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  • Burning Questions: Arson or Accident?

    Investigation which found that insurance companies with significant financial interests in the outcome of criminal arson investigations are in fact taking the lead in such probes- with the result that property owners are accused of setting fires that are almost certainly accidents.

    Tags: Arson; Insurance Fraud

    By Dee J. Hall; Phil Brinkman

    Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.)


  • Confusion and Consequences: Changing Michigan's Auto Insurance

    The supporters of legislation to change Michigan's no fault Personal Injury Protection implied the cause of Michigan's relatively high auto insurance rates was in large part due to generous coverage of catastrophic injuries.

    Tags: Personal Injury Protection

    By Lester Graham

    Michigan Radio


  • Bankers Life and Casualty

    Bankers Life & Casualty is a 100-year old insurance company based in Chicago that prides itself on serving hte senior citizen community. But Inside Edition exposed a major financial scheme that propted a Senate investigation.

    Tags: Bankers Life & Casualty; senior; elderly; Medicare

    By Matt Meagher; Cindy Galli; Charlie McLravy; Bob Read; Charles Lachman

    Inside Edition (New York)


  • Critical Condition

    The story is a revealing look at three American famliesa s they struggledwith their health insurers over coverage of expensive, but potentially life-saving treatment.

    Tags: health care; health insurers; insurance

    By 01/24/2010

    NBC News Dateline


  • "Lifesaving Drugs, Deadly Consequences"

    This investigative piece looks at worker safety issues that affect "the nation's healthcare providers." Health care employees are often put in harms way by handling drugs that are meant to save the "lives of cancer patients," but can be "human carcinogens," too. This report shows that regulation on exposure to these types of drugs in the workplace is weak.

    Tags: FOIA; health insurance; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; cancer; OSHA; drugs; chemotherapy

    By Carol Smith; Rita Hibbard



  • Florida's Insurance Nightmare

    Six years after eight hurricanes ripped across Florida, state residents still struggle to recover from the storms' legacy - a wrecked property insurance market. Exorbitant premiums, the highest in the world, have soured the state's struggling economy, killed real estate sales and forced families from their homes. Homeowners were told that unless they paid even more, no insurance company would take their hurricane risk. The Herald-Tribune showed that is a lie. Floridians have been lied to about why there is a crisis, where their money is going, and whether they're even protected against storm losses. Public policy has been corrupted by fiction spun by the insurance industry and its supposed regulators. Billions of dollars desperately needed for the next disaster have been siphoned offshore. And millions of homeowners are left to entrust their financial security on a system rigged to extort profit. To expose the hidden truth of Florida's insurance crisis, St. John cultivated key sources deep within every aspect of the insurance industry and sought massive amounts of financial and policy data from multiple state and national entities. When it became obvious Florida's crisis was manipulated from afar, she traveled to Bermuda and Monte Carlo to discover the hidden players truly in charge.

    Tags: home insurance; property insurance; Florida; hurricane; real estate; insurance premiums; homeowners; Bermuda; Monte Carlo; state regulators; anti-trust law; State Farm

    By Paige St. John

    Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.)


  • Florida's Insurance Nightmare

    The Herald-Tribune's series about the Florida property insurance market gives Floridians their first look at the risk of the insurance companies on which they rely. "In print and online, readers can see detailed financial information of more than 100 insurance carriers, the capital they have to weather a disaster, the degree to which they are overexposed, and the extent to which they are leveraged. It is the only public source to alert consumers whose homes might be in danger."

    Tags: property insurance; fraud; hurricane; Florida; insurance fraud; National Association of Insurance Commissioners; Florida Office of Insurance Information;

    By Paige St. John

    Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.)


  • Profiting from Fallen Soldiers

    Bloomberg finds that more than 130 life insurance companies have been profiting from the death benefits owed to family service members and government workers.

    Tags: soldiers; death benefits; life insurance; Prudential; Met Life

    By David Evans

    Bloomberg News (New York)


  • Deception of the Desperate

    The WSMV investigation "exposed how a Nashville-based company was deceiving people all across the country who were desperate for insurance. Many of these customers had serious illnesses, like AIDS and cancer, and could not get full coverage insurance. They found the company was telling consumers they were getting full coverage insurance, when in fact they were buying basic discount cards that barely paid any of their expenses. "

    Tags: insurance; fraud; consumer safety; medical insurance; health insurance

    By Jeremy Finley

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • Crash Course

    A popular Florida referral service company had been attracting customers injured in car accidents. The company had been exploiting Florida's "no-fault" auto insurance law to mislead it's customers into giving money to a network of chiropractors and lawyers that pocketed their money.

    Tags: fraud; scam; auto insurance; lawyer fraud

    By Lisa Rab

    New Times (Broward - Palm Beach, FL)