February 22, 2017
Water flows out of the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam in Oroville, Calif., on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The ChronicleThe...
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February 21, 2017

There are things you can do to make life easier when it's time to file your insurance claims.

We talked to the consumer advocacy group, United Policyholders and they said you should take pictures before and after the evacuation, document how much water...

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January 30, 2017

USA TODAY - Once the optimistic glow surrounding New Year’s financial resolutions wears off — hello, February! — it’s time to roll up your sleeves before losing momentum altogether.

Whether you aim to save money or get stuff organized, many apps and websites are available to help. Here are some things you can do, along with a few caveats.

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January 25, 2017
The California Supreme Court's ruling Monday reviving the state insurance commissioner's challenged regulation aimed at producing more accurate insurer estimates of home replacement costs provides greater certainty for homeowners on property coverage and should reduce litigation between policyholders and carriers, experts say.
 
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January 24, 2017
The California Supreme Court dealt property insurers a blow on Monday, reversing lower court rulings that had limited the state insurance commissioner's authority and blocked a rule the industry had slammed as overly prescriptive and burdensome.
 
The lawsuit by two state industry trade associations challenged a 2011 regulation making it illegal for insurers to...
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January 23, 2017

California’s insurance commissioner has the authority to adopt rules that protect homeowners whose policies fall far short of the amounts needed to rebuild or replace homes destroyed by wildfires or other disasters, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday...

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January 23, 2017
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently named 35 consumer liaison representatives for 2017. The 22 funded and 13 unfunded consumer representatives began their terms Jan. 1.
 
Eighteen of the funded consumer representatives participated in the program in 2017.
 
Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison...
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January 13, 2017

Nearly 30 years ago, consumer activist Harvey Rosenfield wrote and helped qualify Proposition 103, the November 1988 ballot measure that overhauled state regulation of home and auto insurance rates.

The initiative, dubbed by supporters as the “Voter Revolt to Cut Insurance Rates,” also contained a provision that got little attention during one of the most expensive campaigns in state...

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January 11, 2017

Shopping for home insurance can be a challenge if you have a dog--especially if its breed is seen as dangerous. This guide will help you get a policy (and affordable rate) regardless.

 

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December 13, 2016
Today California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones received the Excellence in Consumer Advocacy award at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) Fall National Meeting. The award, from consumer representatives, honors the insurance regulator found to most effectively represent and advance the interest of consumers. 
 
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