Issues: Insurance

Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 9, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWS

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 16, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HEALTH INSURER RATE FILINGS NOW AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC

Filings on Department of Financial Services Website

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that rate increase requests from health insurers are now available on the Department of Financial Services' website, www.dfs.ny.gov. DFS has determined that all rate increase requests should be available so that the public could comment effectively, but health insurers initially objected. Then, led by United Healthcare, the insurers dropped their objections.

November 17, 2011
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Foreclosure and Homeownersip Preservation

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyContact: Bryant G.

November 4, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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N.Y. State ‘Sick But Getting Better’ Gianaris Tells UCCA

The Queens Gazette wrote on Senator Gianaris' thoughts at the UCCA meeting at Augustana Lutheran Church in Astoria Heights on October 6. The senator discussed the state of the state, in relation to its budget and deficit, along with other issues such hasydrofracking, power plant siting, hospital closings in Queens and auto insurance fraud.

October 13, 2011
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State Insurance reps in Salem, Sept. 28 to answer flood-related questions

     New York State Insurance Department representatives will be available Wednesday, September 28 in the village of Salem to answer flood-related insurance questions,  according to Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Tony Jordan.  The Mobile Command Center van will be parked in the village municipal parking lot, 301 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. next to the FEMA van.

September 26, 2011
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Windham Flood Relief Receives Boost From Guardian

WINDHAM, 09/22/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with The Guardian Life Insurance Company in announcing special funding to assist flood victims in storm damaged Windham.

“Guardian is setting the example for how good neighbors treat one another in times of tragedy,” Seward said. “Touring storm damaged portions of my district, including Windham, I have witnessed people banding together – neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers – with a common goal of rebuilding.  Guardian is clearly on the front line of the reconstruction effort.”

September 23, 2011
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Insurance Dept. MCC Returns To Greene, Schoharie Counties

ONEONTA, 09/19/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the New York State Insurance Department Mobile Command Center (MCC) will make additional stops in Greene County and Schoharie County to assist residents and business owners with insurance questions they may have following recent storms and flooding.

“As I continue to tour and meet with those who suffered storm damage it is clear additional support is needed to answer insurance questions,” said Senator Seward.  “The State Insurance Department Mobile Command Center is a tremendous resource and I am pleased to see it deployed once again to hard hit areas in my district.”

September 19, 2011
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Additional Counties To Receive Federal Disaster Aid

ONEONTA, 09/13/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that additional federal aid is now available for residents and business owners that suffered flood damage as a result of Tropical Storm Lee.

“FEMA assistance is already helping many who suffered damage after Tropical Storm Irene tore through our region, now those hit a week later by Tropical Storm Lee will also receive assistance in rebuilding,” said Senator Seward. “I joined Governor Cuomo on an aerial tour of much of the damaged region and together we witnessed the flood devastation. I appreciate the governor’s advocacy in securing additional federal aid for those in need.”

September 13, 2011
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NYS SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO’S STATEMENT ON FEMA APPROVING QUEENS RESIDENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE FOR IRENE DAMAGE

Queens, NY, September 12, 2011-- I am grateful that FEMA inspected areas of my district, assessed the damages sustained by my constituents and determined that the residents of Queens County may be awarded individual financial assistance as homeowners, tenants and small businesses recover from Hurricane Irene.   

September 13, 2011
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Insurance MCC Dispatched To Greene & Schoharie Counties

ONEONTA, 09/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the New York State Insurance Department Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be in Greene County and Schoharie County to assist residents and business owners with questions they may have following recent storms and flooding.

“While touring storm damaged towns many of those who have lost everything expressed the need for some help in contacting their insurance companies,” said Senator Seward. “Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky joined me in meeting with many storm victims and I want to thank him for his quick response to their needs by dispatching the mobile command center.”

September 11, 2011
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Important Insurance Information For Those Recovering From Irene

ONEONTA, 09/08/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today offered information provided by the New York Insurance Association (NYIA) for those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene in regard to filing an insurance claim or receiving other recovery assistance funding.

September 8, 2011
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVERAGE DUE TO WHERE YOU LIVE

Senator Joe Addabbo Has Some Helpful Advice for Constituents 

September 6, 2011
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Steps to File Insurance Claims on Damages Suffered During Hurricane Irene

Citizens throughout the state experienced extreme weather on Sunday, and many New Yorkers are still dealing with the aftermath of flooding, downed trees, power outages and other devastation. It is encouraged that those who felt the most destructive effects of Hurricane Irene to act quickly and take the appropriate steps to file insurance claims for damaged or lost property.

Here are some suggestions for filing an insurance claim for damaged or lost property:

• Contact your insurance provider and/or agent as soon as possible, as your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame. Make sure you have your policy number and other relevant information ready for your company or agent.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Lanza Urges Staten Islanders to Call State Insurance Department's Disaster Hotline for Insurance Related Questions


The State Insurance Department has created a hotline for people who have insurance related questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The line will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.. Call 1-800-339-1759 to speak with a represenative from the State Insurance Department.

September 1, 2011
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ADDABBO: AFTER IRENE, ACT NOW TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

Senator Outlines Steps to File Insurance Claims on Damages Suffered During Hurricane Irene

 

August 31, 2011
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Tips For the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

State Senator Jack M. Martins provides the follwoing tips if you have property damage from Huricane Irene and need an insurance claim filed. If you have property damage and need an insurance claim filed:

The State Insurance Department recommends the following steps to help facilitate a smooth insurance claim:

· The first step to getting your home restored is to contact your insurance company and/or agent with your policy number and other relevant information. Be aware that your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame.

August 30, 2011
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After Hurricane Irene, Senator Espaillat to New Yorkers: “Act now to protect your property and secure your financial future”

Senator outlines steps to file insurance claims on damages suffered during Hurricane Irene

Citizens throughout the state experienced extreme weather on Sunday, and many New Yorkers are still dealing with the aftermath of flooding, downed trees, power outages and other devastation. Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) is encouraging those who felt the most destructive effects of Hurricane Irene to act quickly and take the appropriate steps to file insurance claims for damaged or lost property.

August 29, 2011
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