By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - When Australia's deadliest cyclone in a quarter century ripped through the country's northeast, it blew out the windows of power technician Luke Read's house and flooded it, damaging walls and making his family sick from mould exposure. But his insurer, part of Commonwealth Bank of Australia <CBA.AX>, sent a "claim adjuster" who declared most of the damage from Cyclone Debbie's 195 km/h winds and heavy rains non-existent or minor, leaving him with most of a hefty repair bill. "She walked into my home and said, 'oh no, I've seen worse than this'," said Read, 34, adding the assessor told him she had no building qualifications. "My daughter, her eyes are constantly puffed up. My wife has been as sick as I've ever seen her. It's devastating." Eighteen months later, CommInsure's assessment was overturned this week after Read went to the financial ombudsman. His experience reflects concerns of consumer advocates about secrecy in the way the A$46 billion … [Read more...] about Australian inquiry to peer into darkest corners of insurance business
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Jennifer Dixon Detroit Free Press Published 1:03 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 As many as 560 license plates belonging to Michigan's largest school district have vanished — and there's finger-pointing all around. The state-issued municipal plates — distinguishable by an “X” between two sets of numbers — could be a hot commodity: There are no annual renewal fees and they are not tied to a vehicle identification number. Good luck tracking down a getaway car or reporting a reckless driver who has somehow gotten an unauthorized municipal plate. It isn’t just theoretical. The Free Press recently spotted a municipal plate that once belonged to the Detroit Public Schools Community District on a car driving up Southfield Road in Lathrup Village. The Michigan Secretary of State issues municipal plates to local governments, police departments, school districts, volunteer fire departments and other public agencies. As of mid-June, the … [Read more...] about Nearly 600 license plates missing from Detroit schools. What happened?
A recent Ipsos poll revealed that 43 percent of Republicans believe that President Trump should have the power to shut down news organizations that exhibit “bad behavior.” The results, first reported by The Daily Beast, also indicate that about half of GOP participants view the media as “the enemy of the people.” Democrats and Independents who participated in the August 3-6 survey were less apt to hold such views. Twelve percent and 21 percent, respectively, agreed that Trump should have authority over misbehaving outlets, and 12 percent and 26 percent see the media as the opposition. 129 PHOTOS A running list of all the times Trump has attacked 'fake news' on Twitter See Gallery A running list of all the times Trump has attacked 'fake news' on Twitter **Click through the following slides to see a running list of tweets President Trump has sent regarding 'fake news.' (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via … [Read more...] about Poll shows nearly half of Republican think Trump should be able to shut down media outlets
Updated 7:13 am PDT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 Photo: David Zalubowski, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this May 25, 2018, file photo, motorists guide their vehicles down Interstate 70 near Evergreen, Colo. Drivers expect insurance companies to offer digital experiences on par with the likes of Amazon, Uber and Netflix. Insurers are far from meeting those expectations, but they’re stepping up their game in the battle for customers. Today, auto insurance companies are using technology to change how they set prices, give discounts, answer common questions and handle claims. less FILE - In this May 25, 2018, file photo, motorists guide their vehicles down Interstate 70 near Evergreen, Colo. Drivers expect insurance companies to offer digital experiences on par with the likes of Amazon, ... more Photo: David Zalubowski, … [Read more...] about Insurers turn to technology to woo drivers
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