by fire in January have now been charged in connection with that fire. Jeffrey George Ackerson Jr., 34, of Bird Island is facing felony charges of arson, insurance fraud and cruelty to animals, while his wife, Sheena Marie Ackerson, 36, has been charged with one felony count of aiding and abetting insurance fraud. The home was deemed a complete loss, and the family dog was killed in the fire on Jan. 15. The couple received two checks from American Family Insurance for $5,000 each, along with temporary housing in Hector, paid for by the insurance company, Renville County District Court documents said. The couple both endorsed and deposited the checks, documents said. In a recorded statement to law enforcement on Feb. 8, Ackerson said he was frustrated with the progress of remodeling the house, along with the family bills. When his wife and children had left the house Jan. 15, he said he went into the … [Read more...] about Fire destroyed their house and killed their dog. Now, Minnesota couple accused of arson and insurance fraud.
When his adopted son, then 10 years old, started to hear voices and act violently, Matthew Timion knew the boy needed psychiatric help. He did not realize how difficult it would be to pay for it.Timion, a computer programmer who at the time lived in Oak Park and now lives in Moline, said he was in a continual fight with his private insurance and the state to fund his son’s stays at numerous psychiatric hospitals.After a hospital stay when the boy was 13, Timion placed him in a $300-per-day residential facility where he expected treatment to last for nine months to a year, per the advice of multiple doctors. But Timion’s insurance, which required weekly updates, after a month decided the boy was no longer a threat and that it would not cover any more days, Timion said."I remember thinking, This is insane that we have zero resources for people who could turn into violent shooters,” said Timion, who asked that his son not be named. The boy, who was 3 when he was adopted, … [Read more...] about Holes in federal law to protect insurance coverage put mentally ill at risk, advocates say
Industry executives in Florida sing the merits, but the Consumer Federation of America says a proposed merger of two of the top four U.S. title insurance giants represents bad news for home buyers from West Palm Beach to Walla Walla, Wash.CFA wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators urging them to stop the marriage of Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Financial, the nation’s largest title insurance concern, with No. 4 Houston-based Stewart Information Services. The combined corporate families would control about 44 percent of a nearly $15 billion market, according to 2017 industry figures. “The combined entity would control almost half of the title insurance market and make an over-concentrated, excessively-priced market even more expensive and abusive to American home buyers,” said J. Robert Hunter, CFA’s director of insurance. He is a former Texas insurance commissioner and past adviser to Florida regulators. In announcing … [Read more...] about Title insurance: Shocking numbers should kill merger, group tells DOJ