December 12, 2018
Sooner State Agencies

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Oklahoma Judge: Hobby Lobby Must Offer Morning-After Pill

A federal judge has rejected Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.

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Health Insurers Nervous Over Prospect of Romney Victory

You’d think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney’s improved election prospects, but instead they’re in a quandary.

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P/C Insurers Can Handle Sandy Losses; Flood Program to Bear Brunt

Ratings analysts at A.M. Best Co. said  that it is likely that the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s financial impact will fall on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is responsible for almost all flood coverage in the country.

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85 MPH Texas Highway Opening

With today’s opening of a 40-mile stretch of a Central Texas toll road, officials and residents will be watching to see how fast traffic goes — and whether the state’s drivers can handle the extra speed.

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Hospital, Physician Professional Liability Undergoing Major Change: Aon

The way health care is delivered and financed is undergoing major change, and this is reshaping the risks that hospitals and physicians face on a daily basis.

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Insurance Industry's Txt-to-Give Campaing Supports Four Charities

A new text-to-give campaign as part of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Week of Giving will generate donations for four well-known national nonprofits. During October, insurance employees can donate $5 by texting INSURANCE to 50555. Donations also can be made online at IICF’s web site, www.IICF.org.

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Attorney: Violent Weather Slamming Oklahoma Property Market

Property insurance claims in Oklahoma totaled $1.6 billion in 2011, according to one attorney familiar with the property insurance market in that state. Much of that was the result of catastrophic weather conditions that have slammed Oklahoma in recent years.

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Wal-Mart to Pay for Heart and Spinal Surgeries for Employees

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering its U.S. employees and their families free heart and spine surgeries at six major health centers at no cost to the retailer’s workers, as it tries to find better ways to cover costly, complicated procedures.

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States Ranked Highest, Lowest For Teen Driver Deaths

Wyoming, Montana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas and Alabama have the highest death rates when teens are driving, while the District of Columbia, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey have the lowest rate of deaths involving teen drivers.

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Homeowners Insurance Claims Cost Rising Rapidly: Study

The cost of homeowners insurance claims has been rising rapidly because of the combined effects of rising claim severity and increases in claim frequency, according to an insurance industry report.


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 More Employees Offering Consumer-Driven Health Plans

Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) have surpassed health maintenance organizations to become the second most common plan design offered by U.S. employers, according to a survey from Aon Hewitt.

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Reports Point to Insurance Industry Vulnerability to Climate Change

A report out Thursday urges the insurance industry to act to protect itself and the community against the increasing frequency of extreme weather due to climate change.

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Is Long-Term Care Insurance Dying?

Poor results in the long-term care insurance sector have led many providers to exit the market, leaving its future uncertain, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report.

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Winter Weather Tips

Winter weather can bring cold temperatures, snow and ice storms and sometimes blizzard like conditions that can damage property. When winter weather events occur the following winter-weather emergency tips are provided

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Home Inventory

Oklahoma is known for its severe weather and a Home Inventory List is vital to all Oklahoma families. There are many ways to create a Home Inventory List.The Oklahoma Insurance Department has found many resources available for you to create this list. It may seem hard at first to record information about everything you have …

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New Info on the Flood Program

If it were a dam or a levee, it would have been replaced ages ago. Yet the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has stayed afloat despite a regular leaking of funds since its inception in 1968. The much-needed, often-maligned program has seen a lot of action, and nearly as much inaction.

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How Social Media is Changing the Insurance Industry

There’s a change happening — a big change. And some say young independent insurance agents are the catalyst for that change. They may even be leading a revolution, of sorts, says one young agent leader.

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Will Driving become too Safe to Ensure

What would happen to the auto insurance industry if automobile safety improves to the point that vehicle collisions become relics of the past?

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Get Fit, Eat Smart-- Lower Health Insurance Premiums

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